A successful entrepreneur harbors a desire to improve lifestyle quality. With the liberalization, privatization, and globalization that occurred in 1990s India, the field of entrepreneurship has become increasingly dominated by women. Below are honorable mentions of some of the top 15 women entrepreneurs of India who created a breakthrough in their respective fields with their work and dedication.
Top 15 Women Entrepreneurs Of India
1. Aditi Gupta
Indian society mostly the rural areas still regards menstruation as an existing taboo. The main reason for the existence of such taboos is the lack of awareness and illiteracy. Some of the taboos associated with periods are entering the places of worship, touching food items and entering kitchen. Aditi Gupta herself faced the taboo of menstruation and this motivated her to bring awareness to the masses. This motivated Aditi to generate awareness among people. Aditi has been serving effectively to reduce and eliminate these issues. She is the Co-founder of a comic-series called “Menstrupedia”. Aditi is a social entrepreneur who began her comic to raise awareness about menstruation.
2. Basudha Srivastava
Co-founded a travel agency called “ExpressEarth Digital Services” with her husband Himanshu Narula. The company operates wide operations ranging from taking care of your minute as well as major details. Basudha had a deep love for travelling and this became a major reason for her in laying the foundations of her own company. Her company takes care of client’s needs travelling needs ranging from flights, cars, bookings and insurance policies.
3. Chitra Gurnani Daga
Chitra loved travelling and in her own words she calls herself a “travel enthusiast”. She has even been awarded by the government for her contributions in the field of tourism. Co-founded with her husband Abhishek Daga, a travel-agency that organizes adventure sports in India called “Thrillophilia”. Chitra always wished to make things better and easy for the people of her country.
4. Falguni Nayar
Falguni Nayar is one such incredible woman who has done wonders in the business world. She is the founder of “Nykaa”. Nykaa is one such platform different beauty products from different brands are found under a single website. Nykaa is one of the most well-established businesses by an Indian woman. Falguni has been awarded the title of “Woman Ahead” by the Economic Times. “Nykaa” is an e-commerce website for beauty products.
5. Farah Nathani Menzies
Farah Nathani co-founded “The Mumum Co.” in an attempt to help people get the right nutrition for building a healthier lifestyle. Her main vision is to uplift the nutritional aspect in any diet. She with her dedicated team focuses on planning several diet plans for people keeping in account many factors. She has been very successful and a recognized name who has done excellent in her field of health and nutrition.
6. Jaya Jha
An IIT graduate and PGDM holder in Marketing and Strategy, she founded “InstaScribe” as a medium for people to e-publish their books. She is even the co-founder of Pothi.com. Jaya, herself is a well-known speaker and author. Her three poetry collections have been successful. She is also an author of a novel. Her attempt to make storytelling barrier free was acknowledged by literature lovers. She provides a great platform for writers all across the globe and even for young writers to publish their works.
7. Kiran Mazumdar Shaw
Founder of “Biocon Limited”, she has been listed amongst the “100 Most Influential People of the World” by TIME Magazine. Kiran opened one of the most profitable pharmaceutical companies situated in Bangalore. The insulin produced by her company is regarded as one of the best ones and is approved by more than forty countries.
8. Malini Agarwal
Founder of “Miss Malini”- a platform for news about fashion and lifestyle, she has been featured in lists such as Fortune India’s 40 Under 40. She hosts various television programs in which top celebrities are interviewed. She brings gossip from the personal lives of Indian celebrities and her shows are considered as best sources of entertainment.
9. Mehak Sagar
Co-founded “Wed Me Good” in 2014 alonside her husband Anand Shahani. “Wed Me Good” is the largest wedding portal in the country. Wed Me Good has helped people found their partners. It is a leading arrange marriage wedding portal in the country. Mehak Sagar has established her wedding company as one of the leading companies in India.
10. Naiyya Saggi
A Harvard Business School graduate, she is the founder of “BabyChakra” which is a parenting and childcare application. This is an excellent initiative by Naiyya. It has helped many working women who have been struggling with the responsibilities of their children as well as of their careers. “BabyChakra” has been trusted and appreciated by several working moms in the country.
11. Priyanshi Choubey
She is the co-founder of “InstaCar” which is a car-rental platform that also provides intercity taxi reservations. She has made traveling easy and convenient for the people of her country. Insta car is acknowledged for being easily accessible to users with several benefits of traveling attached to it.
12. Radhika Ghai Agarwal
Radhika Ghai is the Co-Founder of “ShopClues.com”, she completed her MBA from Washington University and is the first Indian woman to join the Unicorn Club. Radhika Ghai venture of Shopclues has gained huge profits by making a connection between the sellers and buyers.
13. Richa Singh
An IIT graduate, she co-founded the online portal called “YourDOST”, a mental-health platform that allows users to share their problems as well as to seek help anonymously. Mental Health has been taboo in a country like India. When people talk about being mentally disturbed they are either called mad or overthinkers. Many people due to this lack of awareness about mental health have committed suicide.
14. Sairee Chahal
Founder of SHEROES.com, she was awarded the “Most Powerful Women in Indian Business” among various other prestigious awards. It helps women to learn and grow together. She has opened new ways for women to earn a livelihood.
15. Shahnaz Hussain
Shahnaz Hussain is an alumni of La Martiniere Girls’ College in Lucknow. Shahnaz is the CEO of “Shahnaz Herbals”. She has been awarded the highest prestige of India the Padma-Sri. She is also regarded the “Queen of Herbal Beauty Care”. Her facial products have been loved by various women. Shahnaz Herbals enlists a wide variety of products for different skin types.
Although the list covers only fifteen women, women entrepreneurs in India have created a niche for themselves in their own innovative styles in a myriad of fields. They serve as an inspiration for every young girl to dream big and to achieve those dreams.