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December 19, 2013

Top young entrepreneurs to watch in 2014

We pick five of the most promising young tech entrepreneurs to watch in 2014.

By Kate Heslop

5. Ritesh Agarwal

Agarwal is just 19 and yet he is the CEO of two companies that he founded when he was only 16, OYO Inns and Oravel. He has also been selected for the ’20 under 20′ Thiel Fellowship to carry on his tech training, where we will pursue more innovative ideas. 2014 could be a big year for this young entrepreneur.

4. William LeGate

19 year old LeGate started his tech career at 14 with the iOS app Fake-A-Text. The app has had over 5 million downloads since its launch, and that was just the beginning. LeGate was awarded a Thiel Fellowshop at just 18, and is currently working in San Francisco on new app plans.

3. Alex Sowter and George Johnston

Sowter and Johnston, 21 and 20 respectively, created Blinc, an iOS app that could be set to rival Snapchat and other photo messaging apps. Users send photos using the app to their friends, then the app takes a photo of the receiver of the image, sending an instant reaction to the sender. An alternative to ‘liking’ or ‘sharing’ images, sending an instant reaction in a photo aims to make it more fun and interesting.

2. Andrew Brackin

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Brackin is the founder of Bunchy, a funding platform that allows charities and organisations to raise money using social media networks and websites. The co-creator of PayPal offered Brackin £67,000 to create the company, provided he moved to San Francisco and didn’t attend university for at least two years. The offer was part of the 2013 Thiel Fellowship, and Brackin had passed every round. At only 19 years old, the possibilities for his tech career are endless.

1. Evan Spiegel

Spiegel is the 23 year old co-founder of Snapchat, and made headlines this year by turning down a $3bn offer from Facebook and a $4bn bid from Google. With the increasing popularity of Snapchat, Spiegel is definitely one to watch for 2014. What will his next moves be? Were these offer rejects a bad idea or the best thing he could do for his company. Stay tuned.

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