Updated: Apr 6
The world is filled with beautiful, ambitious, intelligent, smart and vibrant women who has climbed the mountains and dived into the ocean, she has been everywhere, seen everything and done everything. In this growing world of business, the femininity is globally glowing. There is no industry or startup in which the women has not stepped into. May it be health, sanitation, finance, transportation, tourism or whatsoever. From being a minority in the entrepreneurial ecosystem ten years ago, women today comprise of 37% of the world’s total entrepreneurs. The women presence is felt everywhere. So here are 50 most innovative startups where women have made their presence more than felt and are making a mark across the globe.
UPASANA TAKU co-founded the mobile wallet and online payment platform MobiKwik. Broadening the gateway to a digital monetary platform.
My Dala is among 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. Founded by ANISHA SINGH in 2009, the online company now handles 2, 00,000 transactions everyday and targeting 400 million consumers in over 200 cities.
An Alumni of London School of Economics and having 5 years of experience in Goldman Sachs, Swati started CashKaro.com in 2013 which became India's largest cashback & coupon cashback.
SAIREE CHAHAL a business graduate from IMT Ghaziabad, has taken upon herself the task of bringing career opportunities to women with SHEROES.in. Sheroes was launched in 2013 a platform that provides a career Eco-system for women. It broke even in its first year and now has over 7,000 companies listed on their platform.
RADHIKA GHAI is the co-founder and CMO of Shop-clues, an e-commerce company that sells everything between technology and fashion to footwear and jewellery.
Founded in 2007, Infibeam is involved in e-tailing, software and internet services with NEERU SHARMA as the head of corporate and business development.
Yatra.com - one of India's leading online travel website was co-founded by SABINA CHOPRA. Under her leadership, the company has expanded its customer and scaled up its reputation. In 2010, she was felicitated with the women leaders of India.
Zivame.com - founded by RICHA KAR in 2011, after after discovering that lingerie is an undeserved category in the country.
RASHMI SINHA and her husband, with the help of her older brother Amit Ranjan, built SlideShare, a site for people to share presentations online. In just six months of its launch in 2006, more than 9 million presentations have been uploaded to her site. In 2012, LinkedIn acquired Slide-share for over $100 million. In 2012, she was also ranked at the eighth spot of Fortune's most powerful women entrepreneurs list.
On her maternity leave at the age of 39, SHUCHI SINHA though of an idea. LimeRoad.com is a women-only website showcasing look-books of various designers.
ADITI GUPTA created a Hindi comic book with her now husband Tuhin Patel, illustrating and educating girls about menstruation. From here, Aditi and Tuhin’s venture has scaled to a whole website called Menstrupedia.com.
ANKITA GABA is a social media strategist, entrepreneur, consultant, lecturer and the co-founder of Socialsamosa.com, an A to Z repository of Indian social media thoughts, ideas, trends, news and dialogue.
° Mad Street Den
ASHWINI, along with her husband Anand Chandrasekaran, founded a cloud based platform – Mad Street Den that makes use of artificial intelligence to get any smartphone with a camera to identify faces, detect facial expressions and emotions and react to facial gestures.°
CHITRA GURNANI DAGA, an alumnus of the Indian School of Business and her husband Abhishek Daga, alumnus of the IIT BHU, Varanasi started Thrillophilia. Thrillophilia is an Indian adventure travel company that curates the best local experiences with hand picked guides and vendors to expand your journey into something offbeat and super fun.
FALGUNI NAYYAR, took the entrepreneurial plunge and launched Nykaa.com, a beauty and wellness ecommerce, premier platform for women. This IIM Ahmedabad graduate launched her website in the latter end of 2012 and soon enough Nykaa was already boasting of retail partnerships with the world’s top notch personal care corporations like Unilever, P&G, L’Oreal, Beiersdorf, Johnson & Johnson and going onto raise 20 crores in funding from private investors with plans to expand to new technologies, a mobile app and physical stores in the country.
GARIMA SATIJA, is a young entrepreneur and founder of PoshVine, a community marketplace for travelers and adventure seekers to offer, discover and book unique experiences.
GURLEEN KAUR, is the CEO of Hareepatti, a firm that deals in financial advisory offering its customers financial wisdom, investment solutions, short term and long term monetary goals and the like.
° Love 4 apple
HARPREET KAUR, Known to be a serial entrepreneur, she is the co-founder of Love 4 Apple, an e-commerce website where customers can buy accessories that are exclusively made for Apple products.
JAYA JHA, is the co-founder at two book related ventures, InstaScribe. Along with being a successful entrepreneur, Jaya is also an author, poet and speaker with three poetry collections and one novel under her belt.
NEHA BEAHANI, is an entrepreneur who’s inspirational story includes her bravely quitting her job and following her dream. Along with her co-founder, Kumaran Mahendran, Neha came up with the idea of Moojic which is a radio/jukebox like service for restaurants, cafes, bars, salons, gyms and other retail outlets.
PANKHURI SHRIVASTAVA, is an avid reader, dancer and the co-founder of India’s first free roommate search engine, Grabhouse.com.
PRANASHU BHANDARI, is the co-founder of innovative, online language learning tool, CultureAlley.
° The Label Corp
PRETA SUKHKANTAR, is the founder of elite retail brand; The Label Corp.
RASHI CHOUDHRY, is the co-founder and COO at LocalBanya, Mumbai’s first online grocery store that aims to make this shopping experience more convenient and easy on your pocket.
° Heads Up For Tails
RASHI NARANG, is a passionate dog lover that converted this manic affection for the furry canines into creating an exclusive luxury brand for pet dogs.
