Top 10 Most Successful Women Entrepreneurs in India [2019]

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Women’s are achieving success in almost every field, Business is also one of them. There are more than 14% of businesses which are owned and managed by women entrepreneurs and the numbers keep increasing.

There are many successful and famous women entrepreneurs in India who are doing great in their fields.

Here I’m going to list Top 10 Most Successful and Famous Indian Women Entrepreneurs who are the great examples as well as inspiration for upcoming entrepreneurs.

Top 10 Most Successful Women Entrepreneurs in India [2019]

  1. Falgunin Nayar – Founder of Nykaa
  2. Neeru Sharma – Co-Founder at Infibeam
  3. Radhika Ghai Aggarwal – Co-Founder of Shopclues
  4. Risha Kar – Founder of Zivame
  5. Sabina Chopra – Co-Founder in Yatra
  6. Sairee Chahal – Founder of Sheroes
  7. Shradha Sharma – Founder of your story
  8. Suchi Mukherjee – Founder of Limeroad
  9. Upasana Taka – Founder of Zaakpay, Co-Founder in Mobikwik
  10. Vandana Luthra – Founder of VLCC


1. Falguni Nayar – Founder of Nykaa

Falguni Nayar - Founder of Nykaa | Most Successful Women Entrepreneurs in India [2019] | Startup Sutra
Falguni Nayar – Founder of Nykaa

Falguni Nayar (Falguni Sanjay Nayar) is one of those most famous and successful women entrepreneurs in India who possess a dream of doing something big, and that she did! She is now a successful entrepreneur who runs a company with a valuation of 200crs.

Think big, but start small

Falguni Nayar

Falguni has done her post-graduation Diploma in Management from IIM(Indian Institute of Management), Ahmedabad. She was the former Managing Director at Kotak Mahindra Capital Co. for more than 18 years. She gave up her job in 2012 to pursue her dreams of becoming a women entrepreneur.

After quitting her job, She decided to start a multi-brand beauty store named “Nykaa“.

She got this business idea when she was shopping on an International multi-brand beauty store, Sephora. She felt the need to replicate that in India, and that’s how the Nykaa was started.

Nykaa is an e-commerce store that deals in beauty and wellness products from all the leading brands like Lakmé, Kaya Skin Clinic, L’Oréal Paris, and more. It has its offline presence in 17+ stores and expanding. It has over 850+ curated brands and 35,000 products.


2. Neeru Sharma – Co-Founder at Infibeam

Neeru Sharma - Co-Founder at Infibeam
Neeru Sharma – Co-Founder at Infibeam

Neeru Sharma holds an MBA from Carnegie Mellon University and an Engineering degree in Computer Science.

She is one of the founders or we can say a co-founder at Infibeam.

Infibeam was started in 2007, it’s an online eCommerce store for books, electronics, and automobiles in India. Infibeam is listed on the BSE and the National Stock Exchange of India and Infibeam also became India’s first eCommerce company to file an IPO, in July 2015

Neeru Sharma heads all of Corporate Development at Infibeam, which includes strategic thinking, new business model evaluation, and implementation, formulating and handling strategic alliances and representing Infibeam in the eCommerce arena.

The reason why women entrepreneurs are much more successful is that being women. We understand the market in a much better way, as even today, in the traditional setup, the household income comes to the woman. We understand relationships better, we are more trust-worthy and our perspective adds a unique richness as by nature we are bound to see more dimensions because it is our role. If we add up these three four things, then it makes it the most successful business formula

Neeru Sharma

3. Radhika Ghai Aggarwal – Co-Founder of Shopclues

Radhika Ghai Aggarwal - Co-Founder of Shopclues | Most Successful Women Entrepreneurs in India [2019] | Startup Sutra
Radhika Ghai Aggarwal – Co-Founder of Shopclues

Radhika Ghai Aggarwal is the Co-founder at ShopClues. She is also the first woman entrepreneur from India to enter the Unicorn Club.

Radhika holds an MBA from Washington University and has also studied Web 2.0 and Creative Writing from Stanford. In fact, ShopClues is also not Radhika’s first entrepreneurial venture. She had earlier started a company which was a content portal for NRI women, known as “FashionClues“.

ShopClues is an online eCommerce store, just like Flipkart and Amazon which is owned by Clues Network Pvt. Ltd.

ShopClues raised funding of US$100 million from Tiger Global Management and joined the Unicorn Club in January 2016.



4. Richa Kar – Founder of Zivame

Risha Kar - Founder of Zivame | Most Successful Women Entrepreneurs in India [2019] | Startup Sutra
Richa Kar – Founder of Zivame

Richa Kar – the founder of Zivame, become a successful women entrepreneur by starting India’s biggest online retailer of lingerie.

In 2011, Richa realized that lingerie is an under-served category in India. That’s how she decided to start Zivame which was accepted by the Indian Women’s as it’s a comfortable way of shopping for innerwear online in India.

Zivame runs by Actoserba Active Wholesale Pvt. Ltd., which is a Bengaluru based company launched in 2011.

Zivame is now also extending into multiple categories and channels. It has it’s a presence in more than 26 retail stores and over 600 multi-brand outlets along with the reach across India through its online channel. It also becomes India’s flagship omnichannel lingerie brand.

Zivame has raised total funding of $57.6 million since it was established.


