Most Successful Women Entrepreneurs in India
In recent years, there has been a recording rise in female entrepreneurship and more women are pursuing their careers towards becoming entrepreneurs and work, which is really a good thing for the society and self.
Earlier decade, there has been a high ideal shift of numbers in the Indian corporate space. The country has witnessed a great uprise in the number of women entering into corporate. It is the passion and determination with which the women have addressed multiple challenges that have made them winners in their own right today.
According to the National Sample Survey, only 14% of businesses are run by women entrepreneurs in India. In which most of the companies are bootstrapped and small scale. Taking a global report, today nearly 126 million women have their own business and whereas in India 8 million women run their own.
The days are gone when women were considered not equal to all in this world. Nowadays the fact that women are as best as men on all parameters of Hard work, Intelligence, Maintaining home and career, & Leadership qualities.
The National Women’s Business Council stated few positive findings, highlighting women efforts to address women entrepreneurship hurdles:
- Women have been 32% more successful at raising capital through crowdfunding than men
- Entrepreneur ecosystems are being created to help better support women entrepreneurs through government policies, and accelerate their growth.
The new generation of women have overcome all their odds & have proved themselves beyond in the world of entrepreneurship. Women hold great positions in their fields. There are so many icons in terms of success.
Interesting stats of Women entrepreneurship
- About 58% of women entrepreneurs in India started their own in the ages of 20-30
- Nearly 73% of women entrepreneurs report revenue of Rs 10 Lakh in one financial year
- Almost 57% of women started their business alone
- About 35% of women had a co-founder
- Roughly 71% of women entrepreneurs employ 5 or fewer people.
How women can scale successfully in women entrepreneurship?
#1. Clarity of idea and execution
Women must stay strong and smart in establishing their business – from the initial idea to execution. It is important to create a roadmap like investment, marketing, revenue generating, financing, etc. All these factors need to be evaluated carefully, which would then form the way for the framework.
#2. Constant Learning
Learning is endless. Women should be aware of the current affairs, trends, market-related news to introduce new strategies into their business. Reading newspapers, online startup stories, failure stories, solutions are really essential to understand any business.
#3. Time Management
For women, prioritizing should be the main factor. Because she is carrying a personal and professional life restlessly. Women should ask themselves which is the first priority? Should keep checklist not only monitors the daily works in an effective way, but also reaching targets.
#4. Building a support system
At home and office. Women need positive energy to keep pushing themselves forward. Build a support system at the workplace, home. It is a thought of bringing everyone together and accomplishes every individual and team goals and with this, there would be growth for all.
Why Women entrepreneurship requires a different perspective?
Most of the women are unaware of the potential that lies within themselves. With the right guidance and mentoring, they will shine as intelligent and successful businesswomen. To achieve this every individual has to work towards erasing the words like “stay indoor and cooking”, “early marriages” etc. At the end of the day, it is the work quality that company looks, but not caste, gender. Allow your talent to speak for itself, not gender or caste or any other thing.
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Here are some successful female entrepreneurs in India including young and seniors
#1. Indu Jain
Designation: ChairPerson, Times group.
Indu Jain, currently the chairperson of India’s largest media group, Times Internet. She is known by various identities as spiritualist, humanist, educationalist, entrepreneur. Ms Jain was awarded the Padma Bhushan by the Govt. of India 2016. She awarded the Mahatma-Mahavira to involve in several activities. She is also the founding president of The Ladies Wing of the FICCI(FLO). She is a strong Votary for women rights. Now her two sons running the company.
#2. Chanda Kochhar
Designation: Former MD and chief executive officer of ICICI Bank
Chanda Kochhar is the former MD and chief executive officer of ICICI Bank. She is from Rajasthan got Masters from Mumbai. She has been the most Strong & Important name in Retail Banking & the Forbes list of the World’s 100 most powerful women additional to other rankings. Under her ICICI bank won the “Best Retail Bank in India” award in 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005 & Excellence award in 2002. “Businesswomen of the year 2005” by Economic Times. “Rising Star Award” in 2006.
#3. Indra Nooyi
Designation: CEO, Pepsico.
Indra Nooyi is the current CEO and Chairperson of the second largest food & beverage business, Pepsico. The Topmost well-known Face among women entrepreneurs of India. She is from Chennai and did her bachelor’s in science & MBA. She has been awarded prestigious Padma Bhushan for her business achievements and been as an inspirational.
#4. Kiran Mazumdar Shaw
Designation: Chairman & MD, Biocon Limited.
Kiran, from Bangalore, She completed her Bachelor’s in Zoology from Bangalore, & PG from Melbourne University. Shaw is the Chairman & MD of Biocon Limited, one of the leading biopharmaceutical companies. She is one of the strong women placed in Forbes list more than once. Kiran is also a member of the board of governors of Indian School of Business & IIT, Hyd. Kiran received the prestigious Padma Shri (1989) & Padma Bhushan(2005) from the govt. of India.
