With the constant evolution in the Indian startup periphery, more and more women are cashing the entrepreneurial wishes and are also flourishing in their projects. This is empowering other women in India who have still not been able to get out of their traditional belief that women can only be a homemaker. However, according to a recent study, only 2 cities have made it to the list of 50 most preferred global places for the work of women. Bengaluru, the Silicon Valley of India was ranked at 40th, while Delhi ranked at 49th position in the list. In this article, we will discuss the top 10 Indian women entrepreneurs who have broken all barriers and have set their own benchmark.
Top 10 Indian Women Entrepreneurs Of 2021
In the past few decades, there has been a drastic change in the status of women in the Indian society. Today women play a vital role in the growth and prosperity of the Indian economy by making a great impact. They have received success in every sector from fashion to technology, and the job of a woman is no more constrained within some predetermined barriers. The Indian women entrepreneurs are shaping the society their way by opening new avenues for more women to get up and be independent. Here is a list of the top 10 female entrepreneurs of India 2021, who have broken all barriers and have earned their place.
1. Vandana Luthra - The Founder Of VLCC
Vandana Luthra is a philanthropist, an Indian businesswoman, and the chairperson of the Beauty and Wellness Sector Skill Council (B&WSSC). She began her company VLCC in 1989. This company was initiated as a slimming and beauty service center. Later she added more services to the company like full body laser, hair build, dermat, and grooming services. In 2013, she was awarded with the Padma Shree by the former Indian President Mr. Pranab Mukherjee. Along with that, she has been running an NGO known as Khusii which provides free education to the physically challenged and the underprivileged people.
2. Kiran Mazumdar Shaw - The Founder Of Biocon Limited
Kiran Mazumdar Shaw is known as the wealthiest, self-made and successful business woman in India. She found a biopharmaceutical firm in 1978. This firm has already entered the biosimilar market in the US and is grabbing the attention of the investors. According to Forbes, it is the first company to receive approval from the USFDA. In 2019, she was titled as the 54th richest person in India, and World’s 65th powerful woman. As per her qualification, she did her bachelor’s from Bangalore University and master’s from Melbourne University.
3. Priya Paul - The Chairperson Of Park Hotel
Priya Paul is among the top Indian women entrepreneurs who is the Chairperson of the Apeejay Surrendra Park Hotel. After completing her education at Wellesley College (US) she started to work as a marketing manager under her father. At 51 years of age, she is thought of as one of the most influential women. In 2012, she was awarded the Padma Shree by the Indian President Pratibha Singh Patil.
4. Ritu Kumar - Fashion Designer
Ritu Kuman is an Indian fashion designer who began her fashion career in Kolkata. In the beginning, she was making evening clothes and bridal wear. But after one decade she successfully entered the international market. Presently she operates her business from several different foreign cities like New York, and France. She was awarded the Padma Shree by the Indian Government in 2013. She is among the top 5 female entrepreneurs in India. As far as her studies are concerned, she completed her education at Loreto Convent and did her college at Lady Irwin College.
5. Suchi Mukherjee - CEO and Founder of Limeroad
Suchi Mukherjee in 2012 built an online clothing and accessories marketplace that she named Limeroad. Presently this company is known as the most stylish online shopping platform in India for both women and men. She did her graduations in Economics and went to the Economic School in London to complete her masters. Now talking about her achievements, she received many awards like Infocom woman of the year- Digital Business, Coolest Start-up of the year (from Business Today), and Unicorn Start-up Award (NDTV).
6. Indra Nooyi - The Board Member of Amazon
The former CEO of PepsiCo, Indra Nooyi has now joined Amazon’s Board Of Directors. After finishing her master’s degree from the Yale School of Management, she was a product manager at Johnson and Johnson. Later she moved to Boston Consulting Group and worked as a strategy consultant. She then started working at PepsiCo in 1994 and then from 2006 to 2018 she led the company being their CEO. In 2019 Feb, she was elected to the board of members of Amazon.
7. Aditi Gupta - The Co-founder of Menstrupedia
Aditi Gupta is a co-founder and an author of Menstrupedia. Aditi and her husband designed a comic book to educate and illustrate girls on menstruation. Later, they formulated a website known as menstrupedia.com. In 2014, Menstrupedia became a partner with Whisper India for their school contact program and offered “Touch the Pickle”; this movement happened in four different cities. In 2014, a comic book was launched by her and got pretty much a good response, the book has been translated into Nepali and Spanish. Menstrupedia comics are used by schools like Ecole Mondiale World School, Bright English School Ahmedabad, GlS Primary school, and many others.
8. Falguni Nayar - The Founder of Nykaa
Falguni Nayar worked for 20 years as an investment banker at Kotak Mahindra. In 2012, she started her own company Nykaa, which is known to sell online cosmetics and wellness products. Today this company has become really famous among the Indian consumers. The company provides more than 850 brands. Along with its online store, it has introduced 35 offline stores in various cities in India. In 2017, Business Today awarded Nykaa as the “most powerful business. Since 2014 this company has been a partner with Femina.
9. Vani Kola - Founder, Kalaari Capital
Vani Kola is the founder & managing director and venture capitalist of Kalaari Capital. During her 22 years in Silicon Valley, she founded 2 companies Certus and Right work software. She returned to India in 2006 and began her capital as a venture capitalist. In 2012 September, Kalaari Capital began operation with a fund of 150 million dollars. She won the TiE Delhi-NCR 5th Edition of Women Entrepreneurship Summit Award in 2018.
10. Radhika Ghai - Co-founder Shopclues.com
Radhika Ghai is experienced in marketing in advertising & public relations, Fashion & lifestyle, and many more. She then became the co-founder of Shopclues.com. The company was founded in Silicon Valley in 2011. Presently this e-commerce business entity has become the biggest fully managed marketplace in India and brings over 7 million visitors every month.
India needs to learn from these Indian women entrepreneurs. Their initiatives and ventures are way more than just a source to earn profit. The ladies that are mentioned in this article are the top 10 among the 100 most famous female entrepreneurs in India, and they portray the result of innovation and creativity. They prove that gender is not a parameter to measure success, the brain and aspiration are.