Women have always been underestimated of their potential, just like a vast sea hiding extraordinary riches being partially brought to light.
Women have countered successfully the stereotype of men dominated business and are still kicking out the challenges thrown at them.
Women, the largest untapped reservoir of talent as Hillary Clinton says are now radiating their brightness in the corporate sector as well.
We are here acknowledging some of the celebrated power women of India who with their undaunting determination created success stories in the business world. These women build an empire out of scratch. Women from all walks of life and background look up to these women and absorb values from their stories.
It is one of the most desired apparel brands in India. Biba was founded by Meena Bindra in 1988 from her home in New Delhi, India. She was initially a homemaker who was passionate about clothing and had dreams of making herself shine in the corporate world. She started her career with just an 8000 rupees loan to start a small business, that later became a unicorn in the market.
It has more than 150 brand outlets and 225 multi-brand outlets. Biba recorded sales of INR 600 crore in 2014-15.
Biba also collaborated with blockbuster Bollywood movies like Devdas, Hulchal, and Baghban.
Falguni Nayyar founded this e-commerce platform of beauty and wellness in 2012. She has earlier served as the Managing Director in Kotak Mahindra Group that gave her exposure to the finance and business world. The establishment of NYKA.com was her great leap forward.
The company now has a total valuation of $1.2 billion.
It is a popular travel booking portal established by Sabina Chopra in 2006. She set up this platform when the travel industry was establishing itself in the Indian market. She identified the growing market of cheap travel and accordingly worked out her dream.
She has experience working in Japan Airlines and as the former Head of India Operations of eBookers , an online travel company based in Europe added to her experience.
Purchasing bras in India creates an aura of embarrassment with the male staff. However, Richa Kar, founder of online lingerie retailer Zivam despite being ridiculed and discouraged has shattered all these hurdles.
Zivame generated revenue of Rs.140 crore in FY 2019, is expected to cross Rs 250 crore in revenue in FY 2020. Zivame holds about a 26% market share of the online women’s lingerie market in India, which stood at Rs 430 crore in FY19.
A fashion e-commerce platform for women was founded by Suchi Mukherjee in 2012. Mukherjee was also voted as one of 15 ‘Rising Talent – global leaders under 40’ at the World Women’s Forum.
It is a mobile-based digital wallet that allows digital payments. The co-founder of MobiKwik Upasana Taku is an example of many growing women entrepreneurs. As a payment gateway, Mobikwik has clients like Uber, IRCTC, Dream11, Bajaj Finance, Zomato, Blue Dart, Dominos, Maruti Suzuki, among others.