India is the new hub of various successful start-ups that are taking world by a storm. The ones who succeeded were the ones who took the extra mile, who made an extra effort, gave an extra push and today these people are ruling the world. Gradually, women are joining this league, this league, where men used to rule. Some of the women who have made a mark in the Indian Startup Ecosystem, the entrepreneurs who have risen above others, who showed a great deal of courage and determination to fulfill their dreams, who were strong enough to not hear ‘no’ from anyone.
Some of those women entrepreneurs are:
1. Aditi Chadha
Aditi Chadha is the first woman Internet of Things (IOT) entrepreneurs in India. She is the CEO & Product Architect of DAZL, a Gurgaon-based startup which brings fashion and technology together. DAZL provides luxe smart jewelry that also provides location-based safety alerts to your loved ones.
This year, DAZL raised $10,500 from Vodafone. It is Vodafone’s first seed investment in an Indian startup.
2. Ajaita Shah
Ajaita Shah is the founder of Frontier Markets and the president of Frontier Innovations Foundation. She was born and brought up in New York and grew out to become the founder of a company that uses solar power to provide energy to 30 million households. In 2003, she went to India to know about its energy consumption appetite. She understood the plight of the women living in rural areas who had to cook in dark using the highly polluting and dangerous kerosene lamps.
Till 2010, she had covered over 25,000 villages in over 5 states. She had applied her learnings from working in Microfinance firms to make the energy accessible and affordable for the rural people.
3. Anu Sridharan
Anu Sridharan, a civil engineer, who is the founder of NextDrop. This company tackles the problem of erratic water supply- especially in urban areas of India. It sends a text message before water arrives in people’s taps, while also offering utility boards the tools to manage and track leakages in the water supply system.
4. Aditi Gupta
Aditi Gupta, the Founder of Menstrupedia, has been working relentlessly in order to educate Indian Society about menstrual health and hygiene through her website. She believes that menstruation should not be treated as a curse and moreover, girls should be taught about certain precautions and hygiene related tips. Menstruation is still considered as something which one should whisper about.
5. Anisha Singh
Anisha turned her daily deals startup MyDala around from the brink of failure in 2011 when the coupon model was unraveling with the troubles at Groupon. However, now it’s doing what Groupon could never do. Today MyDala has a presence in over 200 Indian cities and 200 million registered users.
6. Chanda Kochar
7. Falguni Nayar
Falguni Nayar was an investment banker for 27 years before she turned into an entrepreneur. She founded Nykaa, a beauty and wellness e-store. Her startup recently bagged a series B round of US$9.5 million.
8. Gloria Benny
Co-founder of a non-profit organization named Make A Difference(MAD). The organization works with nearly 5,000 children in 77 shelter homes across 23 cities in India. It has nearly 4000 young leaders that help as volunteers for this organization. Gloria has taken MAD to another level.
9. Indu Jain
10. Indra Nooyi
11. Kiran Mazumdar Shaw
Kiran is the Founder Chairman and Managing Director (CMD) of Biocon Limited. Biocon is a pharmaceutical company which manufactures generic active pharmaceutical ingredients. This company was started in 1978 and today is a very well-known name in the field of Biomedicine. She is also a member of a very prestigious post in Indian School of Business and Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Hyderabad.
12. Nidhi Agarwal
Nidhi Agarwal is the founder of Kaaryah. The company focuses on the difficulties of working women who have a full-time job of looking presentable yet appropriate for the working environment. Kaaryah provides women with sharp and suiting work-wear. After facing 113 rejections, she finally managed to raise funds and continued with her idea.
13. Naina Lal Kidwai
Naina is the Country Head and Group General Manager of HSBC India Group. She was the first woman to graduate from Harvard Business School. Apart from this, she has also had big responsibilities on her shoulders previously also in Global Advisor, Harvard Business School, Nestle, etc. She was felicitated with the Padma Shri Award.
14. Richa Kar
Richa Kar is the founder of Zivame – an online lingerie store. Today it offers more than 5,000 styles, 50 brands, and 100 plus sizes. Its estimation is evaluated to be of $100 million. Her main concern was the need for privacy while selecting the items and e-commerce provided just that. The site has enhanced the experience of lingerie shopping of Indian women.
15. Ritika Nangia
Ritika is the owner of an e-store Funcart which delivers party materials. This company has had a profit of more than 50 lakhs which was used to develop the quality, infrastructure, and technology.
16. Sairee Chahal
Sairee Chahal started her company ‘Sheroes’ in 2014, understanding the unfortunate situations of women who can’t continue doing their jobs because of family problems. She is empowering women, by providing jobs where one can work from home. She is also the co-founder of Fleximoms, an important ally to every person who needs a flexible job.
17. Swati Bhargava
Swati, who is a London School of Economics grad, is the founder of CashKaro. She did her graduation from London School of Economics. The site allows customers to get a cashback in their wallet or account, which they can use on their next purchase. It is especially useful for the retailers because it generates a repeat purchase engagement.
18. Shradha Sharma
19. Suchi Mukherjee
A post-grad from London School of Economics decided to become an entrepreneur when she was on her maternity leave. Now her start-up named LimeRoad is one of the most successful ventures’. It has set itself apart by combining fashion and e-commerce. It gives a whole new experience to shopping online.
20. Vandana Luthra