A while back, business and entrepreneurship, like a lot of other things, were essentially male-centred.
The males generated, controlled and established the business world. They were the centre. However, things have started to change. Business, as it ideally should be, is now an open ground for people. Women have employed these opportunities to open new doors and windows in every space. Today, they are not the back-seat passenger but are the drivers of their career and fortune. She walks with a purpose and doesn’t have to chase people or opportunities. In fact, she creates her own. Following is a list of such women who, against all hopes and preconceived notions, wrote their own destiny and made it big:
1. Kanika Tekriwal – Founder of JetSetGo
Having made it to the 2017 Forbes’ initial Asia Under 30 list, Kanika Tekriwal has managed to make air travel easier for the private flying in India. Hailing from Bhopal, she acquired an M.B.A. and set up a private jet and helicopter market at economical and efficient rates. Founded in 2014, JetSetGo caters to every aviation needs from the on-ground services, to in-flight experience.
2. Aditi Gupta – Founder of Mentrupedia
Aditi Gupta is the founder of Menstrupedia – a friendly guide to periods which helps girls and women to stay healthy and active during those days. Aditi, not only busts and eradicates the myths and taboos around menstruation but also focuses on improving the hygiene and science behind it. She does this by the use of media, talk sessions and organized events.
3.Upasana Taku – Co-founder of Mobikwik
Hailing from the state of Gujarat, Upasana Taku is a B.Tech graduate in Industrial Engineering. She continued her studies further by attaining an MS degree in Management Science & Engineering from the US. Following this, she first got a job at HSBC, San Diego and then moved to Paypal. With an intention to develop a similar platform in the Indian ecosystem, Taku moved to India and co-founded Mobikwik.
4. Radhika Aggarwal – Co-founder of Shopclues
She is India’s first woman to enter the Unicorn Club – a group of privately held startup estimated over $1 billion. Aggarwal is an Internet entrepreneur who has acquired her educational qualification mostly in the US. She returned to India, post- serving 14 years in the States, and co-founded the online marketplace called Shopclues in 2011 in silicon valley.
5. Falguni Nayar – Founder and CEO of Nykaa
Nykaa is a Mumbai-based multi-brand beauty retailer. The company was founded by Falguni Nayar in 2012. Since then, the company has raised closed to $80 million in funding from various sources. Nayar featured in the Business Today’s ‘Most Powerful Women in Business’ 2017.
6. Richa Kar – Founder of Zivame
Richa Kar is an MBA graduate and the founder of online lingerie shopping platform called Zivame in 2011. The shopping portal has raised $9 million of investment, making it India’s leading online lingerie store. ‘Self-made’ is an understatement for Kar’s achievement for she secured and started the business without even the support of her own family.
7. Kiran Mazumdar Shaw – Chairperson and Managing Director of Biocon
Ms Kiran Mazaumdar Shaw is one of the leading name when it comes to women entrepreneurs. She is M.D. and Chairperson of Biocoin, a leading name in the biotech industry. Ranked among the TIME magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world, Shaw is seen as a thought leader and the most sough after name in the global bio-pharmaceutical business.
9. Suchita Salwan – Founder of Little Black Book
Suchita Salwan was serving as a marketing executive for BBC. Like every entrepreneur, she wanted to do something big but personal. She decided to quit her job and founded Little Black Book. Staring just as a blog-website, LBB has turned into a social media platform of its own with millions of subscribers. Based out of Delhi, the company has surpassed international borders and is operating in other countries as well.
10. Sairee Chahal – Founder and CEO of Sheroes
Founder and CEO, Sairee Chahal began her entrepreneurial journey with Sheroes. a community platform for women, offering support, resources, opportunities and interactions via Sheroes.com and the SHEROES App. Sairee is credited with building up women at work and future-of-work conversations in India.
11. Sabina Chopra – Co-founder of Yatra.com and Managing Director of Wyndham Worldwide
Sabina Chopra is the co-founder of one of India’s leading travel website Yatra.com. After successfully establishing herself in the e-travel commerce, she moved on to the US where she is managing the Wyndham Worldwide, a leading chain of hotels and restaurant.