- In a first, 5 Indian female entrepreneurs grabbed headlines by participating in world’s leading startup event, Start Tel Aviv.
- Women entrepreneurs have broken all gender stereotypes to come up with innovative start-ups.
- This article talks of 5 such entrepreneurs including Komal Talwar, Mausumi Acharyya, Meenakshi Vashist, Shikha Suman and Neha Jetley.
Start Tel Aviv is the world’s leading, globally recognized competition celebrating the best startups in 31 countries around the world. Ranked 2nd best place in the world to open a Startup, Tel Aviv has set the stage for this year’s Startup competition which celebrates the global rise of female entrepreneurs.
Enhancing women’s economic empowerment in the world of business, this year’s competition recognizes the growing support for female-owned businesses showcasing some of the most innovative female owned startups around the globe.
With all eyes in the business world pointing to Tel Aviv, this year’s prize offers a once in a lifetime opportunity for startup founders to travel, all expenses paid, to Tel Aviv during the five days DLD Tel Aviv Innovation Festival. The event will be an opportunity for female entrepreneurs to network and meet with world’s leading business pioneers to showcase their startup, capturing the attention of potential investors, business owners and key players in the business community in both Tel Aviv and throughout the world.
Once considered a man’s game, entrepreneurship in India has seen a significant rise of female owned startups. This year 5 Indian female entrepreneurs have defied all odds, beating gender stereotypes to take on the world with their innovative startups.
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Here we take a look at the five women and their business startups:
Director/founder of XLPAT
The world’s largest technology database, XLPAT allows clients to save time and money in patent searching and technical analysis and is used by businesses in over 120 countries around the world. A law graduate from LSR College, Delhi (one of the top colleges in India) Komal Talwar is not new to the world of female entrepreneurship. She has been recognized for her many innovative business ideas, having been awarded “Woman Entrepreneur of the year in 2010” by Software Technology Parks of India, and winning The Indus Entrepreneurs Stree Shakti Emerging Woman Entrepreneur of the Year in 2011. Currently, XLPAT is thriving under the leadership and direction of Komal Talwar and continues to grow and be recognized for its innovation and forward-thinking business strategies.
With over 20 years experience in the medical research sector, Mausumi Acharyya is no stranger to defying all odds and succeeding in a male-dominated world. Her company, Advent, was founded with the view to create artificial intelligence based technologies, designed to cheaply and efficiently diagnose many diseases in low and middle-income countries, thus bringing cheap and affordable healthcare to millions of people. Having graduated with a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the Indian Statistical Institute and gaining postdoctoral experience in the USA, Mausumi Acharyya has a thirst for knowledge and innovation.
With extensive knowledge in the Medical Imaging Solutions sector, it is clear that Mausumi Acharyya will continue to change the world by bringing affordable healthcare to some of the world’s poorest nations.
Founder and CEO Technology Uncorked
Technology Uncorked offers all things technology related to making life easier for the billions of people who rely on technology in their everyday lives. Showcasing the talents of Indian investors and technology experts, the company brings innovative and creative ideas to the world stage by changing the way we interact with technology. A community of young inventors, Technology Uncorked, brings dreams to reality by providing a platform for young inventors to bring their ideas to life. Founder Meenakshi Vashist is another female entrepreneur leading the way in what was once a male-dominated role. With 15 years experience in the Science and Technology industry, Meenakshi Vashist combines the wisdom of experience and innovation of youth to lead this globally recognized company with passion and success.
Dr. Shikha Suman
Founder and CEO, Medimojo
A recipient of the AXIS Bank Digital Women award in 2015, Dr. Shikha Suman was the first female in her region to receive a formal education. A strong head on her shoulders, Dr. Shikha Suman, knew what she wanted to do from an early age, and so set about on a challenging journey in the technology and scientific research sector. Founding her first company, Sampling Research Pvt. Ltd at an early age, Dr. Shikha Suman, has been celebrated for her invaluable leadership skills for some years. Her first company went on to become the wine of the top 10 businesses in India.
Combining her technology and scientific knowledge, Dr. Shikha Suman set up Medimojo, a company scheduled to change the lives of millions of people around the world. She could see that the current healthcare system was failing for millions of individuals. Determined to cut death by preventable disease, Medimojo is a digital platform which stores health care records, and uses data science tools to recognize, act, and prevent diseases before the patient requires hospital treatment, thus saving the lives of people who are unable to afford hospital treatment.
Neha Jetley is no Wolf of Wall Street – having worked with some of the most influential people in the New York financial sector, Neha Jetley’s passion for opening up Financial Institutions for the millions of Indians who did not have a bank account, stood her head and shoulders above her male counterparts. She founded EZspend, a pre-paid bank card which allows users to spend money safely at many points of sale throughout the world and online. Working with global leaders such as MasterCard, EZspend has opened up the world of online shopping, save cash transfers and secure bank accounts to millions of people globally. With the growth of the internet, it seems like EZspend will continue to grow and assist millions of people around the world with their finances.
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