The number of women-owned enterprises making their impact in many global industries has increased in recent years. Women founders are not only tearing down barriers but also coming up with innovative solutions for complex problems and fostering economic growth. They are making a major impact on the global economy, driving innovation, and establishing a more diverse and inclusive business environment in spite of difficulties like gender bias, lack of funding, and a lack of representation in leadership roles. The ability of female founders to provide employment and promote economic progress is one of their most important contributions. With the contributions of trailblazing women founders, this report aims to inspire and empower women to pursue their entrepreneurial dreams, and to create a world where diversity and inclusivity in successful businesses is the norm!
Melanie Perkins is an acclaimed Australian entrepreneur and the CoFounder, Canva, an innovative online graphic design platform. At 19, she launched her entrepreneurial career with Fusion Books, a platform for creating school yearbooks. Her success with Canva has established her as one of the wealthiest women in Australia. Furthermore, she has been celebrated for her leadership skills.
Isabel Rafferty Zavala
Isabel Rafferty Zavala is an accomplished entrepreneur and the CEO of Canela Media, a digital media technology company based in New York that focuses on Latino and Spanish-speaking communities. She is also the founder of Mobvious Media, the second-largest Hispanic-focused ad network which got acquired in 2019. Isabel was awarded the Culture Marketing Council’s Rising Star Award in 2019 and recently won the EY US Entrepreneur of the Year 2022 National Award after being named a New York regional award winner.
Meena Ganesh is the leading figure of Portea Medical, India's top in-home healthcare provider. As Chairperson and Non-Executive Director, she has spearheaded the company's growth and success. She has been the proud recipient of several accolades, including the Kempegowda Award by the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike in 2020.
Kate Hudson is a celebrated American actress, author, and Entrepreneur. She made her mark in the business world by co-founding Fabletics, a popular online retailer specializing in women's sportswear and accessories, in 2013 She is an influential figure at the company, holding approximately 20% of the business and acting as its spokesperson and ambassador. With her success and dedication, Hudson has become an inspiration for many
Founder & CEO, Canela Media
Co-Founder & Chairperson,
Aarti Ramakrishnan is a Co-Founder and the Chief of Operations (COO) for Crayon Data, a business she initiated in 2012. She has a combined experience of 18+ years in marketing, analytics, and operations in the BFSI sector. In 2021, Aarti was honored to be part of the IFTA Award for Woman Leader in Fintech.
Demet Mutlu is a renowned Turkish American entrepreneur and Co-Founder of the highly successful Trendyol. It is Turkey's largest fashion e-commerce platform, and Turkey's first Tech unicorn. Since its establishment in 2010, this platform has experienced dramatic growth - Trendyol does 60 percent of all online fashion sales in Turkey, working with over 2000 brands via its marketplace and offering its own private labels. The site currently has over 16 million customers, reporting an annual growth of over 100 percent.
Ruchi Kalra is an Indian businesswoman who has succeeded tremendously by cofounding two noteworthy startups in India. Ofbusiness - a tech-enabled platform that facilitates raw material procurement and credit for SMEs with a focus on the manufacturing and infrastructure sectors. Oxyzo - The Company designs and develops financing platforms for small and medium enterprise loans. Previously, Ruchi was a Partner at McKinsey & Company
Julia Hartz is an accomplished American entrepreneur and the Co-Founder, Eventbrite, an innovative global self-service online event ticketing and management platform. From bootstrapping to billion, Hartz has achieved remarkable success and has established Eventbrite as a major player in the field. Under her leadership, Eventbrite has grown globally and has also been voted several times as the best company to work for in San Francisco.
Co-Founder & COO, Crayon Data
Co-Founder, OfBusiness & Oxyzo
Radhika Ghai is a prominent serial Indian entrepreneur. She is the Founder of Kindlife a clean and conscious e-commerce platform. Earlier she was the Co-Founder of ShopClues, one of India's leading ecommerce marketplaces. She was recognized as one of the first women to the enter the unicorn club in India.
Falguni Nayar is a renowned Indian entrepreneur and the founder of Nykaa, an e-commerce platform renowned for its collection of beauty and personal care products. Before founding Nykaa, Falguni worked for 18 long years at Kotak Mahindra Bank and has since been appreciated for her unique tactics in business and the customer-oriented culture at Nykaa. Falguni is one of India’s self-made women billionaires and recognised for her philanthropic initiatives.
