- Date : 01/04/2022
- Read: 4 mins
From e-commerce to investment and retails, Indian women are dominating every sphere unabashedly and fearlessly. Although the number of women VCs is relatively low in India, the graph has been substantially increasing for a few years.
Women Venture Capitalists Ruling The “Boys Club”.
Fierce Women Investors Who Have Successfully Showed Their Leadership Qualities.
In this male-dominated, booming startup world, the number of women investors, founders, and CEOs is relatively low. The term 'venture capitalist' is now becoming popular. People are becoming aware of startups and investments, thanks to the Indian media. However, the number of women entrepreneurs is too low to be happy. But women-led venture capital firms have gone through a plethora of changes in the last few years. According to reports, in the year 2020, in PE and VC teams, Indian women made up 16% of the total, which is close to the Asia-Pacific average of 19%. But, if we only look at the senior levels, women make up are just 5% of the teams. The Indian government is always working to improve women's morale and has created a variety of programmes to support women-led venture capital funds.
Women investors are demonstrating tenacity and commitment, and their successful venture capital firms are encouraging women all across the world. Here's a list of inspiring women who have made a name for themselves as successful female venture investors.
Bharati Jacob of Seedfund Advisors
In the world of VC funds, who doesn’t know Bharati Jacob? Bharati Jacob is the Co-founder and Managing Partner at Seedfund Advisors, a VC funding company based in Bengaluru. Over the last two decades, with her experience in investments, marketing, and financial services, she has built a formidable reputation for herself. She agreed that there’s a stark imbalance in the funds raised by female founders, and this is a global problem. Her venture capitalist firm guides newbies by helping them in networking. She has made investments in many promising companies such as redBus, Vaatsalya, Sportskeeda, EduSports, Jeeves Consumer Services, Axis Rooms, etc.
Nita Mirchandani of Kae Capital
Nita Mirchandani is the Co-founder at Kae Capital. Currently, she serves Director of Finance and Legal. She is also an experienced Equity Analyst. She is one of the earliest Indian women venture capitalists, and her work experience spans almost three decades. She has invested in many companies and funds. She is an Angel Investor in several fast-growing startups such as Innovcare, genetics, InMobi, Squadron, etc.
Ankita Vashistha of SAHA Fund
If you are passionate about something, no force in this world can stop you; Ankita Vashistha is a living example of it. Driven by providing support to the women entrepreneurs, she started the SAHA Fund. Ankita is the founder and CEO at SAHA Fund, a one-of-a-kind India’s first venture capital fund to invest in gender parity and innovation. She encourages women to come forward, and her venture promotes women entrepreneurs. Ankita is an Angel Investor in many blooming startups.
Rakhee Kapoor Tandon of ART Capital
Rakhee Kapoor Tandon, a well-known venture capitalist, is the founder and CEO at ART Capital (India) Pvt. Ltd.Rakhee is also an experienced Investment Banker. Still, she left her brilliant corporate job to become a women entrepreneur. She swears by the Walt Disney Quote, “If you can dream it, you can do it”. She is one of the most experienced tech-focussed women investors in India. Under ART Capital, Rakhee has incubated several ventures such as ART Affordable Housing Finance (India) Ltd., ISME-ACE, Seven Rivers Capital Fund, etc. Her experiences provide long-term mortgage finance to retail customers.
Vani Kola of Kalaari Capital Advsiors
In the canon of women investors, Vani Kola is an influential name. Vani Kola is the Founder and Director at Kalaari Capital Advisors, one of India’s early tech-focussed venture capitalist firms. She has years of experience working as a successful women entrepreneur in Silicon Valley. At Kalaari, her mission is to support budding founders and use technology’s advantage to develop scalable products and solutions. She has invested in various startups such as Your Story, Urban Ladder, Zivame, Myntra, Curefit, Active, ai, Apps Daily, Dream 11, CashKaro, etc.
There’s a lack of gender diversity in India. Although female founders faced problems in investments, they are stepping up to crack the problem and change the women investors game. Women VCs are trying to make a difference; still, women have a long way to go to change the gender bias and achieve gender equality in male-dominated venture capital firms.