Building a business is difficult. Every entrepreneur, however, must begin somewhere. There is no magic bullet for starting a successful business. However, there are no biases in business. It makes no difference when or where you begin your journey. Women Entrepreneurs in India demonstrate this.
You will succeed if you are good. Though it can take years to arrive somewhere you are proud of.
We frequently look to our favourite Indian female entrepreneurs for inspiration and guidance.
Let us now look at the top women entrepreneurs in India!
- ASHWANI ASOKANA: FOUNDER, MAD STREET DEN.
Ashwini and her husband, Anand Chandrasekaran, co-founded the cloud-based platform Mad Street Den. She previously led Intel’s Interaction and Experience Research Lab’s mobile innovation team in Silicon Valley. She has over a decade of experience in Silicon Valley. As a result, she became interested in artificial intelligence.
Her experiences as a mother, UI designer, business development representative, ethnographer, programme manager, product manager, and artist aided her in forging her own path. Ashwini, a classically trained dancer, has been named to Fortune’s 40 under 40 list. She has also been featured in Vogue, TechCrunch, Nikkei, and other publications.
What exactly is Mad Street Den (MAD)?
MAD is a company that specialises in artificial intelligence and computer vision. Their mission is to create generalizable intelligence models that can be used by billions of people. Today, with a team of more than 175 people, MAD’s image recognition platform, Vue.ai, which was launched in 2016, is revolutionising the fashion industry.
2. CHITRA GURUNANI DAGA: COFOUNDER, THRILLOPHILIA
Chitra and her husband, Abhishek Daga, co-founded Thrillophilia. She attended the Indian School of Business. She decided to go into business despite having no prior experience because she was passionate about it. Her family was not a business family, and neither was her husband’s. They decided to pursue their dreams in an unconventional manner. She was inspired by her love of travel and helping others realise their dreams. As a result, she sought out professionals who shared her enthusiasm for adventure.
What exactly is Thrillophilia?
Thrillophilia is an Indian adventure travel company that curates unique and offbeat travel experiences. It is now one of the largest online platforms for travel experiences, with 3.5 million monthly users. Thrillophilia has established a brand name for itself through an active website, blog, and social media. They are one of India’s most well-known travel companies.
3. DIVYA GOKULNATH: COFOUNDER, BYJU’S
Divya co-founded Byju’s, an educational platform designed to help students learn more effectively. She had finished her engineering degree at RV College and was preparing to take the GRE in order to continue her studies abroad. This is when she began attending Byju Raveendran’s classes as a student.
Divya soon became a teacher at Byju’s and married him. When the time came to launch the platform, Byjus chose her to do so. BYJU is now the world’s most valuable ed-tech company.
In 2019, Divya was named one of Linkedin’s top voices.
What exactly is BYJU’s?
BYJU is the most valuable ed-tech startup in the world. It provides learning through an app and website for competitive exams such as JEE, CAT, NEET, and IAS, as well as students in grades 1-12. In 2015, it released its flagship product, BYJU’S – The Learning App, for grades 4-12. The app now has over 42 million registered students and 3 million paid annual subscriptions. Every day, a student spends an average of 71 minutes on the app. The app was created with the goal of making learning more enjoyable through visual lessons. BYJU’S also has an early learning application for students in grades one through three.
4. FALGUNI NAYAR: FOUNDER, NYKAA
Falguni is the founder of Nykaa.com and is well-known in India for her entrepreneurial journey. She launched Nykaa.com after 25 years of experience and a highly successful career in financial services. Falguni Nayar, an IIM Ahmedabad graduate, has built a beauty and skin-care retail empire. Her greatest achievement in her early days was creating the Nykaa brand. It is now a go-to platform for beauty.
She was named Business Today’s “Most Powerful Businesswoman” and the Economic Times’ “Woman Ahead.” Nykaa recently joined the unicorn club after receiving a fresh Rs 100 crore ($13 million) investment from existing backer Steadview Capital.
What Is the Purpose of Nykaa?
Nykaa is a leading beauty and wellness e-commerce platform for women, valued at $1.2 billion. They are well-known for their authentic products and trusted brand names. They are proud of their retail collaborations with top-tier personal care companies like Unilever, P&G, L’Oreal, Beiersdorf, and Johnson & Johnson. Nykaa has also hosted the ‘Nykaa Femina Beauty Awards’ in collaboration with the women’s lifestyle magazine Femina since 2015. (India). They’ve recently expanded into newer market segments with Nykaa men, fashion, and other products.
5. MALINI AGARWAL: FOUNDER AND CREATIVE DIRECTOR OF MISS MALINI
Miss Malini Agarwal is the creative director and founder of her own company, Miss Malini. She is one of the women entrepreneurs in India who began on the couch and progressed to become a host, digital influencer, best-selling author, and entrepreneur. As her fame grew, she pursued new opportunities.
She is regarded as one of India’s most powerful women. She has also been named to GQ’s 50 Most Influential Young Indians and Fortune India’s 40 Under 40 lists.
Today, her company has established revenues and has evolved into an entertainment institution that covers lifestyle articles, celebrity news, tips and tricks, and much more!
What is Miss Malini?
MissMalini has established itself as a go-to source for Bollywood, Fashion, and Lifestyle news. It now reaches over 40 million people per month and has several digital properties in various niches. Every month, the platform receives 3-4 million unique visitors and serves an international audience from the United States, Canada, Australia, the United Kingdom, and South Africa. The Miss Malini Entertainment platform is primarily run by women, and women account for two-thirds of their audience. Orios Venture Partners and New Enterprise Associates have invested Rs 10.4 crore in the platform.