Sharon Reid


Millennials are known as the generation that most question why; therefore, the fact that they are also known as generation Y is somewhat fitting. Their questions constantly challenge the traditional status -quo especially across business, and as a result profound changes have been made in various industries.

Here are some millennials disrupting the typically conventional areas of healthcare, education, publishing and travel as a means of propelling said areas into the 21st century with a millennial’s perspective in mind – albeit connecting people and providing useful services.

1. Health: Saurabh Arora, Lybrate

Saurabh Arora - Lybrate

Saurabh Arora – Lybrate

In a country where patients rely on unqualified chemists for health diagnoses, Saurabh is making waves with India’s first and largest mobile healthcare communication and delivery platform. Lybrate helps to bridge the supply-demand gap by seamlessly connecting doctors and patients with the aid of technology and enabling them to communicate using smartphones.

Holding an MBA from Columbia Business School and previously working on Facebook Ads, connecting SMEs and large advertisers with their customers, Saurabh is now applying what he’s learnt to help connect patients with a powerful network of 80,000 doctors across the country.

2. Marketing: David Arnoux, Growth Tribe

David Arnoux - Growth Tribe

David Arnoux – Growth Tribe

Backed by Facebook, the University of Amsterdam and StartupAmsterdam, serial entrepreneur David Arnoux launched Europe’s first growth hacking academy, Growth Tribe in 2015 alongside co-founder Peter van Sabben.

In the last year alone, they have trained over 1,400 people in over 500 companies implement and execute growth strategies, and since then high-growth companies such as and Catawiki have turned to Growth Tribe as their primary training partners to educate their employees.

3. Education: Johan Brand, Kahoot!

Johan Brand - Kahoot!

Johan Brand – Kahoot!

Driven by a passion to empower people through creativity and a human touch, Johan founded Kahoot!. Now one of the fastest learning applications with over 40 million active monthly users, Kahoot! reaches one in every three students across the United States.

Johan’s free application that has 1 billion users connects children with fun and engaging learning methods – regardless of their circumstances by making learning awesome.

Kahoot! is now the top education app in the UK and US AppStores and is more popular than Spotify on Fridays according to Google Trends.

4. Publishing: Benjamin Potter, CLICKON

Benjamin Potter -CLICKON

Benjamin Potter -CLICKON

As a passionate sports fan, Benjamin found himself being disinterested in the way content was portrayed and took it upon himself to fix this by creating CLICKON, a new-age sports publishers, challenging traditional publishers with its 650 content makers globally and with 3,200 of original content.

CLICKON creates some of the most groundbreaking and original branded content at scale with a direct line to 20 million millennials per month. Since launching in 2015, big brands such as Adidas, Topgolf, Visa, DHL and Microsoft have all come for CLICKON’s help on building content that appeals to and resonates with the world’s largest generation, millennials.

5. Travel: Andrew Watson, FLIO

Andrew Watson - FLIO

Andrew Watson – FLIO

FLIO, founded by Andrew Watson is the perfect companion for the 21st century traveller.

Airports can be difficult and frustrating to navigate, and questions like; where can I connect to free wifi? Where can I store my laptop? Is there anything around to amuse my kids? What’s the quickest route to the city? – are all answered simply with FLIO.

While the app offers you local airport deals to get the most for your money, the real selling point is how much information is stored in just one place!

6. Automotive: HK Ueda, Drivemode

HK Ueda - Drivemode

HK Ueda – Drivemode

HK Ueda has built a career on the bleeding edge of automotive innovation. Prior to founding Drivemode, HK spent four years as Product Launch Manager at Tesla Motors, responsible for the successful launch of the Model S, the world’s first all-electric premium sedan.

During his time at Tesla, HK oversaw mission-critical projects such as development of the first Model S Prototypes, production ramp up of the Model S, and planning of the world’s largest battery manufacturing plant, the Gigafactory.

7. Retail: Aron Gelbard, Bloom & Wild

Aron Gelbard - Bloom & Wild

Aron Gelbard – Bloom & Wild

Aron Gelbard believed that sending flowers to friends, family members and colleagues should be as joyous as receiving them, and that was the driving force behind Bloom & Wild. Aron launched the company in 2013, which is most known for making it possible to buy and send flowers in a short amount of time directly from your smartphone.

Since the company managed to raise £3.5 million in venture capital and angel funding, they have expanded to cover the UK and Ireland with a workforce of 30 people.

8. Finance: Christopher Vogt, BillFront

Christopher Vogt -BillFront

Christopher Vogt -BillFront

Advertising technology expert, Christopher Vogt, co-founded BillFront, a leading financial technology company which enables media companies and publishers to have faster access to their revenues.

The introduction of BillFront has been much embraced by the industry where small to medium sized businesses typically had to wait 90 to 120 days in order to receive funds for their services from clients. BillFront provides financing between €50,000 and several millions of euros per month through integrating into its customers’ invoicing systems.

Feeling inspired? You can catch up with a few of these founders next month at the Millennial 20/20 conference held in London on the 3rd and 4th of May.