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Women’s World: 10 Successful Female Entrepreneurs In India Who Follow Their Dreams

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Whenever we talk about entrepreneurship we often end up talking successful men entrepreneurs. But this is not only men’s world. Many time women proved themselves that they are no less than men but they are equal.

There’s a huge list of successful women who swam against the tide, beat the traditional thoughts and established their strong existence in the world of business.

Let’s look at some young, beautiful, new age woman entrepreneurs who are no less than celebrities.

Suchi Mukherjee, LimeRoad

Suchi Mukherjee

The founder and CEO of LimeRoad Suchi Mukherjee is a post-graduate from the London School of Economics. She was the MD of Gumtree an eBay company. Suchi was on her maternity leave when she had the idea to start an entrepreneur business. In 2012, she gave birth to her second child and started her startup along with Ankush Mehra, Manish Saksena and Prashant Malik.

Her startup LimeRoad is one of the leading fashion companies. Her company has raised a funding of $20 million from Lightspeed venture partners, Tiger Global and Matrix partners. She was selected as 1 of 15 women worldwide ‘Rising Talents, high potential leaders under 40.

Anisha Singh, MyDala

Anisha Singh

Anisha started her daily deals startup MyDala in 2011. She started her career in the States after graduating from American University. In the US, she worked with Clinton administration, there she helping women entrepreneurs raise funding. This idea inspired her to start her own startup. The idea was to provide deals to customers in a group setting.

Presently, her venture MyDala has a presence in over 200 Indian cities and 200 million registered users.

Falguni Nayar, Nykaa

Falguni Nayar

Before starting her own beauty and wellness e-commerce website in 2012, she was the managing director of Kotak Mahindra Capital Company. This beauty website provides make-up tips. Also, it has an expert panel of makeup stylists, skin, hair and personal care experts to answer questions related to beauty, heath, nutrition and personal care.

In 2015, Nykaa raised $9.5 million from a group of Indian investors.

Richa Kar, Zivame

Richa Kar

Being a woman Richa understood the problem of Indian women who faced problem while buying lingerie. So she herself started the largest Indian lingerie online venture in 2011. After completing her masters, Richa worked for Spencers and SAP retail consulting. It helped her gaining important retail experience that would facilitate her into the startup business.

In 2015, Zivame raised $40 million in a funding round in September. It is becoming one of the top-funded e-commerce sites in India. Zivame is now India’s leading online lingerie store, offering more than 5,000 styles, 50 brands and 100 sizes.

Nidhi Agarwal, Kaaryah

Nidhi Agarwal

Nidhi is the founder and CEO of the fashion and apparel brand Kaaryah. When she started her startup her job was tougher as she is the solo founder. Before starting her business, she was a director at Honeywell. She is also a chartered accountant for 15 years in strategic consulting and auditing.

Funding for capital growth is very important to start a business and Nidhi had to face 113 rejections. At last, it raised its first round of funding from business tycoon Ratan Tata.

Valerie Wagoner, Zipdial

Valerie Wagoner

Valerie Wagoner, a Stanford University graduate left her successful career in the US to start this missed call based company ZipDial. It allows people to connect with brands through toll-free missed calls. In 2015, this missed call business became Twitter’s first acquisition in India. It raised funding from Mumbai Angels, 500 Startups, Jungle Ventures, and Blume Ventures.

ZipDial has tie-ups with Facebook, Twitter and it works with over 500 brands including Gillette, Nivea and Disney.

Sairee Chahal, Sheroes

Sairee Chahal

Sairee Chahal is the founder and CEO of online career website for women www.sheroes.in. Sheroes engages with businesses to help them connect with female talent in form of employees, partners, customers and business owners.

She started her career as a journalist with Advertising and Marketing magazine. Sairee is nominated for the Editor’s choice for L’oreal Femina Women’s Award, she is also a Cartier Women’s Award Initiative for 2012 alumni, a TED speaker, Business Today, Most Powerful Women in Indian Business 2012.

Shivani and Tanvi, FabAlley

Shivani and Tanvi

FabAlley.com is a private brand whose products can be found across all marketplaces. This Gurgaon-based brand was founded by Tanvi Malik and Shivani Poddar. They quit their high-profile jobs in Titan industries, Unilever and Avendus Capital to start the entrepreneurship. At first, they sold jewellery, shoes, bags etc for the first four months. But they realised the market for an only accessory brand in India was not that high so they decided to add apparels to the array.

It gets 12,000-15,000 visitors per day and has more than a lakh registered members on their website.

Pranshu Bhandari, CultureAlley

Pranshu Bhandari

Pranshu founded the language learning platform CultureAlley along with Nishant Patni. Initially, she started a website that could teach languages including English, Hindi, Mandarin, Spanish and etc. But she realised English is more basic need in India and it was a “must have” for people and it has a much larger market.

In that point of view, CultureAlley launched HelloEnglish app. They also started with one-on-one sessions with tutors via skype. In 2014, CultureAlley entered the global batch of 500 startups, one of the world’s largest incubators.

Within 8 months of its launch, the app has become the No 1 English learning and speaking app.

Swati Bhargava, CashKaro

Swati Bhargava

Swati co-founded CashKaro.com, a coupon and cashback website in 2013 along with her husband Rohan Bhargava. This site raised a series A funding round of $3.8 million has over 1,000 partner retailer sites. Customers who access any of these retail sites get a cashback in their wallet which they can use on their next purchase.

In the UK, she co-founded a similar cashback and voucher company Pouring Pounds Ltd in 2011. The company has partnered with top retailers in the UK including Tesco, Marks & Spencer, Debenhams, Expedia and more.

This is the list of some successful ladies who left a mark in the world of business. They are the inspiration of every woman who wants to follow their dream.

Suchismita Biswas
Suchismita Biswas

Pen is mightier than swords – these words make me passionate about writing. Except writing I love to travel , love to explore the unknown places, love photography and love listening to music. Also I am an avid reader of books. I’m a simple girl but I am what I am.

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