Getting into an IIT or IIM is the dream of almost every Indian boy and girl but times are changing and more people are now turning into entrepreneurs at an age when they are expected to burn the midnight oil.
Following are some successful startups which are headed by non-IIT’ians.


Headed by Ritesh Agarwal who started his company by the name Oravel Stays at just 17. 

A college dropout who made it big in such a small age. 

Oyo rooms now has its presence in over 160 cities with 40000 rooms under its belt.

2. BookMyShow

Founded in 2007 and headed by Ashish HemRajani, this is the first name that creeps up in our mind when we plan to watch a movie.

The website garners around 500 million page views per month and has carved out a niche for itself without any competitors.

3. CarTrade

Founded in 2009 and headed by Vinay Sanghi. It serves as a marketplace for selling and buying used and new vehicles.

The webiste garners about 4.2 million page views per month which speaks for itself.

4. Freecharge

Founded in 2010 by Kunal Shah, the company has been acquired by snapdeal for $400 million which is the largest sum ever paid for an online company in recent times.

5. Paytm

Paytm stands for payment through mobile.

Founded in 2010 by Vijay Shekhar Sharma is undoubtedly the biggest startups in the recent time.

Valued over $3 billion, it stands as a landmark which roars that you dont need to be an IIT’ian to be a billionaire.

6. Games2win

Founded in 2005 and headed by Alok Kejriwal, it provides free online games for both boys and girls.

7. Practo

Founded in 2008 by final year engineering students Shashank and Abhinav.

Its aim is to help improve human logevity by simplifying healthcare. 

Over 1 million patients visit the site every month.


Founded in 2007 by Satya Prabhakar, it is one of the largest and fastest growing digital business which has about 1500 employees across 40 cities.

9. Almamater

Founded by Varun Agarwal, it provides personalised custom shirts, hoodies, mugs etc.

He has also co-founded 2 other companies namely, Reticular and Last Minute films and has also authored a best-selling book “How I Braved Anu Aunty and Co-Founded A Million Dollar Company”.

10. Unacademy

Founded by Gaurav Munjal and Roman Saini, who is the youngest IAS officer.

It provides free education material and has transformed the way of education in India. 

So these are the 10 startups in India which have changed the mindset of people that its not necessary to be an IIT’ian to be a billionaire. 

If you have an idea and persistence within you, even you can start a successful startup.

Do you know any more startups that are breaking the IIT’ian myth then do comment about it below. Waiting to read.

Till then… be merry and be meritorious!!!

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