Dr. Chandra Vadhana
"I had conceived Prayaana labs in October 2017 after facing a lot of hardships in my professional front due to personal roadblocks, and unmanageable propositions. A relatively lower contribution of women in the nation's economy provided me with a strong reason to go forth with this initiative. With the vision of creating a platform to provide the “life-changing journey" to every girl who dreams of becoming an entrepreneur, we provide a platform to all our female trainees to get equipped with adequate skills and build up a career in entrepreneurship under the guidance of a female trainer. Prayaana is a completely woman-run organisation. All the activities are managed by girls or women. At Prayaana our initiatives include mentoring for career and business opportunities, offline training events like ‘C2C Meets’ – specially designed for housewives who want to restart their career, ‘Future talks’ – which is a series of webinars hosted by esteemed professionals to inspire women and women-oriented monthly magazine - the Shesight magazine. We have a community app (mobile app) to help the users connect with their peers and professionals for guidance. We are also piloting the digital platform of Prayaana Collective – ‘Pracol' (www.pracol.com) that includes the products which are designed and created by women entrepreneurs, and makes use of affiliate marketing. Post pandemic, we have extended the outreach to the online platforms, so as to gather more beneficiaries. We have more than 50 Fellows and ambassadors at Prayaana. My vision is to empower 1 million women educationally and economically by 2030. Our key mission for this year is the C2C Mission 2021. Where we are trying to help 2021 women before 2021 ends. We have on more than 100 mentors on board who will help them by providing the customized mentorship and planning in the training. " "
Lakshmi Dutta Gupta
"I’m Laksshya, a 1969 born Indian stepping out of long restrained and even longer delayed entry into the one thing which has been, is and remains the sole passion of my life. That’s singing!! From the tender age of 15, people have cheered me on - for my distinct voice and singing – to be a singer! BUT I finally cut my own song for a real release as late as March 8, THIS YEAR, on Int. Women’s Day, at the age of 50 plus!! What happened in the 35 years in-between you may ask? Exactly!! Everything that can happen to a Woman - as a Wife, a Mother, and an earning partner, that happened! It was the absence of any realistic platform to support passionate, serious artists, and talent, like myself. just because I couldn’t commit my full time, yet! THAT is what happened! But…recognising THAT opportunity is what the foreign Tik-tok and Hello have built their successes on! In inviting the real creative passion of people … and not of just full-time professionals!! So, THAT is my entrepreneurial dream. To harnesses the excellence and fire in true creative passion – within a shared media platform – and give power and support to creative singers, performers, writers, artists, etc., at all levels possible! After 30 years in media and corporates, I’ve finally started! With myself as my first experiment. And am overjoyed to report a 75,000+ views already, as I write this out. And increasing numbers every hour! I and my very creative and supporting husband who is helping me on every step of this journey are already in conversation with others!And now, with this opportunity here, at this WOMENNOVATOR podium, I do declare my belief that: Nothing can stop me now! "
"With a formal qualification in textile-designing, Savina built a company designing speciality paper products used in Christmas, Packaging, Stationery, Crafting etc., and evolved into exporting paper and fabric merchandise to some of the best names in the world. She has received the woman entrepreneur award from EPCH, a government body, for many years in running as well as the ECGC/D&B Woman Entrepreneur award and the Priyadarshini Woman Entrepreneur Award from FIWE. Proud to have learnt from the best and grown through some of the best-known design-oriented retailers like LV, Paper Chase, NEXT, John Lewis, WHSmith, Calvin Klein, Urban Outfitters, Barnes and Noble, hobby crafts n many more regularly buying her designs and products for over two decades. Now starting domestic brand Kidsy Winsy to bring global expertise and design strength to India, specialising in DIY paper craft kits, products for kids and young adults, party and decorations as well as gift packaging, offering a one stop shop with a huge range of beautiful decorative and creative products. KidsyWinsy comes from a place of passion to Make In India & empower local craftswomen." "
