Mumbai : Forbes India released this weekend the fifth annual “Forbes India 30 Under 30” list, featuring 30 young achievers that meet three broad criteria: The extent of impact of their achievements, and their ability to disrupt the status quo; scalability of the business or line of work and; their potential to stay a long-term player. They range across several categories such as artistes, chefs, designers, entertainers, entrepreneurs, finance gurus, musicians and sports persons.
The 2018 Forbes India 30 Under 30 list, includes 30 honourees across 15 categories. All under 30 years old, the achievers were arrived at following a three-fold research process: One, interviews by the Forbes India team with sources across relevant categories as well as through studies of databases and media coverage. Two, on forbesindia.com, inviting applications from, or nominations of, entrepreneurs and professionals who fit the criteria. Three, spreading the word on social media.
This helped the Forbes India team arrive at a longlist of over 300 names across 15 categories. The next step was narrowing down to a ‘short longlist’—the names most likely to make it to the top 30. This pool of around 100-odd names was decided in consultation with experts. The last stage was separating the final 30 from the other contenders. Armed with expert views, the Forbes India editorial team debated, argued and vetoed its way down to the final 30.
“The Forbes India 30 Under 30 List is a celebration of dreamers and daring-doers, venturerers and adventurers,” says Brian Carvalho, Editor, Forbes India. “This bunch is driven to break new ground by either excelling in areas they’ve chosen to make their own, or looking for new competitive advantages with tech-driven business models.”
Joy Chakraborthy, CEO – Forbes India and President, Revenue – Network18 said, “With the prestige attached to this list, apart from recognizing the talent of these entrepreneurs, we hope it will provide the right impetus for more achievers from Generation Z to follow.”
The Forbes India 30 Under 30 list has considered for selection those who were under the age of 30 as on December 31, 2017 (the cutoff date for selection of the list). Thus, in the case of enterprises which have several co-founders, it has considered only those where at least one of them is under the age of 30.