International Women's Day

THE ICONIC WOMEN ENTREPRENEURS OF THE 21ST CENTURY

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Rarely does it show on the outside, but everyone struggles to establish themselves as strong leaders in the corporate world. In the past years, women’s growth in businesses has been exponentially high. They are determined, strong, & dynamic in their approach. They are leading the front, finding their own path, and writing their great success stories. 

Times are changing! The women of today are the visionaries of tomorrow. They are here for change; a change that is accelerating the progress of hundreds of businesses. 

Take a look at the success stories of some of the successful women entrepreneurs of the 21st Century:

Founder & CEO, Development Consortium

ANAMIKA SRIVASTAVA Founder & CEO, Development Consortium

Anamika Srivastava has walked a long journey thus far. Srivastava always had a dream to do something different in her life and never left it behind. She got married at the age of 22. After devoting four years to family life Anamika decided to restart her career. She started as a receptionist at one of the UN privileged organizations. She continued to work in different organizations and landed in one of the UN organizations that changed her outlook towards life. That’s when she decided to start Development Consortium. 

Development Consortium: DC is a respected non-profit organization, dedicated to working with young people and vulnerable communities across India – empowering them to overcome health, education and rights, abuse & injustice issues.

Senior VP & Global Head of HR, Cignex

DR. ANKITA SINGH Senior VP & Global Head of HR, Cignex

With over two decades of progressive experience in managing and leading across various facets of human resources, Dr. Ankita has been a vital part of the success stories of various esteemed organizations. Her primary expertise lies in leadership development, Organizational Behavior, Culture building & Employee Engagement. 

Cignex: A global consulting company that offers solutions, services, and platforms on Open Source, Cloud, and Automation Technologies. Since its inception in 2000, it is delivering enterprise class solutions, which are built using leading platforms. 

Founder, by Woman

APARAJITA ROY Founder, by Woman

Aparajita believes that creativity is a very human quality and refuses to give away this attribute to the machines (AI). by Woman stands on this bedrock. With a mission to preserve the heritage of handmade art, Aparajita founded by Woman in 2020.  

by Woman: by Woman is a woman-led woman-focused Art brand that brings together beautiful minds and the most skillful hands to bring an aesthetically pleasing collection of handicrafts. by Woman is an equal opportunity platform for gifted women artists from all over India.

Director & Founder, Archiipedia

ARTI SUDHIR NAIR Director & Founder, Archiipedia

Arti is an experienced architecture, interior design professional, having worked with many architecture firms and builders. With 20 years of rich experience in design execution and project management, she is now successfully running her own Architecture and Interior Design Marketplace, Archiipedia.

Archiipedia: It is a niche digital platform that connects all professionals and vendors of Architecture, Building Construction, Design, Decoration and Allied Services, with consumers and customers of the same, under one umbrella.

  • Divyashikha Gupta

CEO & MD, Stalwart World

DIVYASHIKHA GUPTA CEO & MD, Stalwart World

The long and winding journey of entrepreneurship is not one that’s meant for the faint-hearted. And yet there are some who are destined to go down that very road in a bid to answer their inner most call. Bearing testimony to this is Divyashikha Gupta who despite being a management graduate from Asia’s finest business schools, chose to give up a comparatively cushy corporate career in favour of pursuing her entrepreneurial dreams. 

Stalwart World: Headquartered in Mumbai, Stalwart World partners with like-minded entrepreneurs to create self-sustaining and scalable business models driven by technology and innovation. With service delivery in more than 100 cities and proven pan India expertise, Stalwart World has 4 entities each focussing on distinct businesses. 

  • Ghazal Alagh

Co-Founder & Chief Innovation Officer, Mamaearth

GHAZAL ALAGH Co-Founder & Chief Innovation Officer, Mamaearth

Driven by passion and enthusiasm for making early parenting trouble-free, A Corporate Trainer turned Artist, Ghazal Alagh Co-Founded a purpose-led brand Mamaearth in September 2016. The passionate woman entrepreneur, Ghazal is responsible for product development, content, and community management in the company. She works closely with a number of mothers to develop a product line that addresses the troubles that moms struggle with on a daily basis. 

Mamaearth: Headquartered in Gurugram, it is a 100% toxin-free and natural baby care, skincare, and hair care products brand. It is hailed as the 1st Asian brand with a ‘Made Safe’ certification. The creation of a babycare product startup by the power couple has today become everyone’s favourite personal care brand.

Founder & CEO, Ebullientech

KAMALIKA GUHA ROY Founder & CEO, Ebullientech

A tech innovator & problem solver at heart, Kamalika Guha Roy, realized entrepreneurship as her true inner calling at an early age. Born to a scholarly father & an artistic mother, Kamalika went after the road less taken. With over 20+ years of rich experience, Kamalika Guha Roy knows very well how to develop products & teams from Ground Zero! 