My name is Yasmin Hussain. My husband has been doing this business since 2000, without any certificates and fund help. We applied 3-4 times, but each time our request was dismissed. In 2011, we went to the place of Guindy and registered our company under the name called COTTAGE INDUSTRY-Homemade products. We then created the labels and stickers of Kocchi food products. And we get well successful in 2011 - 2014 and we couldn't have any fund help and we would have no ideas to bring our product successful but we couldn't! And braked up in 2015. And in( 2017)I adopt this business. And I registered (fSSAI certificate) I also had my products to marketing in Facebook, YouTube etc. In 2019, UDYOG ADHAAR (MSME) Registration have been done. And we went entrepreneur grp(EDII). In (2020) I joined in MSME. I went to the training and attend the meetings. They give to me a support and a successful life. I wish to (Krishnaveni mam, Farveen fazul mam and Thank you for the opourtunity to give me this wonderful platform. "
"Benchmark “I vs. me”--Be your own cheerleader! --Meera Haridas I belong to the modern Urban Indian tribe studying and working in many parts of India with little roots of my own native State where I only visited most of my life. Born in a family of professionals, premium was placed on education irrespective of gender. While we were encouraged to have independent thinking there were also typical boundaries placed on how much wings one could spread so that one strikes a right balance between professional and personal life as a women after marriage. In that space, while I was put through great schools and entered college, I also married while studying for my 2 nd year B.Com. As the spouse of a public sector officer transfer and relocation was imperative. Options to choose a career were a bit tricky. But being ones’ own cheerleader helps to get others to support you. Hence, after finishing my graduation while I tucked away the IIM dream I looked for other opportunities. Writing the typical competitive exams, I got in as an Officer of the UTI Mutual Fund at age 22 and worked in various capacities for more than 14 years and followed with a sabbatical. The sabbatical was an opportunity to complete my MBA, experiment entrepreneurship and spend time with my 2 daughters. But going back to Corporate was a deep desire which helped me move to Bank of Baroda and join laterally as a Marketing specialist in Senior Management and leading the Bank’s Marcom department. Later I got an opportunity to lead a major NBFC brand in Kerala, my native state, for the first time where I experienced a National Brand that essayed its story from a small village. As a marketer, my roles took me across India and the take away from each geographies has shaped my vision and perspective. The journey brought many awards and accolades personally and for the companies I worked for. I also kept hobbies viz. writing and teaching alive most of these times. Of course struggles are inevitable. But when we benchmark “I vs. me” , it helps to bring out the best. Hence the 25 + years journey through public /private sector organization with postings in villages, Tier 1 / 2 cities or Mumbai I have enjoyed every part of my journey. The past year I have forayed into entrepreneurship and enjoy mentoring and motivating others, especially women who share similar dreams. I look forward to opportunities of being part of Boards where I could contribute meaningfully to enable organizations for greater growth." "
"We, JPNME Pvt. Ltd. are an EdTech Startup based on Kerala providing AI-assisted digital assessment platform named SkEdu meant for the holistic performance improvement of the students and teachers in the school community. Started in March 2018, we have been making innovative solutions to bring the most effective, time relevant and comprehensive assessment platform boosting the performance of every single child. Our biggest achievement is the successful inclusion of a psychological analysis along with our academic and creative assessment modules. SkEdu is a complete digital assessment platform guiding the schools in improving the performance of the students and teachers. We follow continuous and comprehensive evaluation for assessing and evaluating the performance of K-12 students. Our unique assessment module created by psychologists, academicians and health experts will identify the complete skillset (academic and non-academic) of the students. The automated feedback system involving the teachers and parents are used to validate the data generated by the students. Our unique AI module will help in analysing the indepth behavior of the students including their strength, weakness and generating action plan for both teachers and parents to improve the holistic performance of the students and finally recommending the careers. The performance of the teachers can also be evaluated classwise, and this will help the school authority in accessing the prediction as well as performance improvement models of the entire school community. We are currently registered under KSUM and selected among the top 7 Edutech Startups being accelerated by The GAIN Startup to ScaleUp Cohort 1 Program. " "
