Successful Woman Entrepreneurs In India

Successful Woman Entrepreneurs In India



Who said women can only be efficient in household work?. Today women are walking hand in hand with men and with more success and conviction. Narendra Modi’s start up friendly environment in the country has proved to be a blessing for female entrepreneurs and instrumental in fighting gender stereotyping in the business community.

Let's look at some of the most brilliant and successful women entrepreneurs.

1. Kiran Mazumdar Shaw

 She is the founder Chairman and Managing Director (CMD) of Biocon Limited.

A recipient of Padma Shri (1989) and the Padma Bhushan (2005) from the government of India, Kiran started Biocon in 1978 which started from  an industrial enzymes manufacturing company and is now a  fully integrated bio-pharmaceutical company

Kiran is also a member of the board of governors of the prestigious Indian School of Business and Indian Institute of Technology Hyderabad.

Today Shaw’s Biocon is leading player in biomedicine research.


2. Indra Nooyi

She is the most sought after women leaders and entrepreneurs. CFO and President of the PepsiCo.  -Indra Nooyi was Born in Chennai, and did her Bachelor’s in Science from Madras Christian College in 1974

In the beginning of her career Nooyi held product manager positions at Johnson & Johnson and textile firm Mettur Beardsell.

After which she joined PepsiCo in 1994 and is  CFO since 2001.

She is an inspiration to lakhs of women in India and is also the recipient of Padma Bhushan..There is no need to explain as to the position Pepsico today has reached.

3. Vandana Luthra

The company which has beautify hundreds of women all across the country VLCC, is a beauty and wellness giant has it’s presence in 11 countries. Started by  Vandana Luthra who was initially, a homemaker,  started her journey in 1989 .

Listed as the 33rd most powerful woman in business in India by Fortune India,  Vandana Luthra was Born in Kolkata, West Bengal. She got herself well versed with beauty, fitness, food and nutrition and skin care when she pursued higher education in Germany, UK and France, after completing a professional course from the Polytechnic for Women in New Delhi. She was awarded the Padma Shri in 2013

4. Chanda Kochar

She is an icon for every girl who pursues commerce as her career.  A very strong entity in business and banking sector Chanda Kochar is currently the MD & CEO of India's largest private bank ICICI Bank.

 Chanda was born in Rajasthan and she got Masters Degree in Management Studies from Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies, Mumbai. She also received the Wockhardt Gold Medal for Excellence in Management Studies as well as the J. N. Bose Gold Medal in Cost Accountancy.

Under Kochhar’s leadership, ICICI Bank has won various prestigious awards.  Kochhar personally was awarded “Retail Banker of the Year 2004 (Asia-Pacific region)” by the Asian Banker, “Business Woman of the Year 2005” by The Economic Times and “Rising Star Award” for Global Awards 2006 by Retail Banker International.

5. Ekta Kapoor

Who does not know her? The game changer of Indian television Ekta Kapoor.

 Love them or hate them, you just cannot ignore Balaji serials. Ekta Kapoor single-handedly founded and made Balaji Telefilms a magic appearing on every television screen in India.. Daughter of yesterday’s superstar Jeetendra , is the creative head of Balaji Telefilms and counted as one of the top 10 women entrepreneurs of today. Her production house has many hit serials to its credit – ‘Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi’, ‘Kahani Ghar Ghar Ki’ and many others, making her the Queen Bee of the Indian soap opera scene.

She has won the Hall of Fame award at the 6th Indian Telly Awards during 2006 for her contribution to the Indian television industry.


6. Indu Jain

Indu jain is the current chairperson of India’s largest media group, Bennett, Coleman & Co. Ltd., which owns the Times of India and other large newspapers

Not only being an able entreprenuer she is also  known by many different identities such as that of a spiritualist, humanist, entrepreneur, an aficionado of culture and the arts, an educationalist . formally launched by the President of India in 2003. the guiding force behind The Oneness Forum

Widowed with sons, Ms Jain was awarded the Padma Bhushan by the Government Of India in January 2016 .

A true inspiration  for women around.

7. Naina Lal Kidwai

Kidwai was the first Indian woman to graduate from Harvard Business School.After doing her  Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Delhi university Naina did  an MBA from Harvard Business school.

Naina Lal Kidwai is one of the most successful and famous Indian businesswomen of today.


She is currently Country Head and Group General Manager HSBC Group India. Apart from working at HSBC, Kidwai has also held other eminent positions such as that of Global Advisor, Harvard Business School, non-executive director at Nestle SA and as a member of Governing Board NCAER, Auditor General of India and several other positions.

She received the  Padma Shri award  for her contributions in the field of Trade and Industry.

8. Suchi Mukherjee

Selected as 1 of 15 women worldwide ‘Rising Talents, high potential leaders under 40 Suchi started Limeroad  in 2012 by along with Manish Saksena, Ankush Mehra and Prashant Malik. The company has raised a funding of $20 Million from Lightspeed venture partners, Matrix partners and Tiger Global.

In her life Suchi has  received many awards and recognition like K.C. Nag Economics Prize for best student in Economics, George K. George Memorial Scholarship for overall contribution, all at St. Stephen’s College, Delhi University, Cambridge Commonwealth Trust, Scholarship & Fellowship, and Chadburn Scholarship for merit, both at Cambridge University and British Chevening Scholarship, at the London School of Economics.


9. Richa Kar

Zivame is a leading online lingerie space in India  which has playeda role in educating women across the country about intimate wear and shaping consumer behaviour.

This innovation is the product of Jamshedpur's  Richa. She  is the founder of  Zivame .After having worked briefly in the IT industry she acquired Masters’ degree from Narsee Monji Institute of Management Studies in 2007, and worked with a retailer and global technology company before starting

10. Aditi Gupta

A very good initiative has been taken by Aditi Gupta, the co founder of Menstrupedia. Menstruation  is a very common  taboos though  with time, it is getting the attention.

 she co-founded Menstrupedia with Tuhin Paul, a crowdfunded initiative. The company provides a resourceful guide about menstruation which helps women to stay healthy and active during their menstruation.

Born in a small town in Jharkhand , she was much aware about the ignorance of menstruation and  the taboo attached to it among the society.

Aditi is a post-graduate in New Media Design from National Institute of Design, and graduated in Electronics and Instrumentation Engineering.

Aditi first got the idea for Menstrupedia while doing her thesis on the very subject for her post graduation at NID (National Institute of Design).

Breaking all taboos these women are someone to look for.

Hats off to all of these women entrepreneurs!