Vineeta Singh is a passionate entrepreneur and the Co-Founder and CEO of Sugar Cosmetics, an acclaimed Indian makeup brand established in 2015. Her mission is to empower the next generation of business owners, especially women and members of underrepresented communities. She is devoted to fostering a culture of creativity and innovation. Italy is her favourite vacation spot, while pani puri is her favourite street dish. She emptied her pocket on Shark Tank India and her to-do bucket list is Boston marathon.
Sarah Leary is an esteemed American entrepreneur and investor who has had a prominent influence on the tech sector. She is the co-founder of NextDoor, a hyperlocal social networking service. She led product, marketing, growth, and international expansion over 10 years from 0 to nearly $100M in revenue before listing on the NYSE. She is an Avid golfer, lover of Italy, frequent global traveller, support of Room to Read and OneLove, diehard Boston sports fan, and proud Vespa rider
Founder & CEO at Kindlife
Co-Founder & CEO, Sugar Cosmetics
Smita Ram is a pioneering force behind Rang De, a social financing platform in India that grants low-income entrepreneurs and farmers access to affordable micro credit through crowdfunding. Smita Ram has made a difference in many people's lives through her dedication and commitment. Her exemplary work has been honored with the Namma Bengaluru Award for Social Service in 2013 and, more recently, with the World Economic Forum's recognition as one of the 50 most influential social entrepreneurs in 2018.
Neha Motwani is an experienced businesswoman and the Co-Founder and CEO of Fitternity, a highly regarded health and fitness platform in India. She has a Bachelor's degree in Management Studies and an MBA, having spent the past 5 years in HR and risk consulting. When taking a break from her hectic schedule, Neha loves to visit Greece and indulge in her favorite street food – Vada Pav.
Hena Mehta is the CEO of Basis, India's first and leading financial platform for women. With 15 years of experience in the finance industry, she has worked at Goldman Sachs, Ezetap, and Square. Hena is a passionate advocate for financial literacy and education. Regarding holidays, she prefers a mix of buzzing cities and laid-back beaches. Hena is also a big fan of Indian street food, particularly gol gappa. She has anundeniable weakness for tech gadgets.
Jennifer Hyman is a highly accomplished American entrepreneur and the CoFounder/CEO of Rent the Runway, an online platform for renting designer clothing and accessories. Hyman is known for her leadership in the fashion and technology industries, as well as for her philanthropic work in support of women and girls.
Co-Founder, Rang De
Co-Founder & CEO, Fitternity
Co-Founder & CEO, Rent the Runway
Anne Wojcicki is a Renowned American businesswoman and the Co-Founder and CEO of 23andMe, the widely acclaimed DNA testing firm. After starting her career as a healthcare analyst on Wall Street, Wojcicki switched to the biotech industry and colaunched 23andMe in 2006. The organization enables consumers to gain insight into their ancestry, health hazards, and genetic features, pioneering the area of individual genomics.
Chitra Gurnani Daga
Chitra is the CEO of Thrillophilia, India's largest travel experience company. Every year, 40 million travellers use Thrillophilia to identify and book meaningful travel experiences. Thrillophilia allows users to find, compare, and book from over 15000 activities worldwide. She has been acknowledged by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Government of India for her remarkable work in tourism, and she has been highlighted in several periodicals and internet media as one of India's top women entrepreneurs.
Shahnaz Hussain is a highly respected name in the Indian beauty industry. After beginning her journalism career, she successfully transitioned to the beauty industry and established her company, Shahnaz Herbals Inc., in 1971. Her success has earned her the "Queen of Herbal Beauty." In 2006, her exceptional accomplishments in business and trade were honored with the Padma Shri, one of India's highest civilian awards.
Masaba Gupta is a highly acclaimed fashion designer from India, renowned for her one-of-a-kind, daring designs. She established her fashion and lifestyle brand, House of Masaba, in 2009. Masaba has received many awards and accolades, including the Vogue India Fashion Fund, the Grazia Young Fashion Award, and the Femina Women Achievers Award.