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#5. Naina Lal Kidwai
Designation: Former Group General manager & Country Head – HSBC, India.
Naina is Presently country head of HSBC India. She has completed her Bachelors in Economics from Delhi University & an MBA from Harvard Business school, she is the first Indian women who graduated from Harvard. Kidwai also the global advisor of Harvard Business school. Indian government conferred Padma Shri award on Naina for her contribution towards Trade & Industry.
#6. Shahnaz Husain
Designation: CEO, Shahnaz Herbals Inc.
Shahnaz Husain is the biggest trendsetter in Herbal Cosmetics Industry in India. She is known as the “Queen of Herbal Beauty care”. The company has over 400 franchise clinics & Services across the world covering 138 countries. She is the topmost women entrepreneur. She received the Prestigious Padma Shri award in 2006.
Designation: IBM India Advisory Board
Neelam Dhawan is an icon and inspirational for every woman working in IT Sector. Before step into IBM Advisory Board for India, she led for HP India Head for so many years. She has been placed on the 37th position among the “50 most powerful women in Business” in 2009 by Fortune Magazine. She also has been listed among India’s “Top Inspirational Women Leaders” by the CII.
#8. Priya Paul
Designation: Chairperson of Apeejay Surrendra Park Hotels.
Priya Paul is a Prominent & Top businesswomen and one of the most revered Personalities in the hospitality industry. She has been conferred with Padma Shri award by the Government of India on 26th January 2012. India’s fourth civilian honor, for her services to Trade & Industry by President of India.
#9. Ekta Kapoor
Designation: JMD & Creative Director, Balaji Telefilms.
Ekta Kapoor, undoubtedly we can say one of the top women entrepreneurs in India. She is head of India’s most television Industry Balaji Telefilms. The women who changed the face of Indian Tv. The women who single-handedly founded Balaji. She is the most successful producer of the entertainment world. She has produced so many successful serials & movies. She won the Hall of Fame award at the 6th Indian telly awards in 2006. She is one of the strong women entrepreneurs.
#10. Vandana Luthra
Designation: Founder, VLCC.
Vandana is the founder of VLCC Health care Limited. She is a leader in India’s health & Wellness Industry. She is from Kolkata, Beauty expert herself in health fitness, skin care, nutrition. Today her VLCC Present across 11 countries with 4000+ employees and the women behind it, credit goes to Vandana. She is one of the top Indian entrepreneurs. She was also awarded Padma Shri in 2013 for her Contribution.
#11. Sulajja Firodia Motwani
Designation: Vice ChairPerson – Kinetic Motors.
Sulajja is the Joint Managing Director of Kinetic Motors. She is one of the Indian Women Entrepreneurs & Philanthropist. Sulajja has single-handedly maintained, designed & developed marketing strategies to spread the company’s growth. Sulajja’s growth 7 looks recognized by India today named her “Face of Millennium” & also selected as “Global leader of tomorrow” by the world economic Forum.
#12. Suchi Mukherjee
Designation: Founder & CEO, Limeroad
Suchi received many awards & recognition like K.C. Nag Economics Prize, commonwealth Cambridge Scholarship. Before this, she is a part of eBay, Skype, Gumtree. She was selected as one of the Rising talent, High Potential leaders. It is an E-commerce website for Urban women. Before launching Limeroad, Suchi was a part of the initial development team of Skype.
#13. Richa Kar
Designation: Founder & CEO, Zivame.
Richa Kar, Founder & CEO of online Lingerie store Zivame.com. It has got its fame for the first web platform having over 2000 styles. She has significant experience in branding, retail marketing & operations. She is from Jamshedpur & completed her engineering from BITS Pilani(2002) and masters(2007). She is probably the first women played a role in educating women across the country about intimate wear and perfect styles to understand by zivame.
#14. Shradha Sharma
Designation: Founder & CEO, Your Story Media Pvt.Ltd.
Shraddha is a founder of India’s top media platform YourStory, for entrepreneurs and startup ecosystem. She is from Patna, Bihar completed a degree from Delhi & MICA. She previously worked with Times of India & CNBC TV18. Younger generation women entrepreneurs look up to her. She was awarded the L’Oréal Paris Femina award for online influence in 2015 & she was selected among 500 LinkedIn influencers across the world.
#15. Aditi Chaurasia
Designation: Co-founder, EngineerBabu
Aditi is one of the co-founders of EngineerBabu. They are the trusted partner for hundreds of startups who develop mobile apps and websites. Along with Mayank Pratap, the company was started back in 2014 and today it is the trusted platform for thousands of freelancers and customers.
Currently, EngineerBabu is developing applications for giants like Samsung, Wittyfeed, YCombinator, Google ventures, Thrillophilia, Byju’s, YourStory and this list goes on.
