Who says startup ecosystem is dominated by the men only? With the world going digital and advancing at a rapid pace, today more and more women are stepping out of their homes and taking the plunge to pursue their dreams and ambitions. Today’s women are balancing their career and entrepreneurial aspirations with home. These business women have become the inspiration for a lot of other females who hesitate in taking a step forward.
And this can be proved by recently concluded Google India event where they shortlisted and provided guidance to 11 women-led startups in Bengaluru. The tech giant has recently announced the expansion of its startup accelerator project Launchpad, bringing three other programmes under its umbrella — Start, Build and Scale. Under this initiative, Google’s Launchpad Accelerator programme, Google India recently hosted a Developers’ Launchpad Build event in Bengaluru.
According to the Google Launchpad’s Event website, with this edition of Launchpad, they want to support women entrepreneurs from startups across various stages. “The program is brought to you in collaboration with Google’s Women Techmakers initiative and Google’s Women@ program and includes some great Leadership workshops driven by Google as well,” said webpost.
We at IndianWeb2 brings to our reader 11 woman-led startups that were part of Build and received training from Google and industry experts.
Founded by: Amruta Desai
Founded In: November 2015
Amruta Desai’s entrepreneurial journey began when she was 18, as a co-founder of Globals, an IT multinational company. Under her leadership, Globals was able to build a strong partner network in Europe, India and the Middle East. Desai strongly believes that Edtech products can create immense value for both teachers and students. She founded CampusTime in 2015. It a mobile internet startup that enhances student engagement at colleges by helping students connect and network on their Campus. They bring the entire campus ecosystem on board. With the help of the platform, students, alumni, faculty and the administration can share information, connect, collaborate, conduct polls, placements and much more.
Co-founded by: Sarika Sivareena
Founded In: October 2016
IIT Kharagpur alumni, Sarika Sivareena co-founded PregBuddy along with Subhadeep Mondal. It a comprehensive health and wellness platform for women which provides personalized care during the years of pre-conceiving to their early years of motherhood. They are completely a bootstrapped startup for the past 9 months with a team of 3. Prior joining the team of PregBuddy, Sivareena used to work with Furlenco and PepsiCo. She also founded PR-Cell IIT KGP in July 2012.
Founded by: Swathi Bavanaka
Founded In: February 2014
Swathi Bavanaka is an emerging entrepreneur. Bavanaka co-founded Evibe, an online platform for hassle free party planning because she faced a problem with finding right vendors during her own wedding. Prior to Evibe, Swathi did her masters in the US and returned back to India with her passion for working for a startup. At Evibe, she takes care of strategies, customers and vendor engagement. She aspires to touch millions of lives with her skill and expertise in the coming years.
Founded By: Kabandi Saikia
Co-founded In: 2016
Location: Mountain View, California
Kabandi Saikia works to grow Omnify’s customer base and improve its experience. She juggles between operations, marketing, analytics and content. Human Resource Management graduate from Manchester Business School, England and Delhi University alumnus. Omnify is a Global SaaS platform for the small services business. Since the launch in 2016, their strategy has centred around building a platform to help businesses manage their scheduling, selling omnichannel and better engagement with their customers.
Co-founded by: Monika Shukla
Founded In: 2015
IIT Kharagpur alumni, Monika Shukla co-founded LetsEndorse that builds holistic ecosystems around the UN Global Goals, brings together social changemakers and enablers to harness knowledge about powerful innovations, build collaboration for sustainable solutions and mobilise funds and resources through a mix of crowdfunding and corporate-giving.
It is a digital market-network (a social network cum marketplace) dedicated to the social development, comprising of non-profits, social entrepreneurs, companies, communities and local administration. The startup is backed by Social Alpha (a Tata Trusts Initiative) and incubated as part of NASSCOM 10k Startups, Bangalore.
Founded by: Bhargavi A.R.
Founded In: 2014
Bhargavi founded Fundamentor, an innovative product that improves logical reasoning, Maths, English and creative thinking aptitude in children aged 8 to 15. It uses methods which children enjoy ensuring effective cognitive aptitude development. The startup has been developed by professionals who have worked globally in senior positions in Fortune 500 companies. Their team consists of alumni from top engineering and business schools in India and
Founded by: Maheima Kapur
Founded In: 2014
Maheima Kapur founded Talking Street and the key contributor for Bangalore. Maheima is a Physics graduate from Sri Satya Sai University and an MBA from IIM Bangalore. She has 9+years of work experience in marketing and related disciplines across organizations such as Unilever, Tata Global Beverages and Britannia. Talking Street helps travellers and foodies experience and discover the most popular eateries that are frequented by local foodies.
Founded by: Bhavjot Kaur
Founded In: 2016
Having a background of a business family, Bhavjot Kaur first tryst with entrepreneurship was at the age of 19 years, when she had started a firm called Y.United Publications which came up with North-East’s first tabloid magazine. Currently Kaur is building Clinikk Healthcare which aims at revolutionizing the way healthcare is delivered. She is responsible for business development and operations to deliver seamless and prudent medical experience to families. Clinikk is the “one-phone-call-away” health companion of an entire family. The startup provides a healthcare experience like never before – centralized, convenient, trustworthy and of top notch quality which is ensured by an internal medical monitoring platform.
Co-founded by: Binal Doshi
Founded In: 2014
PlexusMD is an online professional network exclusively for medical professionals and healthcare organisations.With over 75,000 doctors across 25 states and over 300 hospitals across 120 cities, they claims to be India’s fastest growing online community of healthcare professionals. PlexusMD helps doctors to create their professional identity in the web, stay updated on the latest news and developments in their specialty, find and connect with other medical professionals and apply to the best jobs, fellowships and courses from leading institutions.
Co-founded by: Sridevi
Founded In: 2014
GUVI is an IITM’s RTBI incubated company focus on sharing technical learnings in vernacular languages. They are a group of software industry experts who share the common passion of sharing our knowledge. Guvi’s journey started off in 2010 as a Youtube Channel with 400+ technical videos in vernacular languages. On gaining more than 1 million views and 5000+ subscribers, GUVI incorporated as a Startup, incubated in IIT Madras in 2014. Guvi seeks to help its users acquire new skills in a language that they are comfortable in.
Co-founded by: Tanvi Bhardwaj
Founded In: 2015
Tanvi Bhardwaj passionate about analytical reasoning and logic in general. She enjoys finding problems and designing and building systems to solve them, whatever they are. She co-founded Mishipay, a new retail payments startup in 2015. They have invented a new technology which allows shoppers to pick up a product they wish to buy, scan the barcode with their phone, pay within the phone and simply walk out. Completely eliminating queuing from the point of sale. By using RFID and cloud computing we also ensure security against theft and seamless integration.
This is not the first time when an initiative is taking to encourage entrepreneur. Earlier in January 2017, it was reported that the central government is considering to launch an exclusive scheme for Indian women entrepreneurs. These kinds of encouragement help women to dream and aspire to become what they desire.