“Be the change you want to see in the world.” The quote is already overheard but would never lose its relevance. Some of our women denied complaining about the views Indian society has for its women. They instead of complaining, are being the change they want to see in the world. They own the top women-led startups in India.
The Indian women have been through a lot. They have been discriminated and put to too many trials. But that was all past. Now, we are much better than the past. As a result, a lot of our women are at the forefront of our startup culture as well.
Here we have curated the most successful Indian women-led startups breaking all the stereotypes. Have a look.
MyDala, Anisha Singh
Anisha worked for Clinton administration helping women founders raise funds. She later came back to India for her own startup MyDala. MyDala started off with daily deals and then turned to online coupons later. Anisha had the guts to go mobile when the penetration was merely 5 percent in India. Having faced her share of troubles, she has made her startup reach 200 cities and more than 200 million users.
Yatra, Sabina Chopra
Yatra.com is one of the top online travel websites in India. The company’s list of co-founders has a strong woman leader. The name is Sabina Chopra. Sabina is the COO of corporate hotels. She completed her education at Delhi University and was involved with a travel company in Europe as well. She later co-founded the Yatra.com along with other partners Dhruv Shringi and Manish Amin in 2006.
Limeroad, Suchi Mukherjee
After her post graduation from London School of Economics Suchi Mukherjee was working as an MD at Gumtree. When on maternity leave, she decided to go the entrepreneur way. Suchi started Limeroad in 2012, a leading women’s fashion portal for India. The startup collaborated the fashion e-commerce with cultural exploration. Limeroad raised a funding of $30 million in 2015.
Zivame, Richa Kar
Richa Kar was an employee of SAP when she got a chance to work with the owner of Victoria’s Secret. There she learned that a larger portion of their business comes from e-commerce. She then founded Zivame in 2011. The company today is the biggest Indian online lingerie retailer providing women with the happy online lingerie shopping.
Craftsvilla, Monica Gupta
Craftsvilla is the leading Indian handicrafts based startup since 2011. The concept of Monica Gupta pulled his husband from being an investor to become her co-founder in Craftsvilla. The company also is funded by Nexus Venture Partners and Lightspeed Venture Partners. This sets a benchmark for the women startups in India.
YourStory, Shradha Sharma
Shradha Sharma used to be a reporter. She had worked with The Times of India and CNBC TV18 before she decided to have something of her own. Shradha then went on to start YourStory, a platform where entrepreneurs share their stories. She was told that the startup wouldn’t survive more than a year or two. YourStory is just on the verge of completing nine years.
Sheroes, Sairee Chahal
Sheroes founded in 2014 by Sairee Chahal is a women job portal. Sairee is also a well-known TED speaker. The portal helps women who want to work along with taking care of their homes. Women also get resources, mentors, job fairs workshops and community meet from Sheroes. The company recently raised an A series funding from Lumis Partners last year.
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