Co-Founder & CEO, 23andMe
Co-Founder & CEO, Thrillophilia
Founder, Chairperson & Managing Director,
The Shahnaz Husain Group
Founder, House of Masaba
Jessica Anuna is the Founder and CEO of Klasha, a digital startup that creates African cross-border commerce solutions. Klasha Business enables worldwide merchants to receive payments from African customers utilizing African money systems and currencies, with rewards in hard currencies. Jessica has already amassed a lifetime of accomplishments at what many would consider a relatively early age for a professional woman: she has worked for two of the world's most prominent web corporations and started three online enterprises.
Jessica Alba is a multi-faceted woman of many talents. Along with being an established and celebrated actress in blockbuster Hollywood films. She has also achieved financial success as the Founder, of The Honest Company, estimated to be valued at over $1 billion. As a philanthropist, Alba actively advocates for environmental causes and donates her time and resources to Baby2Baby.
Whitney Wolfe Herd
Whitney Wolfe Herd is a renowned entrepreneur who founded the hugely popular dating app Bumble, which allows women to take the initiative in online dating. Before founding Bumble, Wolfe Herd had already gained considerable experience in the tech industry by working for several startups. In addition to making Bumble one of the most popular dating apps in the world, she is also dedicated to empowering women in tech through her Bumble Fund, which invests in businesses led by female entrepreneurs of color. She has spoken out about issues like gender inequality, online harassment, and the importance of diversity and inclusion in the tech industry.
Ann Marie Sastry
Ann Marie Sastry is a prominent engineer and entrepreneur who founded Amesite and Sakti3. Amesite is a software startup driven by artificial intelligence that provides engaging and cost-effective online courses. They employ artificial intelligence to create personalized settings for students and easier to-manage interfaces for teachers. She stands as a staunch advocate for science and technology education. She has been honored with the American Physical Society's David Adler Lectureship Award and the University of Michigan's Distinguished University Innovator Award for her accomplishments
Founder & CEO, Klasha
Founder, The Honest Company
Founder & CEO, Bumble
Founder & CEO, Amesite
Shradha Sharma is the highly acclaimed founder and leader of YourStory, a powerful media platform dedicated to the Indian startup and entrepreneurship scene. Since its inception, YourStory has achieved great success. Her innovative strategies and commitment to excellence have made her a real mark in the industry. Sharma has received many awards and recognitions, including the NASSCOM Ecosystem Evangelist Award and the LinkedIn Top Voices Award.
Caryn Seidman Becker
Caryn Seidman Becker is an accomplished American entrepreneur who currently serves as the Chairman and CEO of Clear, a provider of expedited security-screening services. Under her leadership, the company has grown tremendously and has formed several strategic partnerships in the travel industry. Seidman Becker has also been recognized for her achievements in business and society and has been presented with various awards. Seidman Becker is also a noted philanthropist and advocates for women's rights and empowerment.
Priyanka Chopra is a multi-faceted actor, investor, and entrepreneur. In 2019, she co-founded Anomaly Haircare in partnership with Maesa. The brand was officially launched in the US in 2021 and announced an exclusive tie-up with Target stores. Chopra has also invested in various tech startups, such as Bumble, Holberton School, Apartment List, Perfect Moment, and Genies. Moreover, she opened a restaurant and established Purple Pebble Pictures.
Sara Blakely has attained remarkable accomplishments in the business and entrepreneurial realms. Through her innovative and superior products, she has been a driving force in the shapewear industry, leading her company to become a multi-billion-dollar firm with an international presence. Blakely is a well-known philanthropist and advocates for women's health and education, in addition to her work with Spanx.
Founder & CEO, YourStory
Chairman & CEO, Clear
Ivy Park is an athleisure apparel line launched in 2016 by American singer Beyoncé through her management business Parkwood Entertainment. Beyoncé has used her platform as an entrepreneur to support various philanthropic causes and social activism, such as the Formation Scholars program to support women in the arts, and has supported the Black Lives Matter movement through her music and performances.
Neha Bagaria, the founder of JobsForHer, has made significant strides in advocating women's rights in India. She has given numerous lectures on promoting women's empowerment and leadership. Under her leadership, JobsForHer has become India's largest digital platform for women seeking to relaunch their careers, with over 2.5 million users and collaborations with 3,000+ companies. She is a vocal advocate for gender equality, and has been recognized for her contributions to the business and social landscape in India.
