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In the past couple of decades, the status of women in Indian society has changed drastically. Today, Women have been playing a vital role in the growth of the Indian economy and have made a big impact and got success in almost every sector. The Indian economy has grown steadily over the last decade, and there has been a parallel surge in the number of startups and new businesses in the country. A majority of these have been founded by men. While many Indian women have ambitions towards entrepreneurship, it is often more difficult for them to succeed. In fact, India has been found to be in a group of countries where women business owners (as well as women leaders and professionals) struggle with less favourable conditions, pronounced cultural biases, and a lack of business resources such as finances, capital, training, and development. Here we bring you the list of leading women entrepreneurs making their way into the startup ecosystem.

  1. Yogita Tulsiani, Co-founder and Director, iXceed Solutions

The dynamic Ms. YogitaTulsiani is armed with a Masters in Business Administration from ISB, Hyderabad. The versatile businessperson has more than a decade of experience in Business Development and Consultancy across various industries in the UK, USA, Europe and APAC. Her repertoire includes an illustrious clientele in the Financial Services, Telecom, Retail, Information Technology and Learning industries like Genpact Headstrong and HP. The current role of Director and Co-founder in IXCEED has been a culmination of various roles in her career. Global expansions and exponential revenue growth have been the trajectory that Ms Tulsiani has followed. She has been instrumental in starting new lines of business. The stint at IXCEED has already proved her mettle in initiating growth patterns. She got several awards including The Leaders Globe Award for the 10 Most Innovative Entrepreneurs of the World in 2020 and The Black Swan award for Women Empowerment 2020 by Asia One.

  1. Mona Singh, Co-founder, India Accelerator

Mona has over 13 years of rich experience in MNCs such as GrapeCity and United Health Corp. Prior to IA, Mona was also a Co-founder at Wish AMitr, which is a recommendation based gifting portal. A Partner at India Accelerator focused on seed-stage investments, she works intensively with entrepreneurs to build transformative companies that improve the way we live, work and connect. With the experience in technology at the core, she brings the large enterprise strengths to the start-ups to ensure a well-rounded perspective on successful business models, brand building and consumer trends.

  1. Nupur Khadelwal, Co-founder, Navia Life Care

Nupur is a Chartered Accountant by profession and CFA L3 candidate. She graduated from Shri Ram College of Commerce, worked with KPMG post for about 3 years. She was a part of their audit and consulting arm and has worked with companies across industries including technology, telecommunication, etc. Post KPMG, had a brief stint at Hindustan Unilever, as a part of their Future Leadership Program. Always passionate about solving problems that create a real impact in society at large. She moved on from HUL and joined as co-founder of Navia Life Care, a digital healthcare startup solving for information asymmetry in India’s burdened healthcare ecosystem. She is currently heading strategy and finance for Navia Life Care.

  1. Divya Gokulnath: Co-founder BYJU’S

Divya co-founded Byju’s, an educational platform to help students learn better. She completed her engineering degree from RV College and was preparing for her GRE to continue her studies abroad. This is when she joined Byju Raveendran’s classes as his student. Soon Divya became a teacher at Byju’s and then got married to him. When it was time to launch the platform Byjus chose her to do it with. Today, BYJU’s is the most valuable ed-tech company in the world. Divya was featured as one of Linkedin’s top voices in 2019.

  1. Falguni Nayar: The Founder of Nykaa

Falguni is the founder of Nykaa.com and is popularly known for her entrepreneur journey in India. Equipped with 25 years of experience and a grandly successful career in financial services, she took the leap to launch Nykaa.com. Today, Falguni Nayar, an IIM Ahmedabad graduate has built an empire of beauty and skin-care retailing. Her biggest achievement in her early days was being able to build a brand of Nykaa. Today, it truly is a go-to platform for beauty. She was titled the “Most powerful business “by Business Today and received the “Woman Ahead” award at the Economic Times. Nykaa has recently entered the unicorn club with its fresh Rs 100 crore ($13 million) funding from existing backer Steadview Capital. She definitely is one of the most famous female entrepreneurs in India that you should know about.

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