"I am a finance professional working in coal India limitedWorking here for almost 8.5 years. Will be joining NeGD under MEITY as GM(Fin) from November onward. In CIL, I have been entrusted with several profiles and one of them is allocation of CSR funds. I noticed that my organisation main focus area was just to achieve the CSR expenditure target but whether the same was actually benefitting the target beneficiaries was a matter of concern to me. So I came up with this concept of ISR, individual social responsibility and discussed the same with my core team member..We led several campaigns like GAO jodo abhiyan, sabka swasth, swacch jal khel tarang etc. I am looking forward for coming up with various new initiatives which will increase our company’s goodwill and will benefit society at large. Awarded with young achiever’s award by Shri Piyush Goyal, MOR." "
"Mom| Cancer Crusader | TEDx speaker | Impact Entrepreneur | An ordinary person with some extraordinary experiences. My journey with the CRAB (Cancer) as a constant companion since 2010, has galvanized us. We have been tempered, stretched, twisted by various situations life has thrown at us. By God’s grace, the love and support of our family, friends, doctors, well-wishers and, a little bit of luck, we have managed. My zest for life and resilience continues to help us to live with gratitude & happiness, in-spite of 5 relapses, 2 major surgeries and 90+ sessions of chemotherapy. Apart from being a hands on mum, doing my part as a homemaker especially in the pandemic and working on the business, we spend time counselling cancer patients, caregivers in coping up. Pro bono. As we are not researchers who develop new medicines and miracle cures, we have setup a venture on the lines of the Sustainable Development Goal of Healthcare for All – Pureza Solutions. We plan to invest a major portion of our share of profits to make the Crusade against Cancer, self-sustaining. By sharing our experiences we hope to help people see the bright side even in the face of overwhelming odds and to strengthen their sense of calmness, grit and determination." "
Dr. Dolly Gupta
"Dr. Dolly Gupta is a well known Celebrity Dermatologist, Hair Transplant & Cosmetic Surgeon in Kolkata. She’s the Director of D’CosMedics Clinic; one stop destination for all Skin, Hair, Antiaging and Laser treatment with the latest and most advanced technologies. Born in a business family in Guwahati, Assam from where she did her schooling and MBBS degree qualifying through Govt.Medical Entrance. After completing MD in Dermatology in 2010 from GMCH, she has been trained under best of Cosmetic and Hair Transplant Surgeons in India for 2.5 years and further did advanced training in Aesthetics and Hair Transplantation from Singapore and USA. She had received FIRST PRIZE Awards 7 times in Award Paper Presentations including for Best Paper in National Conference DERMACON 2011.She has been conferred with Women Achiever Awards like Naari Shakti Samman(2019), SHE Power(2019), SreeNandini(2018), Maitreyi(2017) and several other academic and Entrepreneur awards.She was a part of China Delegation Team 2019 as “Women Change Makers of Kolkata “. Her clients include well known Actors and people from film industry, Singers, Models, Sports personalities, Politicians, Bureaucrats etc.Recently selected as the most preferred Skin and Aesthetic Physician for the Actors and Celebrities in East by the most popular magazine in Bengali Anandalok by ABP group (she was the only Dermatologist to be included from Eastern India). She’s often invited for lectures in Conferences, various Corporates and as judge and skin specialist in beauty pageants. Her goal is to open multiple world class aesthetic and wellness clinics in Bengal and Eastern India." "