Akanksha Hazari is a pioneering tech entrepreneur and the creator of LoveLocal. She has a list of varied accomplishments, from developing a $200m loan guarantee facility to support Palestinian-owned small businesses to winning the prestigious Hult Prize from former US President Bill Clinton and receiving the Vital Voices Global Economic Empowerment Award 2016, from Secretaries of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Madeleine Albright. Moreover, she is the only Indian tech entrepreneur featured in the book "Vital Voices: 100 Women Using their Power to Empower".
Geetha Manjunath is the visionary and CEO behind Niramai, a leading healthcare company that uses Artificial Intelligence and non-invasive technology to identify breast cancer. Geetha has spent time with Xerox and Hewlett-Packard and is devoted to empowering women in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. Her work has been recognized with several awards and accolades, acknowledging her many contributions to the field. Her Favorite holiday destination is Himalayas and her favorite street food is Chats/Masala Puri
Co-Founder, Ivy Park
Founder & CEO, LoveLocal
Dr. Somdutta Singh
Dr. Somdutta Singh has accomplished various feats throughout her career, and is a serial entrepreneur, leading global ecommerce accelerator Assiduus Global, she recently raised her Series A and has accumulated multiple awards and acknowledgments. She was the Former Vice-Chairperson of the NASSCOM Product Council and WEP core committee. Her favourite holiday destination is Denmark, where her life partner hails from. She loves Indian street food, particularly Panipuri.
Eynat Guez is a highly experienced entrepreneur with over two decades of experience in global payroll and workforce management. She co-founded Papaya Global, a ground-breaking company that offers a technology-driven solution to global payroll management, helping finance leaders and boosting employee experience. She is among the few female CEOs to reach unicorn status and known to be the only woman in Israel who heads a high-tech unicorn.
Ragini Das co-founded leap.club, a socialprofessional network catering to women's needs. Having had six years of experience at Zomato, she has led several sales and growth teams and was responsible for the international expansion of Zomato Gold. Ragini loves Bali for relaxation and Singapore for exciting meat dishes, she also enjoys tangy gol gappas in her home country. She understands the importance of taking a break and plans to do a digital detox on a serene beach for 10 days.
Pooja Sareen has been spearheading Inc42 Media as its Co-Founder since its inception. As a leading voice for the Indian startup ecosystem, Inc42 has published over 20,000 stories and 35+ reports, reaching an impressive 20 million people in India each month. Moreover, her brilliant efforts have been recognized. She was named one of the Top 25 Voices of LinkedIn India for 2018. She engages with over 700K people daily and was even granted the Indian Women Excellence and Leadership Award in the Media category during the National Women Leadership Summit 2019.
Founder, Assiduus Global
Co-Founder & CEO, Papaya Global
Co-Founder, Inc42 Media
Josh Talks is an online multimedia company that uses personal stories to motivate viewers in India to reach their full potential. Currently, Josh Talks' content is broadcasted in eight regional languages and is viewed by more than 45 million people each month. Supriya Paul loves Phuket in Thailand for its beautiful scenery and enjoys indulging in chole bhature street food. She's splurged on an iPad and is always looking for new challenges. Skydiving is at the top of her bucket list, and Supriya is a woman who loves adventure.
Kanika Tekriwal is the successful CEO of JetsetGo and the founder of India's first aircraft leasing organization. She is recognized as one of the youngest self-made women entrepreneurs in India. Kanika likes to invest in experiences over material possessions, such as travel, wellness retreats, and quality time with family and friends. Her favorite holiday destinations include the Maldives and St. Moritz; back at home, she enjoys indulging in sev puri from street vendors in Bombay.
Pernilla Nyrensten founded RevolutionRace in 2013 to create affordable and high-quality outdoor gear, becoming a leading clothing brand in Europe. She is recognized as one of Sweden's top female entrepreneurs and is involved in social and environmental initiatives. RevolutionRace has sustainable and ethical practices, uses environment friendly materials, and is committed to fair labor practices. She values the input and ideas of her team members and works to create a positive and inclusive workplace culture.
