Barring a few exceptions, women entrepreneurs in India are yet to be bracketed as role models and celebrities. But don’t be surprised if this changes fast. India is sitting at the cusp of a women entrepreneurship revolution. There is a growing list of trailblazers.
Rashmi Sinha, the founder of SlideShare which was acquired by LinkedIn in 2012, was named amongst the world’s Top 10 Women Influencers in Web 2.0 by Fast Company. Ashwini Ashokan, the founder of Mad Street Den that solves problems using artificial intelligence; Neeru Sharma, founder of online retailer Infibeam that has revenues running into millions; Anu Sridharan the founder of NextDrop that lets urban residents track availability of piped water; Sheetal Walsh whose Shanti Life provides microfinance to slum dwellers to start businesses and Sairee Chahal, founder of Sheroes that connects talented women professionals to career opportunities. The list is ever growing and strengthening the perception that in times to come women entrepreneurs will hold tremendous influence on India’s economy.