6 Women who are changing the landscape of entrepreneurship in 2021
Since ages we have been hearing that men are the alphas of the human race, but Women on the other hand have proved that race wrong million times. They showed everyone that not only they can cook but can also earn and can equally match the footsteps of men in the Business world. On this International Women’s Day we celebrate the contribution of women leaders who not only changed the landscape of the minds of people but also gave hope to the future aspirants.
Here are a few women entrepreneurs from different sectors who have built an example and helped in changing the difficult times by showing the brighter side of the year by their efforts.
Meghna Suryakumar (Founder & CEO of Crediwatch)
Meghna Suryakumar is the Founder & CEO of Crediwatch a ‘Data Insights-as-a-service’ company that provides lenders, businesses with actionable credit intelligence on private entities they need to improve trust and increase their lending and trading activity. Crediwatch does this with no human intervention by deploying the latest practical AI and technology tools that provide the most reliable comprehensive real-time inputs.
Prior to Crediwatch, Meghna practiced Law and had her own international law practice based in New York City and India. She is an alumnus of Columbia Law School and has a Certificate of Entrepreneurship from Stanford Business School. Her prior experience of finding alternate sources of data to find risk information on M&A targets led her to starting Crediwatch.
At Crediwatch, she seeks to realize her passion for solving large complex problems by using technologies such as AI, ML & NLP to provide a dynamic “Trust Score” on the unbanked SME, an untapped opportunity worth billions of dollars.
Anushka Shetty (Co-founder of Plop)
Anushka Shetty, Co-founder of Plop, a mobile-first storytelling platform was working with Pricewaterhouse Coopers when she realized a major transition that has occurred in her life. An alum of IIM Bangalore, Anushka used to be an avid reader. But what had changed over time is that she hadn’t read a single book other than academics literature. Rather, she became a part of the mobile-first generation, spending most of her time on social media and texting apps. This inspired Anushka to reinvent storytelling and carve a new entertainment category for a smart-phone obsessed generation. Brimming with ideas and a winning attitude, Anushka created a platform that merges the ancient art of storytelling with the millennial art of texting.
Thus, her journey from numbers to words started and Plop was founded in 2019. Plop is a global, mobile-first company that creates immersive and interactive fiction for a young audience. The IIM Bangalore-incubated startup is a part of the Goldman Sachs Startup Program. Anushka has been a winner of the Women Entrepreneur Quest 2019 by Anita Borg Institute, Govt. of India’s Department of Science & Technology, and Indo-US Science and Technology Forum. She was also the Speaker at Google’s Launchpad Women Founders’ Summit in 2020, and at Facebook F8 Conference 2019. Member of SheLeadsTech, an invitation-only community of female-led tech startups run by Facebook. She has completed Grade 4 of Speech & Drama Course offered by Trinity College, London.
Megha More (Co-founder and COO of Possible)
Megha More is the Co-founder and COO of Possible (Earlier called Truweight). An alumnus of Lady Shri Ram College where she pursued B.Com (H), Megha also holds a degree in MBA from Management Development Institute, Gurgaon.
She started her career in the capacity of Information Analyst at McKinsey & Company. After the stint at Goldman Sachs and a financial firm, she moved to the health, wellness, and fitness domain, as a co-founder of Identity Wellness.
Megha incepted Truweight Wellness Pvt which is now rebranded as Possible and there has been no looking back since then. She has been awarded as BW Business world Woman Entrepreneur of the year, 2020 (Health category), and 101 Fabulous Global Healthcare Leaders (2020) for her efforts in making a dent in the health and wellness ecosystem.
Neha Bagaria (Founder & CEO of JobsForHer)
Neha Bagaria is the founder & CEO of JobsForHer, India’s largest platform to accelerate women’s careers. JobsForHer has worked with over 2 million women, 7500+ companies, 1000+ mentors and 500+ reskilling partners across India to enable women to start, restart and rise in their careers.
Neha founded JobsForHer in March 2015 after taking a 3.6-year break in her own career when she had her children. Prior to her career break, she worked at Kemwell, a biopharmaceutical manufacturing company based in Bangalore, where she was involved in the fields of HR, Finance and Marketing strategy for their facilities in India, Sweden and the US. Before she moved to Bangalore, Neha was the Founder & CEO of Paragon, an educational startup based in Mumbai to bring the Advanced Placement Program to India.
Niyati Chander (COO & Co-Founder of SmartDEN)
Niyati is the Co-founder and Chief Operating Officer of SmartDEN, an Indian start up that is focussed on evolving and upgrading lifestyle by transforming regular homes to smart homes. She believes that through SmartDEN, she is providing a platform for every homeowner to lead an efficient and eco-friendly lifestyle. She is carving her own niche in the home industry by promoting green living and monitoring carbon footprint.
Her gutsy and bold approach is what nudged her to start SmartDEN during the pandemic and has built a significant team within 3 months of its birth.
Roopa Hariharan (Co-founder PureCult)
Roopa believes doing your bit for the environment is no longer just about giving up the use of plastic. Roops Hariharan is an eco-warrior, ensuring sustainability starts from her own house. Pure Cult was born out of Roopa’s desire to lead an environmentally conscious life. After attending an insightful session at the World Economic Forum in 2019, Roopa made some significant changes in her own household. She switched from diesel cars to completely electric vehicles and even adopted greener solar energy for her home.
In addition to this she also simultaneously kept looking for cleaner alternatives to personal care and home care. Finding alternatives was not difficult but finding effective alternatives which work well was difficult, so she eventually decided to do something about it herself, in the hope to make such products available to people who are environmentally conscious by launching PureCult - a brand of clean alternatives to traditional and harmful chemical-laden homecare products. PureCult as an organization is a supporter of environment and animal welfare organizations including CUPA and Centre for Wildlife Studies. The company aims to continue to work hard to find cleaner alternatives including removal of virgin plastic in its product packaging and in the long term complete removal of plastic use.