Reshma Saujani is a renowned figure in the technology world, having founded and served as CEO of Girls Who Code. This non-profit organization focuses on closing the gender gap in technology by teaching girls to code. With a law degree from Yale and prior experience as an attorney and activist, her influence has been far-reaching. Saujani has delivered multiple TED Talks and has written several books, including the best-selling "Girls Who Code: Learn to Code and Change the World.
Co-Founder & CEO, Josh Talks
Founder & CEO, JetsetGo
Founder & CEO, Girls Who Code
In 2009, Upasana Taku co-founded MobiKwik, a digital payment platform that has become one of India's leading providers. With over 120 million users, strategic partnerships with major retailers and banks, and Taku's leadership, MobiKwik has become a major force. Taku is a passionate advocate for women in tech, having gained experience in Silicon Valley working at PayPal for three years.
Robyn Rihanna Fenty
Rihanna is a successful entrepreneur, having launched several businesses including Fenty Beauty, a cosmetics line, and Savage X Fenty, a lingerie line. Rihanna is also known for her philanthropic efforts, including the Clara Lionel Foundation, which she founded in honor of her grandparents to support education and health initiatives in impoverished communities.
Ashwini Asokan is a prominent figure in the Indian startup ecosystem and the cofounder and CEO of Mad Street Den, a computer vision-based artificial intelligence startup that has raised over $17 million in funding. Her platform, Vue.ai, is employed by retail and fashion brands worldwide. Before this, Asokan was at Intel and co-founded Jump Games.
Sairee Chahal is the founder and CEO of SHEROES, a virtual space with more than 20 million female users that offers career and business openings for women. She has been a beacon of hope for many. She has also established Fleximoms, an organization providing adaptable women's work opportunities. Sairee loves to travel and discover new cultures, with Hawaii being her favorite holiday destination. Her love for street food is immense, and she enjoys elote and ripe fruits with fresh juices from street vendors. She has a weakness for jewelry, which she admits to emptying her pockets on. Her to-do list includes a dreamy goal of seeing the Aurora Borealis.
Co-Founder & COO, MobiKwik
Founder, Fenty Beauty
CEO and Co-Founder, Mad Street Den
Founder & CEO, SHEROES
Bhavna Suresh, a serial entrepreneur, closed India's largest seed round with 10club. International investor and Fireside Ventures co-led the $40 million financing round. Suresh previously led Lamudi Philippines with a successful exit and founded StyleBank. She holds a Management Strategies degree from HEC Paris and engineering degree from VTU. Bhavna is an inspirational and strong voice for women and diversity.
Alice Bentinck is a successful entrepreneur and co-founder of Entrepreneur First, a startup accelerator and company builder that supports aspiring entrepreneurs from Europe and Asia. She has been recognized for her contributions to business and entrepreneurship, including being a Top 25 finalist in the Tech City Movers and Shakers, 2013. In 2016, she was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) for her services to business.
Anisha Patnaik co-founded LexStart, a legal and compliance service for the start-up ecosystem. Drawing on her 18 years of experience in corporate commercial law, Anisha provides comprehensive advice on mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, entity formation, shareholder and Co-Founder agreements, investment transactions, and stock incentive structures. Anisha loves traveling and emptied her pocket on her trip to Machu Pichu, Peru. Loves Pani puri, Anisha's to-do bucket list is to run a bed & breakfast, fund, watch great migration, become Asia's largest startup law firm, and change lives of women.
Judith R Faulkner
In 1979, Judy Faulkner founded Epic Systems in a basement in Wisconsin, and it has since become the nation's premier medical record software provider. Epic's software is employed by renowned healthcare institutions such as Johns Hopkins and Mayo Clinic, allowing them to securely store and access the medical records of more than 250 million people.
Co-Founder & General Partner,
CEO & Founder, Epic Systems
Jaime Schmidt is a renowned American businesswoman and philanthropist. She is the founder of Schmidt's Naturals. This organic and natural personal care products company began as a humble Etsy shop and has since bloomed into a fully-fledged business sold in stores across the globe. Additionally, she established the Schmidt Family Foundation to back environmental causes and sustainability projects.
Anne Boden, the Welsh tech entrepreneur, is renowned for her accomplishments in finance and banking. In 2018, she was honored with an MBE for her services to financial technology, and her greatest achievement is creating and leading Starling Bank. This mobile-only digital bank has rapidly gained popularity, serving over 2 million customers in the UK. Boden's efforts have truly revolutionized the banking industry.