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#16. Aditi Gupta
Designation: Founder, Menstrupedia
One of the most common issues still mainly in rural areas is menstruation, but with time, it is getting the attention through movies or educators talk openly about it to help society and educate women more about health and hygiene. One such step has been taken by a social entrepreneur Aditi Gupta(34) through menstrupedia. She is listed her name in Achiever’s list of Forbes India in 2014. She is a TED Speaker too. Aditi aspires to get the change in a girl’s, women, and society’s life.
#17. Anisha Singh
Designation: Founder & CEO, Mydala
Anisha Singh is one of the well-known on entrepreneurship, women equality at workplace & e-commerce. She is a top Indian digital entrepreneur. She led mydala to become one of the leading online portals in the country generating immense value for customers. She also won the Zee TV outstanding young entrepreneur 2016 & the e-INC/e-Tales Awards for e-Commerce entrepreneur of the year 2016.
#18. Chitra Gurnani Daga
Designation: Co-Founder & CEO, Thrillophilia
This is about a young entrepreneur journey of a woman who helped in other dream journeys. Yes!! Chitra gurnani( is a head of adventure tours and travel company named Thrillophilia Tours Pvt Ltd. She is dynamic, strong and amazing women who love to travel and passionate in taking risks. Today it’s become a long way of many successful years and offers 10,000+ travel experiences in 25+ countries.
#19. Manisha Raisinghani
Designation: Co-founder & CTO, LogiNext
Manisha leads one of the fastest growing SaaS companies LogiNext that serves logistics and workforce optimization. She has created products that enable LogiNext to successfully optimize more than 10M shipments per day across Asia, Europe, and the U.S.
Before it, she worked with IBM, Mastek, and C2LBiz in the roles of technology architect.
#20. Naiyya Saggi
Designation:CEO & Founder, BabyChakra
Naiyya Saggi, an MBA Post graduate from Harvard Business School with a Law degree from NLU, has created her mark in the startup ecosystem with BabyChakra.
BabyChakra is an online platform that connects Indian parents to the best services for their kids. Her realization for good childcare platform in India led to the birth of BabyChakra. She has also raised funding from Mumbai Angels, Singapore Angel network, etc.
You can know more about her here.
#21. Swati Bhargava
Designation: Co-founder, CashKaro
Swati Bhargava, ambitious girl from the small town of Ambala, India, secured a scholarship from Singapore Govt. and then to LSU (The London School of Economics). After her studies, she worked 5 years for Goldman Sachs. After gaining corporate experience from Goldman Sachs she along with her husband, Co-Founder, Rohan Bhargava, started CashKaro.
As per her, CashKaro is the only VC backed cashback site and has raised ~$4 million in Series A funding led by Kalaari Capital. Her firm also raised funding from Mr. Ratan Tata, former Chairman, Tata Sons.
#22. Upasana Taku
Designation: Co-founder, MobiKwik
Upasana Taku is one of the co-founders of MobiKwik, biggest digital wallet in India. Finished her schooling in Surat, later went to NIT Jalandhar for her B-tech in Industrial Engg, and eventually did her M.S from Stanford University, U.S.
MobiKwik has grown larger Since she got the idea of a digital wallet in the year 2009. Today, a millennial can’t imagine to pay online bills or recharges without MobiKwik in their phones.
#23. Radhika Aggarwal
Designation: Co-founder and Chief Business Officer at ShopClues
Radhika, one of the co-founders of online e-commerce Shopclues.com and India’ s first woman to enter the Unicorn club. She has an MBA from Washington University, St.Louis in advertising and PR.
Prior to ShopClues, she worked in MNCs like Nordstrom and Goldman Sachs.
- She won Outlook Business Woman of worth at Outlook Business Awards – 2016
- Woman entrepreneur of the year at Entrepreneur India Awards -2016
- Exemplary Woman Entrepreneur of the Year at CMO Asia Awards – 2016
- CEO of the Year Award at CEO India Awards – 2016
#24. Rashmi Daga
Designation: Founder at FreshMenu.com
An I.I.M graduate, Rashmi Daga, has gained experience from multiple industries before she entered into Food industry and made the brand FreshMenu.
FreshMenu is an online food delivery service that aims to deliver delicious, healthy and fresh food at your doorstep. It has its presence in Bangalore, Mumbai and Delhi NCR as of now and serves 30,000 orders a day.
#25. Rati Shetty
Designation: Co-founder and Chief Product Officer of BankBazaar
The turning point year was 2007 for Rati Shetty, When she tried to get home loan along with her husband Arjun shetty. They approached multiple banks and became frustrated as the process was time-taking and not easy.
She solved this issue by turning herself into an entrepreneur with BankBazaar along with Arjun shetty and his brother Adhil Shetty in the year 2008.
Headquartered in Chennai, BankBazzar is now one stop platform for loans, credit cards and other financial products and information.
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