SAKSHI TULSIAN, co-founded Posist with her husband Ashish. Posist is a SAAS based eatery management platform for our country’s growing restaurant industry.
° YourStory Media Pvt.Ltd
SHRADHA SHARMA, is the founder of YourStory.com, India’s top media platform for entrepreneurs for promoting and reporting about startups and everything in around the entrepreneurial ecosystem.
SHUBHRA CHADDA, founded Chumbak, an online store selling Indian customized, funky apparel.
° Tappu Ki Dukaan
SNEHA RAISONI, is the founder of the Tappu Ki Dukaan store. Tappu Ki Dukaan has all the eccentric, quirky products from Haathi Chhap, Pop Goes the Art, Mixed Juice Design, Neil Dantas and Happily Unmarried on its shelves today.
° MeraCareerGuide.comSURABHI DEWRA, is the founder of India’s largest online career guide and research platform, MeraCareerGuide.com.
VALERIE WAGONER, Capitalizing on the missed call phenomena in our country, Valerie Wagoner quit her fancy Silicon Valley job and moved to India to start ZipDial, an interactive mobile based platform for marketing and advertising.
° Xenia Hospitality Solutions
LLPZEENIA PERCY MASTER, comes from a family of entrepreneurs.Her father started out close to 40 years ago and today has a substantial presence within the logistics industry. ° Nasty Gal and Girlboss MediaSophia Amoruso, stepped down as Nasty Gal’s CEO and watched the company file for bankruptcy, but this was just a setback and went on to develop her new venture, Girlboss, a site that’s dedicated to advising and empowering women on wellness, beauty, careers and more.
° Huda Beauty
Huda Kattan, started her beauty empire after she quit her finance gig in Dubai. Struggling to find great quality false eyelashes as a freelance makeup artist, the beauty mogul decided to start making her own synthetic and faux minx eyelashes. After becoming the new ‘it’ product for Kim Kardashian, Huda Beauty lashes sold out within the first day, making makeup queen Kattan a person to look out for.
° Tory Burch
Tory Burch, decided to spread out her wings and build her own label. In 2004, she launched her very own fashion brand, which has become a huge success with unique and on-trend designs.
° Thrive Global
Arianna Huffington, is the co-founder and former editor-in-chief of the successful news website HuffPost (previously the Huffington Post).
° Vera Wang
Vera Wang was a late bloomer, compared to the rest of the ladies on this list. It wasn’t until she designed her own wedding dress at the age of 40 that she decided to start her own fashion label. Luckily, Wang had all the right contacts having worked at Vogue magazine to make her brand a success.
° Martha Stewart Living Omni media
Martha Stewart, grew to stardom as a celebrity chef, publishing a number of cookbooks and writing columns for several magazines. In 1997, the businesswoman centralized all her ventures with the creation of her media company, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia.
° Cath Kidston
Cath Kidston, decided to branch out and build her own store in 1993 that sold her quintessentially British, vintage designs. When vintage started trending again a few years later, the store quickly became a huge success and is now a household name on the British high streets.
° ANGI Homeservices
Angie Hicks, saw a huge gap in the market, forming a service that no one else had provided before. Angie’s List helps you find the ideal household service that is right for you – all at the click of a button!
Sara Blakely, With little money to invest in her idea, Sara Blakely, the future founder of Spanx, faced rejection after rejections from investors when launching her brand. It wasn’t until Oprah Winfrey publicly acknowledged her business idea that her company got off the ground.
Denise Coates, is the successful owner of betting site Bet365, which took her a year to develop and launch.
CorporationCher Wang, is the founder of the billion-dollar tech company HTC which is focused on creating new and innovative smartphones.
Mazumdar-Shaw, is not only known for her staggering wealth but also for being India’s first female entrepreneur. She founded the business Biocon in 1978, which focuses on bio pharmaceuticals which are sold in over 120 countries across the globe.
°Rent the Runway
Finding a niche in the market can be difficult, but Jennifer Hyman managed to do just that by making the runway affordable to all the Carrie Bradshaws out there.
° Sun Media Group Media
Mogul Yang Lan is undeniably the most powerful woman in the Chinese media. She not only founded the Sun Media Group but is also a journalist and talk show hostess.
° Sejaa Skincare
Gisele Bundchen,world's most powerful supermodel is also a natural skincare entrepreneur. Her line, Sejaa, has reportedly been in ongoing negotiations with Shiseido for years without reaching terms.
° Marvell Technologies
Weili Dai, has the distinction of being the only woman co-founder of an American semiconductor company. The Chinese-born, U.S.-educated "geek" co-founded Marvell Technology Group in 1995 with her husband, Sehat Sutardja.
° Huffington Post
Arianna Huffington, created the Pulitzer prize-winning (and AOL assimilated) Huffington Post which continues its momentum in 2013 expanding to new international editions. In May, Huffington Post Japan marked the media site's first Asian outpost, following Canada, U.K., France, Spain and Italy.
° House of Dereon
Beyonce Knowles, created the fashion label House of Dereon with her mother, Tina Knowles, in 2004. In May of 2012 Beyonce added another credit to her entrepreneurial CV when she launched shop.beyonce.com, a branded apparel and accessory marketplace.
The world is massive and so is the human brain! May it be any sex, the world of startups is growing really fast.The female presence is being hugely felt in the industry, with so many amazing, smart, intelligent beautiful women coming up, and crossing the boundaries and achieving everything! Contributed by: Ms. Vrinda Dixit ,student (INDIAN INSTITUTE OF TOURISM AND TRAVEL, Noida)