With the evolving Indian startup ecosystem, many women are following their entrepreneurial dream and also carving a niche in their respective ventures. This is inspiring many other Indian women who are still confined to the traditional homemaker role and rarely bother about themselves.
Although as per a recent report, only two cities of India could make its way to the list of 50 most favorable global cities for women to work. Bengaluru and Delhi came in 40th and 49th place respectively.
A national survey states that merely 14% of the businesses in India are managed by women. The wide disparity in global and Indian women entrepreneurs is evident with the fact that almost 126 million women run their enterprise across the globe and Indian women count is only 8 million.
Here is a list of most successful yet less known businesswomen in India that have made a mark in the Indian startup ecosystem.
ADITI BALBIR, Founder, V Resorts
Being a passionate traveler, Aditi has seen 135+ cities of 6 continents as she has been on her heels when she was in her school. She earned a management degree and started her profession in finance. After some time she started her venture V Resorts which led her getting listed in the 100 Most Powerful Women Asia 2017 edition of Fortune magazine. Also in the 200 most powerful businesswomen in the world in 2016 of Dell Foundation. She also has worked for TOI, YourStory, Economics Times.
About V Resorts
V Resorts has been tastefully incubated, nurtured and run by Aditi where she manages the exclusive resorts in India to run her V Resorts business. This is a platform that offers the best travel services and packages to travel enthusiasts. It includes travel packages, lodging, boarding, main attractions, and sightseeing. Through this initiative she develops a new destination by establishing a resort, supporting local villagers by creating employment, new skills, supporting local trade, and offering travelers with the best tourism experience in India.
ADITI GUPTA, Founder- Menstrupedia
Aditi works to spread awareness about the tabooed concept of menstruation. She comprehensively researched and come to know about the unawareness of menstruation and its adverse impact on girls’ life. She believes in the inherent dignity of every people and this led her to start a project Menstrupedia.
She got exposed to a similar situation in her life while spending his childhood in Jharkhand. This let her to write a Hindi comic in collaboration with her husband Tuhin Patel, narrating and informing girls about menstruation. This concept resulted in a full-fledged website – Menstrupedia.com. In addition to a comic book section, she tried to clarify menstruation for the website visitor also. Both the segments – comic and also the portal, help know about health, hygiene, and how to be happy during periods. It also answers to several queries.
ANKITA GABA, Founder, SocialSamosa.com
Ankita has been an expert multitasker and a social media enthusiasts, businesswomen, consultant, and co-initiator of Socialsamosa.com. As a serial entrepreneur, she also founded Superchooha and got employed by Ponds, Zapak, Mahindra, Colors, etc., as their social media consultant.
About Social Samosa
Social Samosa is a pool of Social media news and trends of India. The mission of SocialSamosa is to become a single platform to refer to Social Media of India platform and trends. This concept has been honoured as the Blog of the Year in 2013 at The WATAwards.
DEBAUDATTA UPADHYA, CEO & Founder, Timesaverz.com
Debadutta Upadhyaya started her entrepreneurial journey with Lovnish Bhatia and launched Timesaverz.com. She is known to take challenge and complete it successfully. Debadutta believes in learning everything today to thrive and sustain in today’s competitive business world.
This portal helps you find trustworthy homemakers and other personal tasks like repairs, cleaning, and odd jobs to helping in paperwork. It is the first-of-its-kind initiative and this unique idea helps women get some quality time for themselves and also those working women want to balance their personal and professional lives.
ASHWINI ASOKAN, CEO, Mad Street Den
MAD –a cloud driven initiative, is the concept of Ashwini and her husband Anand Chandrasekaran. Ashwini started with the mobile department at Intel’s (IXR) in Silicon Valley. Here she developed an interest in AR technology. Anand, being a neuromorphic engineering student, he was into creating computer chips at Stanford University that could be the clone of the human brain. The husband and wife both returned to India and they started the Mad Street Den.
It is an AI / Computer Vision firm with a vision of developing a future AI structure. In this approach AI is used in any smartphone having camera to recognize faces, facial gestures, and read emotions and also react to facial expressions. They are out to develop models of generalized intelligence to help millions of people.
