Start-ups in India are growing at a rapid pace today. It has been seen in recent times, many Indians have left their lucrative jobs, have started their own start-ups and they are successful. It is also a matter of great pride that today in the entrepreneurship world, many Indian women are moving hand-in-hand with men and making their mark with their businesses in the male dominated society. In this article, we will discuss few more popular women entrepreneurs, who have chased their dreams and aspirations, worked hard with determination, and have made their mark in the start-up scenario in India by creating popular Indian brands.
Chiki Sarkar – Founder, Juggernaut Books
Juggernaut is the country’s first smartphone publishing house and its founder is Chiki Sarkar. She is a real woman of substance. She had experiences earlier in the publishing industry, having worked at Bloomsbury Publishing and Penguin India. Soon, she left her job and started her own start-up. Her intention was to remove the gap between publishers and writers. Thus, she started Juggernaut, a reading app that comes with many interesting books that people can read on the app. You can also write your own stories and upload on the app. A unique concept that encourages people to read, write and make books less intimidating. Within a period of 2 years, Juggernaut has a collection of more than 5000 books.
Anita Dongre – Founder, House of Anita Dongre
Anita Dongre has been in the fashion industry for over 20 years. In 1995, she created the “House of Anita Dongre”, one of the most successful fashion houses in the country. This fashion house comprises a number of popular brands created by Anita, such as AND (western wear brand for women), Global Desi (boho chic brand for women), bespoke bridal, couture, luxury prêt (Grassroot), menswear and handcrafted gold jadau jewellery (Pinkcity). She was featured on CNN’s ‘Growing India’ series in 2015. She is among the ‘50 Most Powerful Women in Business’ lists as given by Fortune India, Forbes India, Business Today and Blackbook Magazine. She has redefined style for Indian buyers. She is known not only in India but also all over the world.
Pooja Dhingra – Founder and Owner, Le 15 Patisserie
Her name is Pooja Dhingra, known as the founder and owner of Le15 Patisseri, one of the country’s best known patisserie. She has a hospitality degree from Cesar Ritz College, Switzerland and a Patisserie Diploma from Le Cordon Bleu, Paris, she came back to India only with the intention of sharing Parisian styled culinary experiences and classic French patisserie in India. In 2010, she started her chain “Le 15 Patisserie” in Mumbai in 3 locations, with the central kitchen based in Parel. Le 15 Patisserie offers delicious and addictive treats, right from macarons to cupcakes, tarts, cakes and choux pastries. Pooja was on Forbes India’s prestigious 30 under 30 list in 2014. She has major plans of business expansion across India and the globe.
Suchi Mukherjee – Founder and CEO, LimeRoad
Founder and CEO of LimeRoad, her name is Suchi Mukherjee. A post graduate in Economics and Finance from London School of Economics, she was associated with Skype, Ebay and other big companies. She conceived the idea of creating a fashion store when she was pregnant and on her maternity leave and, thus came into existence LimeRoad, a leading fashion e-commerce portal of the country in 2011. She wanted to start something of her own, she focused on her ideas and launched LimeRoad, which has now changed the face of online shopping.
Falguni Nayar – Founder, Nykaa
She was a banker initially. A graduate of the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, she had more than 18 years of job experience, and then she left her job to start something of her own. In 2012, she launched Nykaa, a beauty empire with more than 120000 beauty products for women on the web portal. She is Falguni Nayar, the founder of Nykaa, and it has emerged as one of the best known cosmetics and wellness companies, worth Rs. 200 crores. It is fashion and beauty that empowers a woman, and thus emerged the brand Nykaa from a small idea.
Shubhra Chadda – Co-founder, Chumbak
When she was a little girl, she was very fond of collecting different magnets. When she grew up, it was this passion that led her to the creation of the brand “Chumbak”, the trendy and colourful design brand. She is Shubhra Chadda, who always wanted to be an entrepreneur. The brand was launched in 2009 and since then there is no looking back. Today, there are more than 17 Chumbak stores in India, housing a range of fashionable clothes, to accessories to home decoratives.
Mira Kulkarni – Founder and MD, Forest Essentials
Forest Essentials, an Ayurvedic brand of cosmetic products. Its founder is Mira Kulkarni. Being brought up in Rishikesh, Mira found Ayurveda interesting at an early age. A graduate in Fine Arts from Stella Maris College, Chennai, Mira started researching on the effectiveness of original beauty recipes and tried adapting them for modern-day women. Initially, she started making handmade soaps and scented candles as a hobby. Soon, she wanted to launch her own brand. Thus Forest Essentials was incepted. The products of Forest Essentials are manufactured using local spring water and natural ingredients. Global cosmetics giant Estee Lauder bought a minority stake in Forest Essentials in 2008. Forest Essentials now has 48 stores in India, supplies to 190 hotels and exports to 120 countries.
Nina Lekhi – Founder, Baggit
Last but not the least, we have with us Nina Lekhi. She started her business journey by designing and selling bags. That time, she was just a student at Sophia Polytechnic in Mumbai. She was not a bright student and after failing in her first year, she decided to do two different courses. She was fond of painting and while studying she was working at Amarson’s shop floor, where she learnt the trade of designing bags. In 1990, she launched her brand, Baggit, which is today, the country’s most popular handbag brand. The unique idea behind the launch of the brand is that its bags and other products are manufactured using recyclable and environment-friendly products and without the usage of leather. In her own words, “No woman in our family had ever worked before, but my mother was extremely encouraging. I think Baggit is proof that failure is the stepping stone to success.”
GharseNaukri.com and Entrepreneurship
Thus, we see that, if a woman wants to do something in life, nobody can stop her. It is just that you need the passion and drive to achieve your dreams. While a few years back, entrepreneurship is something which women never dreamt of, but in today’s time, even women are moving forward in the world of business.
GharSeNaukri.com not only offers excellent part-time job opportunities for women but also provides online work from home training programs, that upgrade women in their skills and help them to get jobs of their choice. There is also the entrepreneurship training program online which teaches the basic essentials of entrepreneurship and helps a woman to start her own business.