Entrepreneurship is not easy. It takes immense courage and perseverance to be an entrepreneur. But looking at these women, entrepreneurship seems attainable for others as well. WittyFeed presents to you 10 women who have identified the need of the hour, harvest the courage to follow their dreams, and gave the world some amazing services through their start-ups.
It is highly commendable for these women to have thought of these start-ups, which requires immense effort to break through barriers and roadblocks especially in a country like India, where women still have a lot to achieve and demonstrate.
Hats off to you ladies! *Pride*
A grandmother of three kids, Vandana Luthra has managed to set up VLCC, despite a number of challenges. It was very hard for her to convince people to work in unison. From a cosmetologist to a nutritionist, and a doctor, it took immense effort for her to bring them all together. In 1989, she started VLCC in Delhi to bring wellness into the world.
Only 30 years old, Nadia Chauhan was born in California and raised in Mumbai. At the age of 11, she started her own venture called Just Divine, a baking company. She started by baking brownies order by order. Since then, there is no looking back! Parle Agro began as a family business and is now one of the largest Indian food and beverage companies.
Garima Tripathi is a ceramist, a history enthusiast, an engineer, and entrepreneur. She is the founder of a start-up Care24, where they cater to around 600 patients daily by bringing medicare services to the patient's home. To describe her work at Care24 she says, "Customers can make bookings for nurses, attendants, or physiotherapists, track who will be coming, put in preferences for male or female, vegetarian and non-vegetarian, and even report grievances in a rather transparent and open review system." A helpful service, we must say!
Saumya Gupta is the epitome of 'rising after the fall'. She had faced innumerable failures in her career. Saumya gave up her dream of becoming a pilot due to the 2008 recession. After being unemployed, she landed on a call-center job while she started selling designer clothing which was the start of her company Ten On Ten. Saumya fought really hard to become successful and follow her dreams. *Applause*
Manisha Ahlawat has followed her heart and started Vivafit which is a company to help women through health and fitness. She is a fitness freak and enjoys to plan her meals and workout in advance. She believes in persistence and resilience to reach your goals. She has been able to reappreciate the freedom in her life after experiencing some considerable difficulties on her way to success.
Belonging to a well known Indian business family, and brought up in a joint family system, Nishita Biyani has set up her own venture Wafflist. She is a strong woman who believes in facing challenges and learning from them. The urge to start her restaurant Wafflist began when she couldn't find an alluring waffle shop in Mumbai. The big challenge with getting her business started was for her was to make eggless vegetarian waffles, but she survived it! She opened her second store in Mumbai in 2015.
Pooja Prabhakar is a 39-year-old woman, who has taken over her family business like none other. She left her corporate job in America to take over her attorney father's 45-year-old law firm, BCP Associates. From an IT engineer working with insurance and healthcare firms in the US to joining her father's law firm, she is the perfect example of someone taking on a position that we have never thought of, or are qualified for!
Anoushka Adya, the woman who encouraged others to vent and speak out about the traumas they have faced. Anoushka started Lajja Diaries, for the victims of sexual abuse, so they could move past their injustice. She has started another platform called Di-Mentions, a digital marketing and design company. Anoushka wants to and has done things on her own terms. That's superb, woman!
Radhika Aggarwal is a sound believer in taking small things and making them into big things. Having worked at Goldman Sachs and Nordstrom (a chain of departmental stores in the US), has taught her to be very customer-centric. Radhika is the CEO of Shopclues, an e-commerce platform which has entered the unicorn club in 2016. Radhika believes that there is no sure-shot formula for work-life balance, and compromises have to be made. With such great practicality and success, Radhika definitely has come a long way!
Upasana Taku was doing very well in her corporate job at PayPal when she realised she wanted to attempt something on her own, so she came up with Mobikwik. Mobilwik is a mobile wallet platform, which is designed to harness the new market of cashless transactions. Founded in 2009, Upasana and her co-founder husband, Bipin Singh Mobikwik have made the lives of Indians easier through technology.
Keep up the good work ladies, WittyFeed is proud of you!
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