GARIMA SATIJA, Owner, PoshVine
A young entrepreneur, Garima Satija introduced PoshVine, which a marketplace and platform for travel enthusiasts and adventure lovers. It offers unique traveling experiences. Before starting this venture, she was employed with Naukri.com, and some other companies like Ozone Media. She earned her Psychology degree from Lucknow University and her Management Degree in HR from Amity Business School
PoshVine is travelers’ & adventure enthusiasts’ hotspot and also a great place for foodies. Using this website you can select a dining restaurant, reserve seats and get credits every time you reserve which can get redeemed for many other exciting experiences. Some loyalty programs are also there to enhance the account of expanses.
NEHA CHAUDHARY, Founder & Director, DAILY FITNESS
Neha Chaudhary, mother of two, an Advocate by professional and a fitness enthusiasts who lost 23 kgs of weight after a major accident which led to multiple health problems in her like diabetes, high cholestrol etc.
Neha after going through many setbacks in her personal life after loosing her mother and witnessing her father’s remarriage was inconfident to see herself stand anywhere. But weight lose really encouraged to regain her self-confidence and then she pursued her law education.
eha who had been ambassador to many running events in Punjab and DELHI/NCR is now a fitness entrepreneur and is running a fastest growing fitness family called DAILY FITNESS. She aims to uncover the journeys of fitness stories like her and inspire people to live a fit life. Fitness challenges in Daily Fitness really motivate people and help them to take fitness as a lifestyle.
In a very short span time, Neha has achieved Face of the Year Award by Mahilla Prashikshan Sansthan 2019, Gurugram Acheivers Award 2019 and National Excellence Award 2020.
ANU DHANUKA, Co-Founder, Safe ‘O’ Buddy Kids
Anu Dhanuka, started her venture by being a MOM for a MoM. Her firm Safe ‘O’ Buddy Kids deals in safety watches for kids which has features like two way calling , live tracking, SOS calling, sound messaging, alarms, notifications, and many other features under her brand Safe ‘O’ Buddy Kids (www.safeobuddykids.com), to ensure their safety and keeping intact parents peace of mind. This way we can stay connected with our child giving them a chance to go explore and play outside alone like we used to do in our times.
Apart from being a daughter, wife, mother, Anu never stopped chasing her dreams. She hails from the land of forts Rajasthan. Anu is also the Director at Kiasa international Pvt Ltd, a company dealing in Safety and security for kids and logistics.
- Winner Mrs India Worldwide Confident 2018,
- Face of LA Jeunnesse 2018,
- Winner Global ICON of the Year 2018
- Face of TIRANGA 2018
- Winner, Women of Influence award 2019
- Chosen and awarded for being among top 51 Influential Ladies of Gurugram
- TV shoot for Lakme Academy
- Covered by Fitnglam India Magazine, cover page model of FHL magazine, cover page model F3 Fashion Magazine
- Motivational Speaker, pageant groomer
The Glamour Side
- Celebrity Guest in DeFantasia (The Game Changers, Business Awards, 2019)
- Special Guest in QUEEN, Grand Finale, beauty Pageant of it own kind, by Cosmopolitan Queen
- Jury, kids Fashion show,2019
- Jury, IMF Pageant &Lifestyle Awards, 2019
- Celebrity Guest of Honour, Ms/ Mrs Singapolitan Worldwide,2019
- Mrs Face of fashion Week by U&I International,2019
- Show Stopper at Pixelworld Designers held in Goa for designer Kingshuk Bhaduri, 2018;
- Charity walk as Showstopper at AIIMS for Women Empowerment with Shubh Malhotra,
- Walk for Press for Progress (a walk for Women Empowerment) 2018 with Anjana Kuthiyar.
Anu Dhanuka is a Karuna Reiki Master Practitioner, Social Activist, Certified Zumba Instructor, Licensed Yoga Trainer, a Painter and Baker, believing in “Live the life you love and love the life you live” fully.
Although India hasn’t reached that pedestal of liberal approach where women entrepreneurs can grow without much struggle, things are changing and many women entrepreneurs are empowering and inspiring many others with their stories and above listed are some of them.
– Nidhi Behl & Mamta Sharma