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10 Wildly-Successful Women Who Started Companies in Their 20s

10 Wildly-Successful Women Who Started Companies in Their 20s

If anyone's going to inspire you to get started on that side project, it's the female founder behind one of the world's biggest dating apps, one of Australia's most successful tech entrepreneurs, or the fitness fanatic busy building herself a media empire. All of these women started wildly-successful companies while they were still in 20s, and if they can do it, you sure as hell can. Start scrolling, and then get busy. 


Bianca Cheah @biancamaycheah 

A model, writer, and fitness expert, Bianca Cheah is the face behind digital health and beauty destination, Sporteluxe. She won't just inspire you to get started on your startup—this Instagram account will get you to the gym too.

Jen Gotch @jengotch

The founder and chief creative officer of fashion business ban.do—she went from TV extra to blogger, to food stylist, to pre-law before getting noticed in the fashion accessory business. Her quirky brand's a Taylor Swift favorite, and the only inspiration you need to start hustling on that creative side project. Now, not tomorrow.


Kath Purkis @kathpurkis

With more than 32,000 followers on Instagram, Purkis is definitely one of the more successful—at least by social media standards–on this list. She's the founder of Her Fashion Box, a wildly popular beauty, fashion, and lifestyle subscription service based in Sydney that recently scored a $200,000 deal on Shark Tank.

Danielle Lewis @daniellelewisco

Brisbane-born businesswoman Danielle Lewis is the cofounder of Scrunch, a data and analytics company for digital publishers. Before launching Scrunch she blogged at BrisbaneThreads.com, and now runs her blog while traveling across Australia and the US running her company.

Lorna Jane Clarkson @ljclarkson

You know her as the founder of activewear giant Lorna Jane, but in addition to being one of Australia's most prominent entrepreneurs, Clarkson is also an author, speaker, and seriously influential media personality in the wellness and startup space.

Peta Shulman, @petashulman

Peta Schulman, 26, built a million-dollar wellness empire selling boxes of health food to Australians. She started her business in June 2014 after quitting a career in PR, and now focuses full-time on her thriving startup.

Whitney Wolfe @whitwolfe

Whitney Wolfe is 26 years old, and has already launched two companies you may have heard of: Tinder and Bumble. After launching (and then swiftly leaving with accusations of sexism) Tinder, Wolfe developed a women-focused dating app, Bumble. 


Lauren Silvers @lauren_silvers 

If you made a beauty appointment in Sydney lately, chances are you did it through SIlvers' app, Glamazon. The easiest way to discover new salons, plus book and pay for treatments in Australia, Glamazon is one of the country's most promising new businesses. Especially if you're in need of a new hairdresser.

Payal Kadakia @payal222

She used to be a dancer, but now Payal Kadakia is at the helm of Classpass, one of Silicon Valley's fastest-growing companies. She graduated MIT with a degree in Operations Management and Economics, and launched her dance company in 2008 after growing tired of climbing the corporate ladder. In 2012, she created what is now known as ClassPass, to help promote her company. And well, that marketing platform is now valued at more than $400,000. 

Photo: Into the Gloss

Photo: Into the Gloss

Amber Venz Box @venzedits

It's not every Instagram influencer who manages to turn their social media following into a multi-million dollar business, but Amber Venz Box did just that. After growing more popular as a fashion blogger, Venz launched Instagram-friendly shopping platform, LIKEtoKNOW.it. Now she has 150 staffers across four offices and three countries. Last year, her company was responsible for $500 million in global retail sales, and raised $15 million from investors. Oh, and she's also a brand new mom and wife, so basically our motivation to never whine about being too busy, ever again.

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