5. Sabina Chopra – Co-Founder in Yatra

Sabina Chopra - Co-Founder in Yatra | Most Successful Women Entrepreneurs in India [2019] | Startup Sutra
Sabina Chopra – Co-Founder in Yatra

Sabina Chopra – the co-founder at Yatra, she is one the most successful women entrepreneurs in India having more than 16 years of work experience with ebookr which is Europe’s Largest Travel Company in India.

She has her Bachelor of Arts degree from Delhi University.

Sabina launched Yatra.com in 2006 along with two co-founders, Dhruv Shringi and Manish Amin.

Yatra is basically an online portal or an online travel agency to book hotels, flight tickets, bus and train tickets, and holiday packages in India and abroad. The company is based in Gurugram. It also became the second-largest online travel service provider in India on April 2012.

Yatra has raised more than $50 million funds in 4 rounds of funding.


6. Sairee Chahal – Founder of Sheroes

Sairee Chahal - Founder of Sheroes | Most Successful Women Entrepreneurs in India [2019] | Startup Sutra
Sairee Chahal – Founder of Sheroes

Sairee Chahal – the founder and CEO of SHEROES, which is not her first venture. She also has another venture known as Fleximoms, that’s the place from where she got the idea of SHEROES and become a successful women entrepreneur in India.

SHEROES is an online destination for women from where they can get advice on a particular profession and explore different career opportunities.

Sairee established SHEROES in January 2014 with a mission of helping women to find the perfect career and make their life better.

SHEROES also runs the only women career helpline in the world which is operated by a team of career counselors and coaches. They help women by offering them support, advice, and resources.

SHEROES envisions putting every Indian woman’s career on the map and impact the lives of 100 million women in the next 10 years.

Sairee Chahal


7. Shradha Sharma – Founder of your story

Shradha Sharma – Founder of your story

Shradha Sharma is the founder of YourStory which is a media technology platform for entrepreneurs. She is also one of the top bloggers in India.

Before starting YourStory, She served as an assistant vice president at CNBC TV18 and also a brand adviser at The Times of India.

Shradha founded YourStory in 2008, with the mission to tell stories that matter, stories with heart, with a drive.

YourStory have published more than 70,000 stories of entrepreneurs and change-makers and helped more than 50,000 entrepreneurs access networking and funding opportunities.

YourStory stands tall with a database of over 70,000 stories where she leads the team of over 100 people who offer the content in 11 different local languages and having a reader-base of more than a million.


8. Suchi Mukherjee – Founder of Limeroad

Suchi Mukherjee - Founder of Limeroad | Most Successful Women Entrepreneurs in India [2019] | Startup Sutra
Suchi Mukherjee – Founder of Limeroad

Suchi Mukherjee – the founder of LimeRoad, is an Indian Women Entrepreneur who started her entrepreneurial journey in 2012 when he was on maternity leave.

LimeRoad.com was the inception of an idea that came to me while reading a glossy magazine  during one of those rare ‘me time’ moments after the birth of my second child in London. As I  flipped the pages of this beautiful magazine, I found a piece of jewellery I really liked, and I felt  the urge to reach out, touch it and buy it

Suchi Mukherjee Say’s

Suchi lives in Haryana with her husband and has two children’s.

In 1998, Suchi started her career with Lehman Brothers Inc., and in 2003, she joined Virgin Media as Director of Change and Business Development. She also worked in eBay, Skype, and Gumtree later.

LimeRoad was founded in 2012, it’s an online eCommerce store which deals in fashion, lifestyle, and accessories.

LimeRoad also has reported an increase in revenue of about 78.5 percent in February 2019.


9. Upasana Taku – Founder of Zaakpay, Co-Founder in Mobikwik

Upasana Taku - Founder of Zaakpay, Co-Founder in Mobikwik
Upasana Taku – Founder of Zaakpay, Co-Founder in Mobikwik

Upasana Taku – the founder of ZaakPay and Co-Founder in Mobikwik is Indian Women Entrepreneur who now runs Mobikwik which now become India’s largest independent mobile payments network and ZaakPay which is an online payment gateway.

Upasana has worked with HSBC and Paypal, which helps her in getting a good knowledge and background in payments.

In April 2009, She founded MobiKwik with Bipin Preet Singh and in October 2017, they have launched ZaakPay which an online payment gateway for MobiKwik.

Nothing pushes you forward like the voice that comes from within.

Upasana Taku

10. Vandana Luthra – Founder of VLCC

Vandana Luthra - Founder of VLCC | Most Successful Women Entrepreneurs in India [2019] | Startup Sutra
Vandana Luthra – Founder of VLCC

Vandana Luthra – the founder of VLCC Health Care Limited is an Indian women entrepreneur who has expertise in beauty, fitness, food nutrition and skincare. She studied all this from Germany, UK, and France.

In 1989, Vandana started VLCC which is a beauty and slimming services center in Safdarjung Development Area, New Delhi.

VLCC is currently operating more than 326 locations in 153 cities and 13 countries.

Vandana was also ranked 26th in the distinguished annual Forbes Asia 2016 list which is of 50 Power Businesswomen in the APAC region (which includes Asia, Australia, and New Zealand).


Those are the Top 10 most Successful and Famous Women Entrepreneurs in India. Do you also want to start your entrepreneurial journey as a woman?

Well, check out my blog on 17+ Business Ideas for Women in India [2019]. It helps you in getting a great business idea for your new business/startup.

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