Arum Kang is an acclaimed American businesswoman, and CEO of the renowned dating application Coffee Meets Bagel. She formed the organization together with her sisters, Dawoon and Soo, in 2012. In order to compete with other dating apps, Kang's leadership has assisted the business in addressing issues with consent, privacy, safety, and creating deep connections. Kang is also a frequent speaker on topics related to entrepreneurship, technology, and women in leadership. She was named one of Fast Company's Most Creative People in Business.
Meeta Sharma Gupta
Meeta Sharma Gupta, an alumnus of IIT and holder of a Ph.D. from Harvard University, has returned to India to spark a revolution in the toy industry. Upon noticing the dearth of natural and secure options in the market, she has established a company that manufactures safe and secure toys for children. Meeta dreams of visiting New Zealand, she loves gol gappas and fashionable dresses. Her To Do bucket list includes Norway, Argentina, FIFA World Cup, and meeting Roger Federer.
Founder, Schmidt's Naturals
Founder & CEO, Starling Bank
Co-Founder & CEO, Coffee Meets Bagel
Tory Burch is a fashion designer who founded her own collection of apparel and accessories in 2004. The brand gained recognition after being featured on Oprah Winfrey's show in 2005 and is now sold in over 300 stores worldwide. In 2009, she established the Tory Burch Foundation, which provides access to financing, education, and digital tools, as well as a Fellowship program, to improve women's empowerment and entrepreneurship in the United States.
JoulestoWatts is a major provider of IT personnel solutions, focusing in permanent and contract labour, as well as the Hire-TrainDeploy approach. They have a proven track record of matching the right people with the appropriate career openings, with 200+ clients and 4000+ employees on the payroll. Preeti Sawant loves London for its culture and history and can't resist spicy vada pav as her favorite street food. She spends most of her money on travel and has big plans for the future, including making an impact for the less fortunate, traveling the world, building a billion-dollar business, and meeting her dream mentor.
Mabel is the Co-Founder and COO of Open, a neobanking platform and the celebrated 100th unicorn of India. Mabel is a serial entrepreneur, with more than 15 years of experience in the financial technology space, Founded CashNxt and Zwitch, and spent time at PayU and Citrus. An alumnus of IIM Bengaluru, she has won the “Startup leader of the year” award hosted by MEITY and Nasscom.
Rajoshi Ghosh is an accomplished entrepreneur, founder of 5 additional startups, World Economic Forum Global Shaper and Chief Operating Officer of Hasura, a product development company. Before joining Hasura, Rajoshi co-founded 34 Cross, which provided consulting services to Fortune 500 companies for the transition from monolithic to microservices architecture. She is also the founder of Find A Kadai and Owlink and a founding member of the esteemed Tech Saloon.
Founder & CEO, JoulestoWatts
Business Solutions Pvt Ltd
Founder & Executive Chairman,
Tory Burch LLC
Co-Founder & COO, Hasura
Alia Bhatt is an Indian-origin actress who primarily works in Hindi films. She is a very well-known investor and brand endorser who supports various philanthropic causes. Alia Bhatt launched Ed-a-Mamma, a sustainable clothing brand, in November 2020. The startup, that cares about the children and the earth, has recorded a 10x in just 10 months. Additionally, she has initiated several social causes and supported multiple charities.
Neeru Sharma is the co-founder and director of platform business service at Infibeam, one of the first Indian online retailers to go public and one of the few ecommerce start-ups that is profitable. Sharma has worked at TCS, Alcatel, and Amazon, where she worked with Jeff Bezos. She operated out of a small apartment office in Daryaganj, New Delhi, educating people across the supply chain on the prospects of the e-commerce platform.
Naiyya Saggi is a thriving entrepreneur who has played a key role in establishing both the Good Glamm Group and Baby Chakra, an inventive platform that simplifies the journey of parenthood. She is an alumnus of Harvard Business School and has gained global recognition from tech giants like Google, Facebook, and Microsoft for her remarkable accomplishments. Apart from her entrepreneurial success, Naiyya is devoted to fostering workplace diversity and inclusivity while encouraging leaders to celebrate and acknowledge the success of women leaders.