Who says friends and business cannot go hand in hand? Some of the biggest and most successful companies in the world have been founded by friends – Bill Gates and Paul Allen (Microsoft), Larry Page and Sergei Brin (Google), Steve Jobs, and Steve Wozniak (Apple) among others.

Closer home, we just need to scratch the surface to find those start-ups that were also built on the strong bedrock of friendship. Here's looking at heart-warming stories of friends-cum–business owners.