Women’s Day 2019: Top 9 women-led startups in India that are doing big things

Women's Day 2019: Top 9 women-led startups in India that are doing big things

There is nothing a women can’t do in this world. Women entrepreneurs make a significant contribution to the Indian economy. There are nearly three million micro, small, and medium enterprises with full or partial female ownership.

Women-owned enterprises contribute 3.09 percent of industrial output and employ over 8 million people. Approximately, 78 percent of women enterprises belong to the services sector.
It’s a disappointing figure, but it reminds us that the only way to go from here is up.

The Women of today are more stronger and capable and have the caliber to carry out even the most difficult tasks splendidly.

As an ode to today’s women, here are the Top 9 women-led startups in India that are doing big things:

1. Cash Karo — Swati Bhargava

Top 9 women-led startups in India

Swati is the CEO & Co-Founder of Cashkaro.com, India’s largest Cashback & Coupons site. She started the business with her husband Rohan Bhargava in the UK in 2011 and seeing the huge scope they launched Cashkaro.com in April 2013. This B2B business manages all the cashback offers and vouchers for big discounts for large partners. She has been a student of London school of Economics and also worked in Goldman Sachs.

2. Mobikwik  — Upasana Taku

Top 9 women-led startups in India

Upasana Taku, along with Bipin Preet Singh, founded the semi-closed mobile wallet and online payment platform MobiKwik in 2009. This is most commonly used mobile wallet and online payment platform. She completed her graduation from NIIT and Stanford University. She also worked in PayPal and gained experience in California before getting back to India. There are already millions of users using this mobile application.

3. Sheroes — Sairee Chahal

Top 9 women-led startups in India

Sairee Chahal is the Founder, CEO of SHEROES – an online community for women where they can discuss anything to everything from entrepreneurship to finance and health. This was launched in year 2013 by Sairee who presented this as a great platform in order to avail the career opportunities to women. There are already thousand of companies listed on this platform this year. Sairee did her studies from IMT Ghaziabad with an M Phil from Jawaharlal Nehru University.

4. Infibeem — Neeru Sharma

Top 9 women-led startups in India

Neeru Sharma Co-founded Infibeam Incorporation Limited and has been its Director of Platform Business Service since September 6, 2017.  This is involved in online retailing, e-commerce, software and internet services. Neeru heads the corporate and business development areas. She is a computer Engineer and also holds a MBA degree from Carnegie Mellon University.

5. Yatra — Sabina Chopra

Top 9 women-led startups in India

Sabina started the online travel portal Yatra, along with Dhruv Shringi and Manish Amin in 2005. Yatra Being one of the most commomly used app and website for flight bookings. She also was awarded with Women Leaders of India award. Under her supervision they got a huge number of users and also the website got a prestigious recognition.

6. Zivame — Richa Kar

Top 9 women-led startups in India

Richa Kar, the founder and CEO of Zivame.com which is an online lingerie store for women across the world. It was co-founder by Richa in 2011. The brands like Victoria Secret stuffs are also sold at retail price on this website. The larger portion of revenue is earned by the eCommerce channel.

7. Limeroad – Suchi Mukherjee

Top 9 women-led startups in India

Suchi Mukherjee is the founder and CEO of LimeRoad, an e-commerce and lifestyle and accessories website. Suchi had a vision of creating the largest women only website, which consists of products from different look and designs. The website was launched in October 2012. This is one of the biggest marketplace in South East Asia India.

8. ShopClues – Radhika Ghai

Radhika Ghai is the Co-founder and Chief Business Officer at ShopClues.com. She is also the first Indian woman founder to enter the prestigious echelons of the Unicorn Club. ShopClues is an e-commerce company consisting of almost everything from technology to gadgets to fashion. Shopclues also has the jewelry and footwear in store to offer. Radhika also started a company called fashionclues which mainly dealt with NRI women.

9. MyDala – Anisha Singh

Top 9 women-led startups in India

Anisha Singh is the Founder and CEO of mydala.com. The company started under her leadership in 2009 and since then mydala has grown to become India’s largest local services marketing platform. Its an online company with over 2 lacks of transactions each day. It is among the largest coupons, discounts platforms of India availing the big offers and discounts on hotels, spa, saloon, lifestyle, travel, entertainment and what not.

The percentage of women leadership roles in India is just 8% including the CEO and COO roles all over the country. According to a report, about 11% startups have women in operational and 6% involved in client servicing. As lesser as 7% heading the finance while about 11% in product and technology department. There is still need to bring out more and more female leads in action.

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