International Women’s Day 2018: Indian Women Entrepreneurs Who Have Built a Thriving Business Empire

The days when women never stepped out of the threshold to earn a living are gone and nowadays women are coming out and ruling the workforce with their zeal and entrepreneurship. The new generation of women has proved themselves beyond doubt in all spheres of life as well as the cumbersome field of business and entrepreneurship. On the occasion of International Women’s Day which is celebrated around the world on March 8 every year, we take a look at some influential women entrepreneurs who have built a thriving business empire in India.

Women have come a long way from being just a homemaker. Women were always multitasking and now they are handling family life as well as a successful business empire with aplomb, dexterity and skill. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s startup-friendly environment in the country has helped many women set up their own business and fulfil their ambition of being an entrepreneur. Here is a list of a few such women entrepreneurs who have built a successful business empire in India. International Women’s Day 2018: All New Greetings, SMS, WhatsApp Messages, Facebook Status to Wish a Happy Women’s Day

1.Falguni Nayar – Founder and CEO

Falguni Nayar is the founder and CEO of, a beauty and wellness e-retailer for women. Nykaa is a young company which was founded in 2012 but has now grown to an empire of Rs 280 crore. Falguni Nayar spent the majority of her career -over 18 years—at Kotak Mahindra Capital Co. where she quit as the Managing Director and head of its institutional equities business. Falguni Nayar is a graduate of the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad. She founded Nykaa because of satisfying the entrepreneurial bug in her. The company now boasts of selling more than 35,000 products from 650 brands, both international and Indian and is constantly adding labels to its repertoire to give a better customer experience to the women in India.

2.Richa Kar – Co-founder & CEO, Zivame

Richa Kar is the co-founder and CEO of hugely popular and well-known online lingerie store It is the first web platform offering lingerie in India and has over two thousand styles to choose from. The company was founded in 2011 in Bangalore and has achieved a tremendous amount of success since then. Since in India shopping for lingerie in physical stores is a tad embarrassing Richa Kar conceptualized that offers the Indian women the freedom to browse through styles and make a choice and get it delivered at their doorstep.

3.Rashmi Daga – Founder & CEO–FreshMenu

Rashmi Daga laid the foundation of FreshMenu, a food tech company in 2014. Aimed at rescuing the food-seekers from a mundane and ordinary meal, FreshMenu brings the best food to the customer’s table. Rashmi Daga is an alumnus of the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, and started FreshMenu with the objective that interesting food options with variety and different cuisines can be catered to the food lovers. Prior to starting her entrepreneurial journey with FreshMenu Rashmi Daga had worked with at LifeScan (One of the fastest growing franchise of Johnson & Johnson), and Olacabs.

4.Shradha Sharma – Founder & CEO, YourStory Media Pvt.Ltd

Shradha Sharma is the founder of, India’s top media platform for entrepreneurs and startups for promoting and reporting about their business. Shradha Sharma started in 2008 and from a robust but small group it has now grown by leaps and bounds. Shradha Sharma had previously worked with the likes of The Times of India and CNBC TV18.

5.Shubhra Chadda – Co-founder, Chumbak

Shubhra Chadda co-founded Chumbak along with Vivek Prabhakar. Chumbak is an online store selling Indianised customized funky merchandise. The husband-wife duo realized that while every country has some unique merchandise to offer India has nothing beyond a small replica of Taj Mahal as a souvenir. Thus Chumbak was born, a funky retailer that has products that are quintessential Indian in nature.

6.Suchi Mukherjee – Founder & CEO,

Suchi Mukherjee is the founder and CEO of, an online retailer for the urban woman. brings together the fun of picking out clothes online from a magazine-like layout. Limeroad was started in 2012 by Suchi Mukherjee along with Manish Saksena, Ankush Mehra and Prashant Malik.

7.Sabina Chopra – Co-Founder,

Sabina Chopra is the co-founder of well-known travel portal The travel portal was founded in 2006 by Sabina Chopra, Dhruv Shringi and Manish Amin. It is among the largest online travel related website in India. Before starting her entrepreneurial career with Sabina Chopra was the head of the India operations of eBookers, Europe’s leading online travel company.

There are much more hugely successful women entrepreneurs and businesswomen in India who have carved a niche for themselves alongside the traditional and family business houses. Women like Kiran Mazumdar Shaw of Biocon, Ekta Kapoor of Balaji Telefilms, Vandana Luthra of VLCC, Shehnaz Hussain of Shehnaz Hussain Beauty products are some influential and well-known women entrepreneurs of India. On the occasion of International Women’s Day 2018, we wish every woman in the world a very Happy Women’s Day and we wish them a huge amount of success and happiness in whatever they choose to do in their life.


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