I am a Marwari by birth but a total Bengali at heart. My childhood was spent amidst the lush tea gardens of Assam, where my father was a tea planter. I worked with him in the family business for a while, but then decided to carve my own path. My early childhood plays a very important role in structuring my visions today. My early life taught me that even if you are born with a silver spoon, you have to work towards creating your own niche to mark that individuality. My mother was a perfectionist, that is probably why I was drawn to my present career as a life skills trainer. Sonalis Cubo was born to impart knowledge and confidence to women,corporates and children so that they can build their future beyond academic lines. To be labelled as a social entrepreneur is very overwhelming and I would like to thank my dad for the same who never said a no to anyone in need. As I embarked upon a journey the hurdles kept coming but I kept a comprehensive attitude of being porous to knowledge and believed that in order to learn the best, you have to let go of the better. Today, married for 23 years and mother of two wonderful children , I retain a child-like curiosity to acquire and inspire, to grow and know, to learn and unlearn. Where and what you are is just not your identity but your responsibility. It’s better to jump than live at the edge! "
"Recipe Dabba was founded in 2017 with a vision to empower young kids with healthy food choices. Standing tall on the long-term vision , it is currently run by Rakshita Dwivedi who is the Ideation and Execution Champ and Abhishek Dwivedi who helps to scale up different concepts through his ace technical knowledge. Pre Covid Era we had both online and offline programs but now everything we do is Online. CookWithRD: which works on no-fire cooking workshop model to educate kids between 3 to 15 years about healthy food and differentiate from junk food. RD Challenge a 21-day program to engage kids and their parents through tasks and challenges and educate, encourage and motivate them to adapt healthy eating. Kitchen Challenge , again a 21-day gamified program aimed to help kids explore cooking as a life skill from the comfort of his/her home. Cookbook: Over 1000 plus free recipes which are available online for parents to try and imbibe healthy eating as family practice. Online Community, which helps us reach out and engage with like-minded people and mutually learn to evolve towards more healthier eating patterns. Recipe Dabba is on a constant ideation and these programs help us work towards the goal of encouraging and facilitating kids and families making mindful food choices." "
"Social Activist, Mom of 2 handsome son's, Completed Master in Social Work(MSW) after 20 years of marriage and then turned to fulfil the passion of Social Work into work which gave a very unique identity. Founder of Ashay Social Group, NGO, Registered in Oct 2015. Working for the Care of Environment on two major projects. #Avoid Plastic Carry bags and Use Cloth bags #Awareness and Promotion of Hygienical, Healthy Sustainable Menstruations option like Menstrual Cup and Cloth pads. Designer of RUTU Menstrual cup. #My Work Details Today I'm here to share about my journey which transformed my life with a solution of a very natural process-menstruations and also making difference in the lives of more than 5000+ women's. I started spreading awareness about this and at one point got the opportunity to design a cup, and gave it a name as RUTU menstrual cup!! In the last 3.9 yrs of my awareness campaign, I got connected with diff schools, colleges, maids, anganvadi sevikas, govt and corporate offices, mahila mandals, street women's, sportspersons, visually challenged, physically challenged and even the Doctors. I try my best to guide them wherever needed. Have encouraged many thousands of women's till today. I can proudly share here that only with RUTU cup, I am supported with 2025+ users till now. I also came across with different types of women with different classes. Young girls, married women, housewives, anganvadi sevikas, teachers, women from government offices, corporate sector, maids, street women, visually challenged, runners, swimmers, and even Doctors. All are comfortably using the menstrual cup. Adding to this, I help in the concept of MAKE OUR OWN CLOTH PADS, to the users who can't buy these costly options. I help them with the material what they have with them. Many schools, colleges, NGO groups, helped me to conduct such workshops. I'm located in Mumbai, but I try to manage traveling or request volunteers to come at my place to learn this and spread this awareness forward. This is just a Giving Back to the society in a small manner. In the year 2018, honoured as BaiManoos for the Facebook Live by Lokmat on the occasion of International Women's Day. Honoured by Lokmat as Social Entrepreneur Awards 2018 for my social work. On 11th Dec 2018 I was honoured by BahinaBai award, for working for Women's Health, by Gurunath Foundation, Muktainagar, in Guidance of Shri Eknathrao Khadse Sir and RakshaTai Khasde in Bhusawal. Tarunai award from Jantaraja Pratishthan, Pune. Honoured by REA Foundation, Panvel. TedxKharghar and TedxTaraBaiPark Speaker. Dhasu Womania, from India Top 30 Awardee, from 1000 nominations. Best 5 from Maharastra, selected by Fandry Foundation. " "
