Most Successful Women Entrepreneurs in India
Lately, we have observed a great acceleration in women entrepreneurship in India. Starting from schools and colleges girls are showing interest towards starting something new.
In the past 10 years, the Indian startup ecosystem is growing day to day. The country has witnessed a great uprise in the number of women entering into corporate. It is the dedication and zeal with which the women are facing the hurdles in the current society and becoming the champions.
According to a report, approximately 126M women have their self-made business and in India, 8M women start their own product or startup.
There was the time women were forced to marry at the early ages and limit to home and family. We must agree now that women are more successful than men in terms of managing family and career, leading team, and work factor.
The focal point of women entrepreneurs
The NWBC released a few facts related to women entrepreneurship globally:
- Women are 35% more outstanding than men in terms of raising funding.
- Startup communities are more supportive of encouraging women in all aspects.
- Governments are introducing new policies especially for women in villages.
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.
Some stats of Women entrepreneurship
- Nearly 60% of women are becoming entrepreneurs in their age of 20-30.
- 55% of women starter their company on their own.
- 70% of women entrepreneurs are having not more than 5 employees.
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 essential to draw a business plan with elements like funds, marketing, sales, employee management, financial matters, etc.
#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. Keeping ourselves updated with the startup world is important by reading startup magazines and blogs.
#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 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 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 was acted Managing Director and CEO of one of the top banks in India, ICICI. She is from Rajasthan got Masters from Mumbai. She has been one of the successful women in the Banking sector and the top magazines like The Forbes declared Kochhar as one of the 100 most powerful women.
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. The Indian government honored Naina with Padma Shree award for her role in Trading industry.
#6. Shahnaz Husain
Designation: CEO, Shahnaz Herbals Inc.
Shahnaz Husain is one of the big names in the Cosmetics market. 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 the IT Sector. Before step into IBM Advisory Board for India, she led for HP India Head for so many years. She also has been listed among India’s “Top Inspirational Women Leaders” by the CII.
Dhawan stood in 37th place among the “50 most powerful women in the business industry” by a top magazine called “The Fortune”.
#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, no doubt, she is self-confident women who made her place in the Television industry. 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 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 Calcutta, Beautician and skin care expert. VLCC, now, offering its services across 12 nations with 4k+ employees. She is one of the top Indian entrepreneurs and awarded Padma Shri in 2013 for her Contribution in Beauty and health care industry.
#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. She was also selected as ‘Global leader of the future’ by the WEF.
#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 also educated the women across the villages about wearing intimate wear produced 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. Shraddha is well known for a hard working woman who started her career from scratch and reached the heights because of her smart working nature.
#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.
Few of the clients of Engineer Babu are 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 was listed on the Forbes Magazine in the year 2014 and also 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 famous names in the e-commerce segment. She is a top Indian digital entrepreneur and led mydala to become one of the trusted ecommerce sites in India. 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
Chitra is a young entrepreneur who is in the way of making people dream journeys come true with Thrillophilia. She is the head of Thrillophillia, portal to book tours, adventurous activities, places to stay and what not. 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 Loginext, SaaS-based company in the field of Logistics. She has developed products in Loginext that helped the company to serve more than 10 million orders in one day across the continents.
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 e-commerce platform for parents to get services, products for their kids. You can also find information related to parenting on the site.
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 climbing heights in Goldman Sachs, she started Cashkaro along with Rohan Bhargava, her husband.
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.
#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 app that is missioned to deliver healthy, tasty and variety of foods to the customers on-time.
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 a 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 her problem by co-founding BankBazaar along with Arjun and his brother Adil in 2008.
Headquartered in Chennai, BankBaazar is now a one-stop platform for loans, credit cards, and other financial products and information.
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