These women run the coolest start ups in the country all by themselves
It’s a fact that we have a long way to go. After all, venture capital firms are made up of mostly men , and some continue to suggest women aren't cut out for the tech world at all. And way more VC money is offered to male founders than women.
It's paying off. 2016 saw female founders launch innovative companies and raise millions to help them grow, while startups in their second or third year of life began gaining ground.
And this year it’s going to be legendary. This Women’s Day, let’s find out more about the warrior princess of start up sector in the country.
An entrepreneur with over 15 years of experience as a stylist, public relations, brand building and business development specialist, Shilpa Bhatia started The Clothing Rental. A favorite of top stylists, celebrities, and fashionistas The Clothing Rental has dressed the best names in the country. You lend a dress, wear it for free and return. Suchi Mukherjee
Limeroad, India's first boutique fashion marketplace for women is run by Suchi Mukherjee. The Guragon based start up has scaled up under Suchi’s leadership. Having worked with eBay, Suchi had trouble finding the right apparels, and that’s what insisted her to get the business run smart. Advertisement Rashmi Daga
An IIM alumnus, Rashmi Daga hated the fact that gourmet food isn’t available at doorstep. Either you need to walk in to an upscale place to satiate your hunger or depend on your own skills. Rashmi, who have worked with numerous unicorns and mastered e-commerce skill, started Fresh Menu. This unique home delivery of food not only delivers gourmet food at your home but the menu changes everyday unlike a restaurant. Mitali Tandon
Mitali Tandon aims at giving party goers a unique experience. If you are a party freak too, Mondays blue too much for you. There’s that dizziness and nausea, that you term ‘hangover’. And that’s where Morning Fresh comes handy. This is a natural alcohol detox drink to help you wake up fresh, healthy, and ready to take on your day. Advertisement Komal Agarwal
Creating a brand in a market that was 95% unorganized and unbranded was a huge challenge in itself. However, Komal decided to dive into this clutter and create a brand that could raise the industry standards. Pebble, which started with select models of power banks in 2013 now offers more than 60 SKUs in the mobile accessories space ranging from power banks, chargers, cables, charging cases, BT speakers, headphones, headsets, earphones, OTG pen drives, fitness bands and VR headsets. Growing at a rate of 100% Y-O-Y, Pebble is all set to cross Rs. 100 crore turnovers in mobile accessory industry by 2018 – joining the foremost or a part of select few only. Richa Kar
Having worked with Limited Brands that owns globally renowned lingerie brand Victoria’s Secret, Richa Kar understood there is a huge potential in the under-served undergarments market in India. Having studied bigger brands across the world, Richa knows that major chunk of business in lingerie comes from ecommerce. And that’s when Richa started Zivame, a ground breaking lingerie brand in India. Advertisement Sairee Chahal
For those of who are ardent fan of TED talks in India, Sairee Chahal isn’t someone knew. However her thinking is. When she found out that most Indian women in Tier 2 and Tier 3 cities of India are comfortable doing jobs from their home and taking care of household chores as well, she formed Sheroes. It curates work from home jobs in India for women. It also holds community meets, job fairs, and workshops to mentor women professionals. Chahal has also been instrumental in starting Fleximoms, a platform where women can search for jobs post maternity. Sudeshna Basu Roy
Sudeshna Basu Roy
The Co-founder and CEO of Marg, a training and consulting firm, helps people to learn in organizations. Marg partners with HR/L&D within their clients, to impart key skills and initiate behavioural changes. Advertisement