4 Successful Indian Women Entrepreneurs
Our country has seen a ten-fold rise in start-ups over the last two years, which is testament to the fact that technology is moving at an unrelenting pace. One thing, however, hasn’t changed since the boom – the number of Indian women entrepreneurs. Only 9 per cent of start-up founders in India are women.
But within this 9 per cent are inspiring stories of women, who’ve swum against the tide, faced rampant sexism but still pushed through the invisible barrier and make their mark. Their success is worth celebrating.
Let’s take a look at a few of these inspiring women.
Mukherjee, who has a Masters Degree in Finance & Economics from the London School of Economics, worked in companies like Virgin Media and eBay. Soon after the birth of her second child, however, she decided to follow her passion. This led to the birth of LimeRoad.com, one of the leading marketplaces for women’s fashion in India. The site combines fashion ecommerce with social discovery, aggregating a range of lifestyle products, across categories like apparel, accessories, home products, and food.
Agarwal is one of the women entrepreneurs who’ve managed to carve a niche in online retail. She’s the co-founder of ShopClues.com, India’s largest marketplace, with more than 60 million visitors on her site. Agarwal entered the ecommerce game with 14 years of experience in retail, fashion and advertising.
Roy teamed up with Sananda Misra in 2012 to create Toptamato.in, an online platform that deals in all household items. This self-funded website allows people to subscribe for regular items like milk, butter, etc, which are delivered at the required frequency. Roy and Misra are alumni of the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur.
Anisha Singh has had an illustrious career, working with the Clinton administration on Capital hill to help women entrepreneurs raise money to start their own businesses. In 2009, she founded Mydala.com, which quickly became one of India’s largest coupon providers. Anisha has a Masters degree in political communication, as well as an MBA in Information Systems from a University in Washington DC. Singh has also been conferred a ‘Women Leadership Award’ and a ‘Leading Woman in Retail’ award.