Indian Women Entrepreneurs | Ground Report | With a century of retrograding restrictions and misogynistic suppressing of women, they were kept in a confined boundary with no opportunity and aspiration to strive on. The level of degradation faced by women in the past was sickening. Women’s impotence and unequal rights paved a way for the long term of male oppressing society. With a limited goal and a small ray of hope, women were only supposed to take care of the house, the kids and the husband.
Finally with passage of time and development of society and an equal mindset women have been given an equal place in the society. With various opportunities to live their dreams and have a wider perspective of the world, they have proved to be an asset.
By portraying their abilities in innovation, determination, creativity, efficiency and skills women have conquered the sector of retail, social work, technology, education and in the corporate sector. Some do this on a small scale, some bring out revolutions but the significant part is that everyone plays their part with extreme efforts.
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We are here to appreciate and celebrate the amazing ladies who have played a vital role in evolving the society to be more acceptable and affirmative towards women.
Here we present you
1} Shradha Sharma
“When you know you have to fend for yourself every inch of the way, it gives you a different kind of grit and tenacity”. These wise words made Shradha grind and hustle to become the founder and chief editor of YourStory.
Shradha was born and brought up in Patna, Bihar. After completing her college from St.Stephen’s with a major in history, she completed her MBA from MICA. After starting YourStory she has shook hands with the lady of success and accomplished more than anyone could imagine. Shradha was featured in TechGig story as one of the ‘5 women entrepreneur in India you should know about’
With the gradual success her company has be titled as ‘India’s biggest and definitive platform for start-ups and entrepreneurs-related stories, news, resources and research reports’
Shradha has received numerous awards like;
- Journalist of the Year Award in 2010 for her coverage of startups
- Virgo 2015 – Listed amongst 500 LinkedIn Influencers across the world
- 2015 – L’Oreal Paris Femina Award for online influence
- NASSCOM Ecosystem Evangelist Award for her efforts in building an inclusive startup community.
2} Anu Sridharan
Anu is a civil and environmental engineer and the founder of NextDrop. This firm helps the local residents to have an extensive knowledge on when the water will come next. This helps in proper utility of water and leads to depletion of water pollution.
This information provided by next drop is highly reliable and accurate and the residents appreciate the information because it takes away the continuous stress of keeping an eye for arrival of water, utilities have grown fond of the same because, for the first time, they can keep a data driven distribution record for making the most efficient decisions to save water as much as possible.
Anu has also been in the Forbes “30 Social Entrepreneurs under 30” list.
3} Kiran Mazumdar Shaw
She is the chairperson and managing director of Biocoin and former chairperson of IIM Bangalore. Forbes has coined her as the 92nd most powerful woman in the world. She learned everything about BioCoin when she met Leslie Aouchincloss the founder of BioCoin and joined the firm in Ireland. She came back to India and started BioCoin in her garage of the house she rented in Bangalore and the rest is history.
She started the BioCoin foundation to carry out her philanthropic activities and give back to the society. Muzumdar-Shaw has provided major support in the health and medical sector as she has lent her hand in development of Arogya Raksha Yojana and has also started Muzumdar-Shaw Medical Foundation. There are many more things carried out by her which have paved a way for a better more healthy society.
Kiran Muzumdar-Shaw is an embodiment of success, philanthropy, tenacity, virtue and entrepreneurship.
4} Swati Bhargava
Swati is the confounder of CashKaro, India’s largest and fastest growing coupon and cashback site in the country. Before getting her big break out Swati was an investment banker in Goldman Sachs for 5 years. She has completed her education for London school of Economics with a major in Mathematics and Economics, her mind has always been as sharp as a knife.
She started the firm after gaining inspiration from a UK based cashback portal Quidco, as her husband and cofounder Rohan Bhargava booked a flight to Maldives through Quidco and loved the concept. The big step of leaving an amazing job to become an entrepreneur was tough but absolutely worth it.
5} Ajaita Shah
Frontier Market is an initiative to provide sanitary and energy products in the rural areas to the families who are unable to afford them.
Ajaita has brought a quality and affordable line of products to the rural door steps. She has been awarded with the most influential award in Microeconomics and other several awards because of her idea and motto of providing the basic sanitary products to everyone who is unable to afford them.
These women have broken the stereotypical beliefs of the narrow-minded and misogynistic society. With their innovative mindsets, confidence, will to make a difference and extreme intellect they have proved that women are equal and in some cases better than men.
Their inspiring stories and deeds motivate millions of women as well as men to strive, hustle and work hard to achieve their dreams and ambitions. They have bestowed the world with an example that is given in the most important, life altering situations.
As they were consistent and gave everything they had to achieve the best in what they do, now these amazing ladies are ‘living life Queen size’ and have made our country proud.
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