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6 Young female entrepreneurs in India

In new India, young female entrepreneurs are navigating uncharted territories and turning innovative ideas into successful businesses. They are providing solutions to very real problems and changing millions of lives. Not only are they smashing the patriarchy, they are also setting an example for countless young girls.

Get to know them and be inspired!

1. Aditi Gupta, Founder, Menstrupedia

Aditi Gupta has taken on the Herculean task of normalising the taboo topic of menstruation in India. Mentioned in hushed voices, this perfectly normal phenomenon often excludes women from cultural and religious events by labelling them ‘unclean’. Moreover, young girls are not taught about periods in the right way. With her venture, Menstrupedia, Aditi is creating awareness, educating girls, and shattering the myths around menstruation. Its comic book format entertains and teaches young girls about periods and puberty with well-researched and medically accurate content.

Related: Inspiring And Successful Stories Of Women In India's Banking Sector

2. Sairee Chahal, Founder and CEO, Sheroes

All heroes don’t wear capes; very often, they wear heels (or sensible shoes). Launched by Sairee Chahal, Sheroes is a women-only social network and community platform. It offers support, resources, and opportunities to women so they can prosper and live happy lives. It is also a safe and trusted space where members can discuss health, careers, relationships and share their life stories, achievements, and moments. Sairee’s ‘by women, for women’ portal also facilitates counselling sessions where women can talk about all aspects of their growth journeys.

3. Chitra Gurnani Daga, Founder, Thrillophilia

Tapping the growing wanderlust of people who want to go on adventures, explore amazing places, and enjoy new experiences, Chitra Gurnani Daga started Thrillophilia. Passionate about travelling herself, Chitra launched this online platform that allows people to book affordable travel experiences across 55+ countries. She, along with her team, has grown the company by leaps and bounds since its inception in 2011. She credits this to an innovation-focused and inclusive work culture that her company has built.

Related: Real-Life Stories Of Women Who Inspired Me To Never Give Up

4. Shradha Sharma, Founder and CEO, YourStory

As a person who lives and breathes stories, launching YourStory was a perfect extension of Shradha Sharma’s passion. She founded the digital media platform in 2008 with the aim of championing the untold stories of entrepreneurship in India. Over the years, she and her kickass team have written compelling stories of over 40,000 entrepreneurs and truly made a difference in their lives. YourStory has earned numerous industry awards during its journey. Shradha herself was selected to the list of 500 LinkedIn Influencers across the world in 2015.

5. Anamika Sengupta, Founder of Almitra Tattva and Co-founder of Almitra Sustainables

When Anamika became a mother, she was inspired to start Almitra Tattva, an e-commerce portal that advocates and educates new parents on the benefits of babywearing, as well as offers baby-safe and ergonomic products for the same. She always had a keen interest in the exquisite handloom fabrics woven across India. She combined her need of babywearing with her passion for fabrics and began a journey that is today giving Indian art a global babywearing platform. Additionally, she is also a co-founder of Almitra Sustainables, a new-age startup that is working relentlessly to save our planet by providing sustainable, natural and eco-friendly alternatives to plastic.

Also Read: A Leader And Inspiration: Anshula Kant, The First Woman MD & CFO Of World Bank

6. Ashwini Asokan, Founder, Mad Street Den

Born in Chennai, Ashwini Asokan is a trained classical dancer who turned entrepreneur with Mad Street Den, an Artificial Intelligence and computer vision company that powers industries such as retail, education, media, and more. From performing across the country to starting an AI company, her journey has been quite interesting. After getting married and moving to the US, she pursued her Masters in Interaction Design at Carnegie Mellon. Ashwini then worked with Intel and found that her true strength lies in AI. She returned to India and launched Mad Street Den with her husband in 2013. The company today offers solutions that apply AI in a meaningful way. Its flagship AI platforms Vue.ai and Blox.ai help businesses transform operations through intelligent automation.

In new India, young female entrepreneurs are navigating uncharted territories and turning innovative ideas into successful businesses. They are providing solutions to very real problems and changing millions of lives. Not only are they smashing the patriarchy, they are also setting an example for countless young girls.

Get to know them and be inspired!

1. Aditi Gupta, Founder, Menstrupedia

Aditi Gupta has taken on the Herculean task of normalising the taboo topic of menstruation in India. Mentioned in hushed voices, this perfectly normal phenomenon often excludes women from cultural and religious events by labelling them ‘unclean’. Moreover, young girls are not taught about periods in the right way. With her venture, Menstrupedia, Aditi is creating awareness, educating girls, and shattering the myths around menstruation. Its comic book format entertains and teaches young girls about periods and puberty with well-researched and medically accurate content.

Related: Inspiring And Successful Stories Of Women In India's Banking Sector

2. Sairee Chahal, Founder and CEO, Sheroes

All heroes don’t wear capes; very often, they wear heels (or sensible shoes). Launched by Sairee Chahal, Sheroes is a women-only social network and community platform. It offers support, resources, and opportunities to women so they can prosper and live happy lives. It is also a safe and trusted space where members can discuss health, careers, relationships and share their life stories, achievements, and moments. Sairee’s ‘by women, for women’ portal also facilitates counselling sessions where women can talk about all aspects of their growth journeys.

3. Chitra Gurnani Daga, Founder, Thrillophilia

Tapping the growing wanderlust of people who want to go on adventures, explore amazing places, and enjoy new experiences, Chitra Gurnani Daga started Thrillophilia. Passionate about travelling herself, Chitra launched this online platform that allows people to book affordable travel experiences across 55+ countries. She, along with her team, has grown the company by leaps and bounds since its inception in 2011. She credits this to an innovation-focused and inclusive work culture that her company has built.

Related: Real-Life Stories Of Women Who Inspired Me To Never Give Up

4. Shradha Sharma, Founder and CEO, YourStory

As a person who lives and breathes stories, launching YourStory was a perfect extension of Shradha Sharma’s passion. She founded the digital media platform in 2008 with the aim of championing the untold stories of entrepreneurship in India. Over the years, she and her kickass team have written compelling stories of over 40,000 entrepreneurs and truly made a difference in their lives. YourStory has earned numerous industry awards during its journey. Shradha herself was selected to the list of 500 LinkedIn Influencers across the world in 2015.

5. Anamika Sengupta, Founder of Almitra Tattva and Co-founder of Almitra Sustainables

When Anamika became a mother, she was inspired to start Almitra Tattva, an e-commerce portal that advocates and educates new parents on the benefits of babywearing, as well as offers baby-safe and ergonomic products for the same. She always had a keen interest in the exquisite handloom fabrics woven across India. She combined her need of babywearing with her passion for fabrics and began a journey that is today giving Indian art a global babywearing platform. Additionally, she is also a co-founder of Almitra Sustainables, a new-age startup that is working relentlessly to save our planet by providing sustainable, natural and eco-friendly alternatives to plastic.

Also Read: A Leader And Inspiration: Anshula Kant, The First Woman MD & CFO Of World Bank

6. Ashwini Asokan, Founder, Mad Street Den

Born in Chennai, Ashwini Asokan is a trained classical dancer who turned entrepreneur with Mad Street Den, an Artificial Intelligence and computer vision company that powers industries such as retail, education, media, and more. From performing across the country to starting an AI company, her journey has been quite interesting. After getting married and moving to the US, she pursued her Masters in Interaction Design at Carnegie Mellon. Ashwini then worked with Intel and found that her true strength lies in AI. She returned to India and launched Mad Street Den with her husband in 2013. The company today offers solutions that apply AI in a meaningful way. Its flagship AI platforms Vue.ai and Blox.ai help businesses transform operations through intelligent automation.