Ebullientech: It is an IT/ ITES consultation & Digital Marketing Company headquartered in Mumbai. The company provides a horizon of services, including Web, Android & iOS App Development, Cloud Consulting, ERP, OTT Solutioning, eCommerce Portals, Digital Marketing & Startup mentoring. 

Business Head, Twitter

KANIKA MITTAL Business Head, Twitter

Kanika Mittal is the Business Head for Twitter India, and leading Revenue and Brand Solutions across industry verticals, namely Auto, CPG, Tech, OEMs, M&E, BFSI etc. During the course of her tenure, her focus has been to land a strong positioning for Twitter with brands centred around Purpose and Innovation, and help both diversify and grow the business in a sustainable and scalable fashion. Her aim is to drive impact across the 4Ps: Purpose, People, Profit, and Presence and continue to put Twitter on the map by making it the platform of choice through Thought Leadership, Focus on Creative Ideas, and Passion for driving meaningful work with brands.

Twitter: It is a microblogging and social networking service that’s home to a world of diverse people, perspectives, ideas, and information. Its primary purpose is to connect people and allow them to share their thoughts with a big audience. 

Founder & CEO,TenaSHEous

KHYATI UDESHI NAIGANDHI Founder & CEO,TenaSHEous

Diligent, committed, and ardent woman entrepreneur, Khyati Udeshi Naigandhi, Founder & CEO, TenaSHEous translated her dream into the reality of her life as she leads one of the dignifying businesswomen. She is a passionate Recruiter with almost 16 years of experience- the combination of both consulting & corporate.

TenaSHEous: Incorporated in 2021 as a young enterprise with a vibrant and dynamic workforce, TenaSHEous is led by Women consultants with rich experience in recruitment. It is a team of versatile and multi-vertical recruiters focusing on both Non-IT and IT segments. 

  • Kiran Mazumdar Shaw

Founder & Chairperson, Biocon

KIRAN MAZUMDAR SHAW Founder & Chairperson, Biocon

Kiran Mazumdar is the first Indian woman entrepreneur to reach USD 1 billion, even as she works tirelessly to deliver affordable treatments to patients via her biotechnology enterprise. Kiran’s resilience, strength in the face of adversity, and a strong sense of purpose make her someone entrepreneurs and aspiring leaders look up to. 

Biocon: Biocon is a global biopharmaceutical company changing patients’ lives in over 120 countries by inventing new and affordable methods to treat diabetes, cancer, and autoimmune diseases. From pipeline to production, from drug discovery to drug delivery, Biocon brings differentiated, high-quality and affordable healthcare products to communities across the globe. 

Founder & MD, StudioXP

KOHELI PURI Founder & MD, StudioXP

Koheli, a dynamic personality, has worked at leadership levels for over 7 years and has a decade-long experience in the real estate and the construction industry where she has delivered multiple large-scale commercial developments. In 2011, she began her ultimate entrepreneurial journey by launching StudioXP, a renowned Real Estate Development Management Firm. 

StudioXP: StudioXP is a highly acclaimed Real Estate Development Management Firm, with multi-disciplinary specialist skills and experience in Architecture, Interiors & Construction of Corporate Campuses/offices, Commercial Projects, I.T. Parks, International Schools, Hotels, Healthcare, Industrial & Data Center Projects.

Director & Principal LIPIKA SUD Designer, Lipika Sud Interiors

Lipika Sud is a leading woman entrepreneur with an expertise of more than 3 decades in the fields of interior design, project management, and sustainability. Apart from designing several residential, corporate, institutions, and hospitality projects in India and abroad, she is also profoundly involved in activities related to women empowerment and the revival of arts & crafts of India. 

Lipika Sud Interiors: It is one of the renowned interior design companies that helps it manifest its design sensibilities both at the national and international levels. It provides an array of services ranging from residence design solutions, hospitality design solutions to corporate design services.

MEENAKSHI ACHARYA Founder Partner, RMA legal

Meenakshi is the proud Founding Partner in RMA Legal- a full services law firm offering end-to-end solutions to businesses, corporates as well as individuals. She has versatile expertise in mergers & acquisitions, non-public equity and investments, foreign investments policies (FEMA), company & business transactions; capital market, e-commerce, land, infrastructure, employment & labour matters. 

RMA Legal: RMA is established by a team of dedicated professionals coming back from varied streams of law. RMA Legal’s spectrum of experience encompasses setting up of businesses, commercial contracts, M&A, Private Equity and investments, debt capital, capital market, corporate advisory, eCommerce, real estate, maritime & air law, Intellectual property rights, statutory and regulatory compliance, and many more.

