The Indian Subcontinent has produced numerous artists of international renown, many of whom are fetching millions at auction worldwide. Some of the most successful and innovative entrepreneurs from India are women, and their varied practices explore a wide range of themes, from identity and memory to politics, history, and contemporary culture. We bring you ten of the most famous contemporary female Indian artists.
From e-commerce to financial services, women entrepreneurs are changing the narrative in the Indian startup ecosystem slowly, but surely. They may be underrepresented in the sector, but women are building some incredible startups and products.
Two years ago, women constituted only 10% of the total number of entrepreneurs in the country. Now, women run about 14% of business organizations in India, according to the National Sample Survey Organization. On this International Women’s Day, we look at the top five women-led startups smashing the glass ceiling in India.
5. ShopClues – Radhika Ghai
Radhika Ghai is the co-founder and CMO of ShopClues, an e-commerce company that sells everything between technology and fashion to footwear and jewellery.
Before ShopClues, Radhika started a company called FashionClues, which was a content portal for NRI women.
4. Infibeam – Neeru Sharma
Founded in 2007, Infibeam is involved in e-tailing, software and internet services with Neeru Sharma as the head of corporate and business development.
Before Infibeam, Neeru worked at Alcatel India and holds an MBA degree from Carnegie Mellon University and an engineering degree in computer science.
3. Yatra – Sabina Chopra
Yatra.com – one of India’s leading online travel website was co-founded by Sabina Chopra. Under her leadership, the company has expanded its customer base and scaled up its reputation. In 2010 she was felicitated with the Women Leaders of India.
2. Zivame – Richa Kar
Richa Kar co-founded Zivame in 2011 after after discovering that lingerie is an under-served category in the country. Working with a brand that owns Victoria’s Secret, Richa even found out that a large portion of sales are earned through the ecommerce channel.
This is what drove her to start Zivame and today, it is the biggest online retailer of lingerie in India.
1. Sheroes – Sairee Chahal
Sairee Chahal, a business graduate from IMT Ghaziabad, with an M Phil from Jawaharlal Nehru University has taken upon herself the task of bringing career opportunities to women with SHEROES.in.
Sheroes was launched in 2013 a platform that provides a career eco-system for women. It broke even in its first year and now has over 7,000 companies listed on their platform.