Forbes India successfully hosted the 30 Under 30 Soirée- which celebrated the disruptors and path-breakers under the age of 30.
The event took place on December 2 at Taj Palace, New Delhi. The team from Forbes India opened the evening on a fun note and shared, “To give you a sneek-peak into what is different this year, we have few of our past winners, who happen to be some of India’s top fashion designers, who have styled the class of 2022!”
The ceremony kick-started with a red-carpet event, followed by a keynote address, ‘Real talk with Ananth Narayanan, Founder, Mensa Brands and Former CEO, Myntra’, and a Q&A session with the audience.
Sharing details from his journey in Myntra, Narayanan said, “When I decided to join Myntra, my fashion closet was like 4 grey suits, 4 black suits, and 1-2 jackets of different colours. E-commerce was here to stay and fashion, as an e-commerce category, was large and profitable. I worked at Myntra for 4 years and the most interesting thing was how to use fashion and technology together.” He added that the three most important things in life are reputation, being a lifelong learner, and always accompanying smarter people.
Commenting on the event, he added, “It’s terrific to be at Forbes India 30 under 30 soiree and the fact that it is on-ground makes it more exciting. Love the energy in the room and the profiles that have made it to the list this year, which is a true testimonial to the potential of India.”
The evening went ahead with the second keynote address - titled ‘Own your Identity’ by Dr Trinetra Haldar Gummaraju, the openly transgender doctor and an activist who spreads awareness about and advocates for the LGBTQIA+ community, who narrated struggles of not identifying with the male gender since childhood.
“As the first-born son in my family, I couldn’t say I want to be a princess!” Gummaraju said and congratulated Forbes India for the august gathering, “Despite us coming from such diverse backgrounds and identities, we are all here together because we have something in common. I think, at some point, we have all been told that our ideas are delusional and unrealistic. I have been told that I don’t belong in a room like this, but here we are!”
Furthermore, there was a discussion consisting of panellists such as Pooja Dhingra, Founder, of Le15 Patisserie; Dhruvil Sanghvi, Founder, LogiNext; and Roopa Kumar, Founder and CEO of Purple Quarter, who shared thoughts and opinions on ‘How Gen-Z and Millennials are Redefining Work Trends.’
Apart from the awardees, the evening was also graced by chef and actor Ranveer Brar, who has also been a prominent jury member for this year's Forbes India 30 under 30 List. Brar said, “I have been a part of Forbes India 30 under 30 lists jury for a while now and it is always so much fun to meet such young energetic people, the new India. The entries class of Forbes India 30 under 30, since its inception, has always broken barriers. Congratulations to all those who have made it to this year’s list.”
Raju Kendre, Founder and CEO, Eklavya India, said, “Around 700 people are studying in our university. After being featured in the Forbes India 30 under 30 lists- class of 2022, our work has gained momentum and we are expanding. We are thankful to Forbes India.”
Pooja Dhingra, Founder and CEO, Le15 Patisserie, commented, “I was part of the first Forbes India 30 under 30 list in 2014. It proved to be very beneficial for me in my career and now it has become the place for me to interact with like-minded people. Witnessing such amazing talents get featured year after year is an inspiring experience in itself.”
Shlok Srivastava, Tech Burner, said, “We make technology available to everyone in a layman and entertaining manner. I feel very energetic to be a part of the Forbes India 30 under 30 list this year.”
Akshay, Anuj and Aditya, Beco team, commented, “Humbled and grateful to the entire Forbes India team for featuring us in the 30 under 30 list this year. Being an entrepreneur is all about getting recognition from our customers, but getting it from such a prestigious platform motivates our brand.”