Those days are gone when women entrepreneurs in India are scares to find. Time has changed as the society and the government. Women are coming out of their comfort zone and pursuing their dream of being an entrepreneur.
This is the new generation of entrepreneurs who have no fear in their eyes, they have the knowledge and skills to tackle different situations, and have the passion and purpose to keep going.
According to the sixth economic census released by the Ministry of Statistics and Programme, Implementation women comprise around 14% of the total entrepreneurship in India.
More and more women have to step up to take these stats further. They need role models and stories to be inspired by. Some women entrepreneurs in India are not only dominating the industry but also at the global stage.
Stories are always there to be inspired; people just need someone who can bring it to them.
Here we bring those 10 most successful women entrepreneurs in India whose story is extremely inspiring and motivational that one could take inspiration from.
Women Entrepreneurs in India:
Co-founder – LogiNext
“It‘s not a man‘s world if you don’t make it that” -Manisha Raisinghani
Manisha Raisinghani is the co-founder and CTO of LogiNext. LogiNext is one of the fastest-growing SaaS companies catering to logistics and workforce optimization.
Manisha started LogiNext in 2014, with Dhruvil Sanghvi, her classmate from Carnegie Mellon University. LogiNext offers a leaner, faster and self-orchestrated solution. It saves 7-15% of the logistics costs for its clients.
Manisha completed her Master’s in Information System from Carnegie Mellon University and Bachelors from Mumbai University. Before starting LogiNext Manisha work as a senior consultant in IBM, as a programmer trainee in Mastek Ltd. and as a solution architect in C2L Biz Solutions Pvt Ltd.
At LogiNext her future goal is to change the way supply chain and logistics in Indian and other countries markets.
Co-founder – Menstrupedia
Aditi Gupta is a social entrepreneur and co-founder of Menstrupedia comic which is a guide to educate people around the world on Menstruation. She started Menstrupedia along with Tuhin Paul(husband) and Rajat Mittal in November 2012.
Aditi belongs to a conservative family of Garhwa, Jharkhand. She suffers a lot from menstruation at an early age. This motivates Aditi to learn and research on this subject for one year.
She collected information from many girls and doctors who gave her the idea to start a comic book to bring awareness. She put up the comic books on the Menstrupedia website to spread more awareness and knowledge on this subject.
Menstrupedia provides a user-friendly guide to menstruation, puberty, and hygiene. This website also has a blog where more than 3000 writers write on this topic and a Q&A section where anyone can ask or answer a question.
She is a Global Shaper at the World Economic Forum and made it to the achiever’s list of Forbes
India 30 under 30, 2014 for her work towards menstruation.
Founder – mydala
“The world needs more women role models for future generation. It’s only when our daughters hear of more women entrepreneurs will they think it’s the norm rather than an expectation.” – Anisha Singh
Anisha Singh is the founder and CEO of merchant marketing platform, mydala. Starting in 2009, mydala become India’s largest local services marketing platform.
Anisha completed her master’s degree in political communication and MBA in Information System from American University.
She started her journey in Capital Hill where she helped women entrepreneurs to raise funds for their businesses. Then she worked with Centra Software in Boston where she setting up an e-learning ecosystem for Fortune 500 companies.
Before mydala she started another company called Kinis Software Solutions, which provides digital solutions for real estate companies in the US.
Anisha started mydala to provide deals to customers in a group setting.
CEO & President – PepsiCo
“An important attribute of success is to be yourself. Never hides what makes you, you.” – Indra Nooyi
Indra Nooyi is the most well-known women entrepreneur in India. She is the CEO and president of PepsiCo.
Nooyi pursued her bachelor’s degree in Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics from the University of Madras and Post Graduate from the Indian Institute of Management Calcutta. She received her Master’s degree in Public and Private Management from Yale School of Management.
She started her carrier in India as a product manager in Jhonson & Jhonson and textile firm Mettur Beardsell. She worked at Motorola as Vice President and Director of Corporate Strategy and Planning.
Nooyi joined PepsiCo in 1994 and become the fifth CEO of PepsiCo’s history in 2006.
In 2007, Indra Nooyi conferred with India’s third most prestigious award Padma Bhushan for her business success and corporate leadership.
Co-founder – MobiKwik
“Nothing will work unless you do” – Upasana Taku
Upasana Taku is one of the most inspiring women entrepreneurs in India. She co-founded MobiKwik along with her husband Bipin Preet Singh in April 2009.
MobiKwik provides payment systems and digital wallet based on the mobile phone. Customers add money to the online wallet that can be used for payment. It also provides small loans to its consumers.
Upasana pursued her Bachelors in Engineering from NIT Jalandhar and Masters in Management Science and Engineering from Stanford University.
Her work experience helped her a lot in MobiKwik. She started her carrier in HSBC as a Business Analyst and Product Manager.
Then later in 2006, she joined PayPal as a Senior Product Manager.
Because of not having job satisfaction Upasana was back to India by early 2009 and learned that a wallet like PayPal was unheard in India.
So she started MobiKwik along with Bipin with the vision of making mobile payment easier for every Indian user.
