India has become a favorite destination for startups and also for global investors across a wide array of businesses, ranging from technology to lifestyle and often amalgamation of both sectors. In modern day India, women still face a large number of struggles and challenges whether it be pursuing higher education and chasing their dreams or even at the workplace but still, women entrepreneurs are competing on par with everyone and reaching great heights in their respective fields.
India being a land of opportunities offering excellent scope for those who want to turn entrepreneur and this has been proven by women who have come a long way from just being a homemaker. The next generation women across the globe have astonished all negative philosophies and have proved themselves beyond doubt in all spheres of life including the most complex Startup ecosystem.
According to the latest case study, businesses founded by women ultimately deliver higher revenue more than twice as much per dollar invested – than those founded by men. The numbers of women-led start-ups have hiked in recent years across various verticals.
From providing health and wellness to providing clean drinking water giving education to students. These women entrepreneurs are trailblazing with their innovative business ideas.
Dolly Kumar, Founder & Director – Cosmic Nutracos Solutions Pvt Ltd: A veteran entrepreneur and business leader, Dolly Kumar is the Founder and Director of Cosmic Nutracos Pvt Ltd, the parent company of domain-leading wellness and skincare brands such as Gaia and Skinella. Dolly holds extensive industry experience and held leadership positions at several leading brands such as Colorbar Cosmetics before making her entrepreneurial laeap with Cosmic Nutracos in 2007. She was also responsible for introducing Ancorotti Cosmetics to India in 2013 as a joint venture between Cosmic Nutracos and Ancorotti, Italy.
Dr. Vibha Tripathi – CEO & Co-Founder, Swajal – Dr. Vibha is a social entrepreneur working in energy/water segment. She is the CEO & Co-founder of Swajal, a start-up with a focus on “provision of clean drinking water“. Dr. Vibha Tripathi specializes on the R&D of thin film solar cells and has held a number of workshops and seminars in the field of renewable energy. She has also guided many students in R&D of solar cells. Swajal machines, therefore, are solar powered, automated smart drinking water stations. Dr. Vibha Won “IOT India Congress Startup Awards 2017” and Swajal Water selected in Champions of Change – Transforming India through G2B partnership by NITI Aayog – 2017.
Ratna Chadha,Co-founder and Chairperson, TIRUN – TIRUN Travel Marketing is the exclusive India Representative for Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. with a portfolio of 3 of its cruise brands including Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises and Azamara Club Cruises. A leading travel marketing company, TIRUN along with Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. pioneered the concept of cruising in India in 1993 and continues to successfully undertake exclusive sales and marketing for the various brands while also providing operational support pan-India. Headquartered in New Delhi, the company has on ground presence in Pan-India. Today TIRUN is the most invested and experienced Cruise Company in the country.
Incepted in 1991 as Discover the World Marketing (DTWM), and later rechristened to TIRUN in the year 2001, the Company has introduced many acclaimed international brands to the country, some of which include US Airways, Hyatt Hotels, Hertz and Universal Studio’s.
Divya Jain, Co-Founder and CEO, Safeducate – Divya Jain is the Founder and CEO of Safeducate, India’s largest training, skilling and consulting firm that specializes in the domains of Supply Chain Management & Logistics. She spearheads the corporate training initiative by hiring and nurturing trainers, interacting with different stakeholdersto design and cost-effectively impart training sessions in over 50 cities in India. Besides a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Hindu College, Delhi University, Divya holds an LLB degree from the University of London and a Master’s degree in Management Studies from the University of Cambridge, UK. She began her professional journey in 2005 as a financial analyst in Citibank. Divya then moved on to join Ernst and Young in India and worked as a Consultant with a number of Fortune 500 client companies, creating and validating business plans, conducting competitive analysis, and designing future business strategies for them. In 2007, Divya joined Safexpress, India’s largest logistics and supply chain firm run by her father-in-law, Pawan Jain and her husband, Rubal Jain. At Safexpress, she spearheaded the training division along with creating systems and managing standard operating procedures for the company. During her stint at Safexpress, she realized the lack of manpower and skill gaps that existed within the logistics and supply chain workforce. Toaddress this gap in the industry and to attract more talent, Divya decided to launch Safeducate, a new firm through which she could solve the existing manpower shortage witnessed in the domain. Today, Safeducate has set up 150 centers across India and trained more than 50,000 individuals using the latest technology and innovative tools and with the help of its rich pool of experienced, qualified and certified trainers, and subject matter experts.
Rashi Narang, co – founder, Heads up for Tails – Rashi grew up with family pets and at a young age, developed a strong sense of compassion for other beings. It was no surprise then that she left her corporate job to follow her heart. Rashi’s pet, Sara, showed her the way. While searching for markets for products that would fulfill Sara’s needs, Rashi realized that pet parents in India did not have access to products that could improve their pet’s lives. In 2008, she decided to take on the big task of turning things around for pets and kick-started a home-based business called Heads Up For Tails. Today, 11 years later, Heads Up For Tails with 28 stores pan India and a prominent online presence is the go-to brand for all pet needs. Their core team draws on their own experience as pet parents to create a line of quality products ranging from a wide variety of food brands to novelty items like orthopedic beds and organic supplements. Besides opening many new stores across the country and expanding their online presence, the company just launched their dream project, ‘Heads Up For Tails Foundation’ to help sensitize children and elders alike toward other beings.