Ananya Birla

It is never easy to begin your entrepreneurial journey and more so if you have a surname to reckon with. Ananya Birla chose the path less travelled and put in place a micro finance company. From an office in what was barely a corridor, she grew it to its current presence across five states thus making a difference in the lives of women entrepreneurs -- her target audience. With that under her belt, she has just launched her second venture, an e-commerce business, CuroCarte, which will offer high-end luxury products online. Just 22-years-old, she says being second best is certainly not something she can live with. Start-ups are her passion and on the anvil is something around music that she will unveil very soon. This University of Oxford alumnus, and a national-level chess player, says the game taught her the virtue of looking for the right approach. It seems to be working well so far.

Read more in our issue dated October 14, 2016. Issue out on stands on September 30, 2016