Entrepreneurship is a new phenomenon that gained popularity until recently concerning women. Women are the sunshine of tomorrow. They know how to make the best use of the opportunities that come their way. They know how to turn their business idea into a potential business venture and make maximum profit out of it. It is high time that we realize the capability of women. The job they do every day is commendable. They handle the household chores and family needs and their dedication and work commitments.
Let us now have a look at the 10 Inspiring Indian Women Entrepreneurs in 2021-22
1. Aditi Gupta
Co-Founder of Menstrupedia
Menstrupedia is a comic to make people aware of the myths associated with menstruation, particularly in India. With her husband, Tahin Paul, Aditi Gupta wished to spread the word regarding menstruation. It was initially developed as a computer game, later into a board game. Menstrupedia came in 2012 as a Hindi pamphlet 2012. Later, it was printed as a comic to target children and teenagers to burn the underlying myths of menstruation. It later became a crowdfunding campaign due to their efforts. The comic now reaches around 75- schools to educate girls about menstrual hygiene and associated issues.
2. Falguni Nayar
Falguni Nayar is the leading Indian Female billionaire. She is the founder and CEO of the growing beauty and retail brand Nykaa. Recently, Nykaa has become a listed company and has listed its first IPO on the Indian Stock Exchange. She was born into a business family. Falguni started her career as an investment banker, and now she is the wealthiest Indian female entrepreneur. She also holds a place in the top 20 richest people in India. Initially, Nykaa had a net worth of $2 million, but in November 2021, its net worth was $13 billion. The founder, Falguni Nayar had a net worth of $6.5 billion when Nykaa went on for its first IPO, making her the richest woman in India.
3. Roshni Nadar Malhotra
Roshni Nadar Malhotra is the daughter of the founder of HCL technologies, Shiv Nadar. She is the chairperson of HCL Technologies. Also, she is the first woman to lead listed IT Company in India. According to IIFL Wealth Hurun India, Roshni was the richest woman in India in 2019. She was also on the 55th position on the Forbes World’s 100 Most Powerful Women.
She is the next-gen leader and a hardworking woman who has put in everything to make HCL reach where it is today.
4. Kiran Mazumdar Shaw
Chairman and Managing Director, Biocon Ltd.
Kiran Mazumdar Shaw is the managing director, chairperson of Biocon, and the former chairperson of IIM- Bangalore. She is an Indian billionaire who has taken entrepreneurship to the next level. In 2019, she was the 68th most powerful woman by Forbes. She was also in the top 50 Women in the business list by the Financial Times. Also, she got the World Entrepreneur of the year award by EY in 2021. Biocon is a leading biotechnology company in Bangalore. She is the epitome of hard work, courage, and determination that has bought her where she is today.
5. Vandana Luthra
Vandana Luthra is a leading Indian businesswoman and the VLCC, Healthcare, LTD creator. She was born on 12 July 1959 in New Delhi. In 2014, she became the inaugural chair of the Beauty and Wellness Sector Skill Council that offers training to youngsters regarding beauty and self-grooming under Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana. VLCC Healthcare Ltd. is a wellness and beauty company in Asia, Gulf corporation, and Africa. Initially, VLCC was set up in Safdarjung Development Area as a wellness and beauty organization specializing in weight management programs via exercising and food management. Vandana Luthra is also the Vice President of Khushii, a non-profit organization. VLCC earns annual revenue of $91.1 million approximately.
6. Leena Nair
Leena Nair, the Indian- British executive, is the CEO of Chanel. Chanel is a French clothing and fashion brand set up in 1910. Leena Nair was also a member of Unilever’s Leadership Executive and Unilever’s Chief Human Resource Officer. She is a prominent example of compassionate leadership. The Unilever Human Resource has its existence in over 190 countries.
7. Ghazal Alagh
Ghazal Alagh is the Co-founder of Mamaearth. Mamaearth is an Indian Cosmetic retail company that manufactures its products using natural products. Mamaearth was established in 2016 as a personal care brand providing service directly to consumers. Within 4-5 years, it became one of the fastest-growing FMCG brands. Mamaearth is emerging as the leading cosmetic company, with women shifting to natural beauty products than chemical ones. Diet expert is the first-ever business venture by Ghazal Alagh. She has a net worth of approximately $20 million.
8. Vineeta Singh
Founder and CEO of Sugar Cosmetics
Vineeta Singh is a leading female entrepreneur. She was also a judge in the reality show Shark Tank India. She is the founder and CEO of Sugar Cosmetics and has a net worth of Rs. 7 crore. The company has a strong stake in the international market. 15% of its revenue comes from overseas. Vineeta Singh has a B.Tech degree in Electrical Engineering from IIT Madras and an MBA degree from IIM Ahmedabad. Under her leadership, Sugar Cosmetics has become an emerging beauty brand worldwide.
9. Namita Thapar
CEO Emcure Pharmaceuticals
Namita Thapar is the CEO of Emcure Pharmaceuticals and was the judge of the reality show Shark Tank India. She is one of the strongest businesswomen in our country. She worked for six years at Guidant Corporation and later joined Emcure as CFO and later became the CEO of Emcure Pharmaceuticals. Emcure Pharmaceuticals has a turnover of $750 million. It has its stake in more than 70 countries and employs over 10,000 workers. Namita Thapar is an eminent speaker at Harvard Business School, IIM Ahmedabad, FICCI, and ET Women’s Conference.
10. Sharmishta Dubey
CEO, Match Group
Sharmishta Dubey is an Indian-American Businessperson who was born in the 1970s. She is the Chief Executive Officer of Match Group. She is also the board member of Match Group and Fortive Corporation. Match group is a collection of numerous dating applications such as Tinder, Match, Hinge, Paris, Our time, Plenty of Fish, OkCupid, and Meetic. Sharmishta Dubey is an Engineer by qualification who set up online dating into a billion-dollar empire.
With the recent developments in the Startup era, Indian women have a significant role. Starting from the small enterprises, women are leading the Multinational giants. The women in power motivate other women to dream big and achieve their goals. It is the Indian women that are making India reach great heights of success and establish its place in the world. Skill India and Make in India initiatives have played a significant role for startups in the emerging Indian markets. Government intervention and policies make the environment suitable for young women to enter the market.