"Myself Dr. Aabha Pimprikar, a dentist and a homemaker. I started making my own spices, few of my friends liked them, and encouraged me to take this up as a business. But, by the time l was doing 'market research' and the necessary paperwork, the lockdown started! In unlock phase 1, everything started falling in place gradually, l resumed the paperwork, underwent few online trainings, and now here I am, with my company Subhojyam, and my brand N3M (Nashik Misal Magic Masala)! I started with only one masala, and gradually added a couple more. I'm still experimenting with few others! Subhojyam spices suit every palate - kids and grown ups. Most of them are made to order. If possible, l give custom made masale eg. Jain / with or without red chilli powder / no cardamom etc. I have been delivering Subhojyam products in and out of Maharashtra. I want to grow my business with the help of microfinance groups (बचत गट). Ultimately, it's all about food & flavors." "
Healthy mind stays in a healthy body strongly believe in this phrase we Shreeyash Foods are working in Healthy foods made from "Ragi" (Nachani).Under the brand name Fit n fun.The brand name itself suggests these products are made for the purpose of health in a tasty way. With tag line swad se sehat tak. Namstay, This is "Yojana Varkhede". We are manufactrer of Ragi products such Ragi Rava,Ragi Daliya, Multigrain pulav,Ragi soup,Ragi idli mix, Dosa mix etc. Speciality of these products are these are completely organic, and gluten free. Ragi is rich source of iron , calcium and protein with 84 types of minerals which are necessary for body. I have been delivering these products in Mumbai,pune and rest of maharashtra but want to grow Nationally and Internationally with the help of womannovator. "
"Hi, I am Gargi Gaur, a sustainable fashion designer and founder of Gargi Gaur Label. As a kid I was always a big lover of fashion and that ended up with me working with biggest designers of India. My journey began when I started analysing how fashion industry worked, unpaid labours, unethical practices and a huge quantity of waste being generated and sent to landfills. Everything made me question the worth of fashion. I quit my dream job and started learning about sustainable fashion, to my surprise it was an alien concept in India and only a few were preaching it. I also learned so much about climate change, zero waste living and how everything we did wrong was harming the environment drastically. So I decided to start with a clothing brand which could actually put all the scraps and waste fabrics and raw materials into use. I source fabrics from export houses, manufacturing houses, garment stores etc and only pick what's waste for them. I received so much love and acceptance for my first collection of sarees which were made from rejected denim. I have always been transparent about the brand, how we function, and I follow zero waste and no plastic policies very dedicatedly. I also do campaigns where we upcyle clothes directly from client wardrobes, and take workshops regarding sustainable lifestyle. My aim is to have a sustainable wardrobe at every home so that needs of humans as well as environment are met at the same time." "
GEMS IN JEWELS The journey of Gems In Jewels began with the thought process of beauty and safety. Being in a nuclear family with kids and a full-time staff, with both me and my husband working, keeping real jewellery at home was a big no-no. Having them in the lockers at time of occasions, I found myself at a loss of wearing good jewellery. This got me thinking and that’s why I started “Gems In Jewels”, a luxurious designer costume jewellery brand. Our USP is giving our elite clientele a joyful experience of wearing beautiful jewellery that does complete justice to their style. Each and every piece is either created or curated by me personally. My forte is designing creative jewellery for my client’s every jewellery need…….Lariats, kaleeras, intricate belts, hair accessories, earrings for non-pierced ear lobes, stunning sets, fresh flower jewellery, gota jewellery, rings, hathphools, bracelets, jeweled latkans for lehengas and blouses, bangles, neckpieces for women and for men - kalgis, sehras , neckpieces, broaches, talwar-hangings and body chains. Being a solopreneur, I am handling sourcing, designing, production, advertising, marketing, sales, networking and also the brand’s social media platforms. Now, with an increase in my brand’s reach, I find myself mostly firefighting. I need to take a few people on board for various roles! I am working on a couple of innovative ideas that require a lot of research and development. They are going to be ahead of the times. I am keen to build a legacy of a brand that is synonymous with innovation. "