22 Mar 2020
Top 10 Indian startups with women founders
  •   Falguni Nayar, Nykaa

    Falguni Nayar, Nykaa

    Falguni Nayar founded Nykaa.com in 2012 at the age of 50 and opened its first physical retail store at T3 Terminal, Indira Gandhi International Airport in November 2015. Nykaa is an online multi-brand retailer which sells beauty and wellness products. Falguni is an alumnus of IIM Ahmedabad and was the former MD of Kotak Mahindra Capital Company.

    Nykaa has received a lot of funding from investors and currently sells more than 85,000 products from 1000+ brands. Startup is worth $473million. In October 2019, Nykaa has partnered with Bollywood celebrity and actor Katrina Kaif to launch the brand Kay Beauty.

  •   Upasana Taku, Mobikwik

    Upasana Taku, Mobikwik

    Upasana Taku did her B. Tech from NIIT in 2001 and MS in Management Science and Engineering from Stanford University. She worked at Paypal in San Jose, California before returning to India in 2008. In 2009, Upasana Taku co-founded the mobile wallet and online payment platform MobiKwik with her husband Bipin Preet Singh.

    Mobikwik is a mobile wallet and online payment platform. In 2013, RBI authorized the company’s use of the Mobikwik wallet, and in May 2016 company started giving small loans to its consumers as part of their services. As of today, they have many known clients like Uber, IRCTC, Zomato, Bluedart.

  •   Shradha Sharma, Yourstory

    Shradha Sharma, Yourstory

    Shradha Sharma studied at St. Stephens College in New Delhi and MICA, Ahmedabad. She worked with the Times of India and CNBC TV18 which gave her the requisite experience in the field of reporting. But it wasn’t until August 2008 that Shradha thought of starting her own venture

    Despite many people telling her that her venture won’t survive for more than a year or two, she went ahead and started it. In 2020, YourStory completed Twelve years and is now known to be a platform where entrepreneurs share their stories. Today, most of the young entrepreneurs get inspiration by stories and interviews on Yourstory.

  •   Sabina Chopra, Yatra.com

    Sabina Chopra, Yatra.com

    Sabina Chopra completed her education from Delhi University and co-founded Yatra.com in 2006. Before co-founding Yatra, Sabina headed the India based operation of e-bookers, which is an online travel company based out of Europe.

    Yatra.com is one of the most popular Travel booking aggregator platforms in India. Yatra.com is a public listed company. In 2010 she was felicitated with the Women Leaders of India. In 2019, it was acquired by Ebix, a US-based company for $338 million (around 2500 crores).

  •   Richa Kar, Zivame

    Richa Kar, Zivame

    Richa Kar is an engineering graduate from BITS Pilani and went on to complete her Master’s degree from Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies. It was during her 1st-year Valentine’s day anniversary she realised the surge in the sales of lingerie in India. Also realising that the lingerie market is underserved in the online space, she started Zivame, an online retailer of lingerie in 2011 with an initial investment of Rs. 30 Lakhs.

    The Lingerie market in India is valued at about $3 billion, expanded at CAGR of 43.32% between 2019 to 2019. Richa’s venture was inspired by common issues faced by women such as embarrassment and the unwanted attention of buying lingerie from shops and stores.

  •   Swati Bhargava, Cashkaro

    Swati Bhargava, Cashkaro

    An Alumni of London School of Economics and having 5 years of experience in Goldman Sachs, Swati started Pouring Pounds - a B2B business that sets and manages cashback & voucher websites for large partners.

    Similarly, In 2013 She founded Cashkaro with her husband Rohan. Cashkaro is an online platform that helps the consumer to buy products and get cashback on e-commerce sites. They earn a commission from e-commerce platforms.

  •   Radhika Ghai Aggarwal, Shopclues

    Radhika Ghai Aggarwal, Shopclues

    Radhika holds an MBA from Washington University and has studied Web 2.0 and Creative Writing from Stanford University. Before founding ShopClues, Radhika worked for Goldman Sachs and Nordstrom.

    Radhika is the First Indian women to enter the Unicorn club. She co-founded Shopclues (online market place for unstructured categories like home and kitchen, daily utility items, etc) in 2011. In 2019, it was acquired by a Singapore based company Qoo10 valued at US$70 million, representing one of the largest valuations for India based startups.

  •   Sairee Chahal, Sheroes

    Sairee Chahal, Sheroes

    Sairee Chahal, a business graduate from IMT Ghaziabad, with an M Phil from Jawaharlal Nehru University has taken upon herself the task of bringing career opportunities to women with Sheroes.

    Founded in 2014, Sheroes is a women-only social network, which started as an online platform offering all kinds of support, resources for women to find a suitable job. Her approach has made SHEROES a globally known platform, changing the game for women and their aspirations. Over a million women have been directly benefited, and under Sairee’s leadership, SHEROES aims to impact over 100 million women in the coming years. She also co-founded Fleximoms, a platform for flexible jobs and returning professionals.

  •   Suchi Mukherjee, Limeroad

    Suchi Mukherjee, Limeroad

    Suchi Mukherjee, a graduate from London School of Economics co-founded Limeroad in 2012, which went on to be India’s first boutique fashion marketplace for women. Suchi has previously worked in eBay UK.

    Shuchi launched LimeRoad in October 2012 with a vision of creating the largest womens-only marketplace in South East Asia. Limeroad came into being when the potential in the market was realised as well as the absence of such a service provider. The company has raised funding of close to $50 million from investors.

  •   Anisha Singh, MyDala

    Anisha Singh, MyDala

    Anisha Singh holds a masters degree in political communication and an MBA in information systems from American University. Prior to MyDala, she worked for the Clinton administration and raised funds for helping women entrepreneurs.

    MyDala was founded in 2009 by Anisha Singh and is amongst the largest online coupon and discount platforms in India that provides offers on restaurants, grocery, entertainment, travel, body-art, spas and salons, gyms and other categories. In just a few years, MyDala has grown to handling around 2,00,000 transactions everyday and targeting 400 million consumers in over 200 cities.

  • Download LegalEase APP   Falguni Nayar  Nykaa  Upasana Taku  Mobikwik  Shradha Sharma  Yourstory  Sabina Chopra  Yatra.com  Richa Kar  Zivame  Swati Bhargava  Radhika Ghai Aggarwal  Sairee Chahal  Sheroes  Suchi Mukherjee  Limeroad  Anisha Singh  MyDala