Co-founder – ShopClues
“Business must continuously evolve and figure out ways to delight their customers.” – Radhika Aggarwal
Who doesn’t know about Indian online marketplace ShopClues.com? ShopClues was founded by Radhika Aggarwal along with Sanjay Sethi and Sandeep Aggarwal on July 2011.
ShopClues is website focuses on home and kitchen, fashion, electronics, and daily utility items. It promotes local as well as regional brands. In January 2016, ShopClues got $100 million from Tiger Global Management and joined the Unicorn Club.
Radhika retains a Post-Graduate degree in Advertising and Public Relations and an MBA in Strategy from Washington University in St. Louis.
She started her journey as a marketing consultant in Nordstrom, Seattle and strategic planner at Goldman Sachs.
Radhika got CEO of the Year and Women Entrepreneur of the Year awards in 2016.
Co-founder – CashKaro
“I want to increased planned expenditure for better infrastructure which can enable more women to join and remain in the workforce.” – Swati Bhargava
Swati Bhargava is one of India’s most ambitious and impactful women entrepreneurs. She is the co-founder of India’s largest cashback & coupons website, CashKaro.
She completed her Bachelor’s education in Mathematics & Economics from The London School of Economics and Political Science.
After that, she started working at Goldman Sachs, London and then started her own cashback business called Pouring Pounds along with her husband Rohan Bhargava.
Then they bought the concept to India and launched CashKaro.com in 2013.
She is an inspiring keynote speaker in IIT, TEDx, Economic Times Conferences, etc.
Swati also made it to the Fortune 40 under 40 list in June 2019.
Kiran Mazumdar Shaw
Founder – Biocon Limited
“Entrepreneurship is about being able to face failure, manage failure and succeed after failing” – Kiran Mazumdar Shaw
Kiran Mazumdar Shaw is the founder, Chairman and Managing Director of Biocon Limited.
She is an Indian billionaire entrepreneur, born in Bangalore.
Shaw pursued her Bachelor’s degree in Zoology from Mount Carmel College, Bangalore University. Later Mazumdar went to Ballarat College, Melbourne University and completed a master’s in Malting and Brewing in 1975.
Then Shaw worked as a trainee brewer in Carlton and United Breweries, Melbourne and as a trainee maltster at Barrett Brothers and Burston, Australia. After that Mazumdar also worked at Jupiter Breweries Limited, Calcutta as a technical consultant and as a technical manager at Standard Maltings Corporation, Baroda.
Later in 1978, she started Biocon in the garage of her rented house in Bangalore with a seed capital of 10,000. After enduring all the initial struggle Shaw makes Biocon the leading player in biomedical research with a focus on diabetes and oncology.
Kiran Mazumdar is also the chairperson of the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore.
She honored with Padma Shri (1989) and Padma Bhushan (2005) awards from the government of India for her contribution to the biotechnology sector.
Founder – LimeRoad
“Don’t just dream about success. Work for it!” – Suchi Mukherjee
Indian internet entrepreneur Suchi Mukherjee is the founder and CEO of the familiar website LimeRoad, which is e-commerce, lifestyle, and accessories website. Suchi started it in 2012 along with Manish Saksena, Prashant Malik and Ankush Mehra.
She completed her B.A. education in Economics with Maths from the University of Cambridge and MSc in Finance & Economics from the London School of Economics.
Suchi started her professional journey with Lehman Brothers Inc as a Senior Associate. Then she joined Virgin Media as a Director, Change & Business Development. She also works with eBay, Skype, and Gumtree in different positions.
After all these work experience she started LimeRoad, India’s first women’s social shopping website. It is a social commerce platform that deals with clothing and accessories for men, women, and kids.
In August 2011 Suchi become 1 of 15 women worldwide ‘Rising Talents – global leaders under 40’ in Global Women’s Forum.
Suchi Mukherjee was honored with the Women of the year by INFOCOM and NDTV Unicorn Women Entrepreneur of the Year Award by NDTV Unicorn.
Chairperson – Bennett, Coleman & Co. Ltd.
“My inner growth must match my material growth and achievements.” – Indu Jain
The billionaire entrepreneur Indu Jain belongs to the Sahu Jain family and is the current chairperson of India’s largest media group, Bennett, Coleman & Co. Ltd., which owns the Times of India and other many large newspapers.
She is also the founder President of the Ladies wing of FICCI (FLO). Under the leadership of Indu Jain, President of India launched the oneness forum in 2003.
Her interest in culture and literature made her the Chairperson of the Bharatiya Jnanpith Trust, which is India’s most prestigious and highest literacy award.
She works for women’s rights by providing columns on spirituality in the TOI.
She was awarded the Padma Bhushan by the Government of India on January 2016.
These are some of the most successful entrepreneurs in the Indian start-up ecosystem.
There are a lot more empowering women like these who have done remarkable things in their respected fields. We bring out the best out of those.
I hope the story of these 10 entrepreneurs inspires you to start your journey and make it to the list.
Let us know if we miss someone who must be on this list in the comment below.