58 Indian-Americas Included in Forbes Under 30 Class of 2022
24% of the honorees are founders and co-founders of companies who have collectively raised USD 1 billion.
FREMONT, CA: 58 Indian-American business executives are featured in the Forbes Under 30 list of innovators, entertainers, and entrepreneurs who, according to the business magazine, are set to redefine the next decade.
24.4% of the honorees in the list of 600 in 2022 are immigrants who hail from 50 different countries, and half of them identify themselves as people of color. 24% of the honorees are founders and co-founders of companies who have collectively raised USD 1 billion. But all of them displayed great resilience to fight against the odds in 2021: navigating the pandemic, supply chain disruptions, and building companies that are changing the world.
One of the first Indian-Americans to join the list is Apoorva Mehta, founder of Instacart. This San Fransisco-based grocery delivery firm is currently valued at USD 39 billion. Apoorva founded Instacart in 2012 and was ranked 859 on Forbes Billionaires 2021 list. Akilesh Bapu, the co-founder of DeepScribe, an AI-based medical scribe developer, also made it to the list. In the Marketing & Advertising domain, the founder of Divisional, a marketer-first agency, Trevor Sookraj, was featured. Trevor’s vision is to provide startups with a full-growth team of Divisional employees at a minimal cost. In 2021, Divisional’s outsourcing model witnessed revenue growth of 240%, accounting for USD 1.5 million. Co-founder of Acquco—one of the largest and fastest-growing aggregator firms that sell on Amazon—Raunak Nirmal was also honored in the list as his company raised over USD 160 million. Raunak is a Sikh immigrant who moved to the US when he was seven. Three Indian American scientists, Srijan Kumar, Pranav Rajpurkar, and Shruti Rijhwani, also made it to the list this year.
Srijan is an assistant professor at the Georgia Institute of Technology and is working in cyber security. The IIT-Kharagpur alumni have developed a data science and ML-based solution that combats troll armies and fraudsters. Pranav is an assistant professor at Harvard who heads a lab focused on applying AI in healthcare. Shruti, a BITS Pilani graduate and a Ph.D. candidate at Carnegie Mellon University, is developing a natural language processing tech that will help revitalize endangered languages.
The innovators mentioned above evocatively represent all the Indian-Americans featured this year in the list, showcasing that the Indian diaspora in foreign countries is truly poised to tackle global challenges and proactively engage with them and resolve them. As an inspiration to the millions of people wishing to make it big in their respective fields, these Indian-Americans have proven that passion and hard work always overpower adversities.