In 2014, for the first time 19th of November was recognized as the day to celebrate Women’s Entrepreneurship Day, by 144 countries. The number of women entrepreneurs with respect to the male is still a bit skewed. From discrimination on the basis of gender to not taking them seriously, surrounded by glass ceilings to lack of support from family front, the reasons are plenty. In India, we have many such strong-headed women who are a successful entrepreneur and run prosperous businesses. Here is a list of 10 female entrepreneurs of India who are breaking all the stereotypes regarding women.
She is definitely that one name that comes on the top of our minds . The founder and CEO of the beauty e-commerce startup Nykaa. Her journey as an entrepreneur started in 2012 when she left her 18 years stint at Kotak Mahindra bank. She is one of the woman whose business touched the IPO milestone. Nykaa is also the first unicorn startup of India headed by a woman.
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The founder chairman and managing director of Biocon limited. She formed biocon way back at 1978 from the garage of her rented house. In those times seeing woman lead from the front was a huge thing and she did it with all grace and dignity. She faced numerous obstacles including lack of capital at that time. And now biocon is one of India’s leading biomedical research space.
The founder of VLCC Healthcare limited. She founded VLCC back in 1989, when first of her two daughters was just 3 years old. Popularly known as Queen of wellness, she was an inspiration for the homemakers back then when she started VLCC. While she was pursuing her higher education in Uk, Germany and France she gained a lot of knowledge about beauty and wellness products and that’s where she got the inspiration to start this beauty business venture.
The woman who popularized the career of fashion designing amongst women and received the Padma Shri for the same. She also aimed at taking Indian fashion to the world and made a mark in the global fashion arena. She is popular for mixing Indian fashion designs with contemporary fashions. Also she has a very prosperous and affluent venture in the online world of business.
The co-founder of comic menstrupedia and a successful author.
Fed up with the myths and misinformations surrounding menstruation she took it seriously and decided to change the perception of people towards it. She along with her husband founded the comic in 2012. In 2014 she was listed in Forbes India 30 under 30 for her incredible and praiseworthy work of breaking the stereotypes around menstruation.
The co-founder of Express Earth Digital services, a travel agency. Founded in 2015 by her co-founder Himanshu Narula, her husband. It takes care of all your travel needs such as hotels, cars, flights, insurance. Both of them were keen on venturing out in the field of tourism and hence left their respective jobs and started out this venture. Express Earth is a unique channel that provides smart options of traveling that suits you and it is unlike a traveling agent or company.
The co-founder of Byju’s, she joined Byju classes as a student. Byju’s is an edtech startup based in Bangalore that helps students to learn and develop better knowledge on various areas such as Jee, Neet, banking exams, CAT etc.
The co-founder and head of Human Resource department at Zolo. Zolostays helps students find accommodation along with food. It has carved its own space in the co living space of India. With over 600 workers across 5 cities, it has recently raised a funding of of $56 millions in series C round from investors like Nexus ventures and others. Currently they are looking at other options for exploring the in a city such as bikes on rent, gym membership etc.
The co-founder of Pothi.com, which the leading POD-backed open publishing platform. She is a firm believer in the disrupting power of technology and strongly believes that technology is the tool to more such boom in digital space. But at the same time she views publishing as an human endeavour of communicating and connecting to one another. Currently she is working on Instascribe, an online app that aims to make creation of beautiful and compliant eBook convenient.
The founder and and creative director of Miss Malini. It has become the go-to place for information regarding lifestyle, fashion and celebrity news. She has taken the path of being a digital influencer, a host and a best-selling author and finally a entrepreneur. Malini kept rising and reaching new avenues each day with sheer amounts of hardwork. She is counted as one of India’s most influential woman and has featured in lists such as GQ’s 50 most influential young leaders and Fortune India’s 40 under 40. Her company has an entertainment establishment which covers lifestyle articles, celebrity news and much more. The platform receives 3-4million organic visitors every month and even caters to international audiences from US, Australia, Canada, UK and South Africa.
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