CEO, Pinga

DR PRIYANJALI DATTA CEO, Pinga

Having built four startups & three documentaries on women’s health & social taboos, Dr. Priyanjali Datta has nailed the role of being a creative entrepreneur committed solely to the cause of advancing humanity by making scalable solutions. Priyanjali’s expertise lies in domains like fundraising, product development, and management of human-centric, tech-driven products; she has been able to create globally scalable products.

Pinga: Pinga is a smart application for women aged 18-45 years, helping them live better emotional and sexual lives. The app caters to every woman who wants to take charge of their emotional and sexual well being. It aims to reach every woman’s smartphone as their personal digital companion with robust management tools, self-assessments, a trusted community & a hybrid marketplace. 

Founder & CEO, Propcierge

ROHINI MANIAN Founder & CEO, Propcierge

As the Founder and CEO of Propcierge, Rohini carries forward into Propcierge, the 100-year family legacy of infrastructure, real estate, and relocation businesses. Rohini, a third-generation entrepreneur from the Manian family, uses her western education and intrinsic Indian business acumen to spearhead Propcierge.

Propcierge: Propcierge is one of India’s leading 360 degrees service providers and platforms for real estate. It prides itself in the 100 year legacy of infrastructure, construction, and real estate services.

Jt. Managing Director, EConstruct

SHRADDHA SANDEEP PINGALE Jt. Managing Director, EConstruct

Shraddha Sandeep Pingale has done it all in Construction and Engineering. Serving as the Jt. Managing Director of a leading consultancy and contracting company, EConstruct Design & Build Pvt Ltd, Shraddha is responsible for Strategic Planning and Execution of Business Development, Marketing, and Business Operations. She is leading business growth and operations related initiatives consistent with the organization’s growth strategy. 

EConstruct: Incepted in 2010, EConstruct Design and Build is an Engineering company based in Bangalore with three facets primarily- Engineering Consultancy, Civil Construction & Corporate Training. 

SHWETA DESHMUKH Founder, DeZineBox

Shweta Deshmukh has an eye for creativity and an innate sense of balance in design. Her ability to create timeless designs with a modern & aesthetic touch and ardent desire to make architecture & interior designs accessible & affordable globally led to the foundation of DeZineBox. 

DeZineBox: It is India’s First & Only Online Design Consultancy that ‘Works For & With You’. DeZineBox has worked on 250+ projects in more than 65 Indian Cities and 5 Countries that includes Kenya, UAE, Australia & USA.

Co-Founder & COO, Thriwe

SWATI SHARMA Co-Founder & COO, Thriwe

Swati Sharma comes from a conservative Indian business family. Entrepreneurship happened to her accidentally when she met her current Co-Founder in 2012. He was her client and trying to solve the problem of sports accessibility. Swati didn’t really think she was up to the challenge of helping him but joined him part-time. She was excited by his cause and wanted to try it out. It’s now been almost 10 years, many iterations to the first business plan and today she is the proud Co-Founder and COO of Thriwe Consulting.  

Thriwe: Thriwe is a technology-driven B2B Consumer Benefits/Loyalty Marketplace catering to both National and International Markets. It provides an ecosystem that delivers premium Customer Acquisition, Retention, & Allegiance services to the world’s leading Financial Institutions, Card Networks, Consumer Durables, Real Estate, Automobiles and so on so forth.

Founder & CEO, Convanto

VANDANA TOLANI Founder & CEO, Convanto

Another business woman in the list is Vandana Tolani, the Founder & CEO of Convanto who always had the desire to explore and discover the world of entrepreneurship. Today, she is a Venture Advisor with Loyal VC, the INSEAD-led Canadian VC Fund, with a core portfolio of over 160 investments in more than 35 countries. She is also a Partner with a Silicon Valley-based Venture builder.

Convanto: Convanto is a highly renowned boutique investment banking firm that focuses on fundraising and consulting early-stage startups. Over the years, Convanto has successfully executed fundraising assignments for various Fintech, B2B Tech, and D2C startups.

CEO, Sugar Cosmetics

VINEETA SINGH CEO, Sugar Cosmetics

Back in 2014, the Indian beauty industry had its own constraints; being dominated by multinational brands, and very few of them had a best-suited range for the Indian complexion. As people were struggling to find the right shade for their skin, they were switching to big foreign markets. That’s when a passionate business woman Vineeta Singh brought correct shades and texture for the Indian populace by laying the foundation of Sugar Cosmetics in mid-2015.

Sugar Cosmetics: Sugar Cosmetics is a cruelty-free makeup brand that is always high on style and higher on performance. The brand is inspired by and targeted towards bold, independent women who refuse to be stereotyped into rules.

There is no limit to what women can accomplish. The great success stories of these women entrepreneurs are worth inspiring many around the globe.

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