The rising number of women entrepreneurs is steadily leading to a change in the demographic characteristics of business and economic growth of India. Women-owned businesses enterprises are key to inspiring others and generating more employment opportunities in the country. The Tech Panda rounded up five women-led startups that are making a difference and inspiring other women to follow suit.
Hunar Online Courses
This Hyderabad-based online learning platform aims at empowering women across the country by helping them learn new skills and become financially independent. Hunar has government-recognized courses through which one can be certified by National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) and get the best industry-level training to turn their skill into a successful business. 30% of all their students are now running their boutiques, online stores, Instagram businesses etc.
I’m an entrepreneur with a dream to use technology and education to empower women across the country
“The inspiration for Hunar came from watching my mother educate numerous women with creative skills. When I was younger, I watched how these women changed the course of their lives with the help of these skills. With Hunar, we wanted to make learning creative courses accessible to the entire country.
I’m an entrepreneur with a dream to use technology and education to empower women across the country,” says Nishtha Yogesh, Founder and CEO.
This startup is making medical devices accessible, so that healthcare is inclusive for every Indian, irrespective of financial, social, or regional standing. iHeal Healthtech, under the brand name of MedSamaan, has been challenging the traditional healthcare delivery to patients, by replacing them with technology-enabled timely interventions that can have lasting outcomes in disease mitigation, life expectancy, and reduction of treatment costs.
One of the best parts of being an entrepreneur is that there is no limit to the extent of growth
“One of the best parts of being an entrepreneur is that there is no limit to the extent of growth,” says Romita Ghosh, Founder of MedSamaan.
Sortizy combines technology with home-kitchens in India. Providing limitless inspiration, with the tools to make it happen, from recipe discovery to prep to grocery management. A personalized recipe app to solve the everyday dilemma of what to cook.
Just as Spotify has changed how we listen to music and Netflix has changed the way we consume entertainment media, Sortizy is here to revolutionize the way we run our kitchens
“The US market has already seen multiple similar companies such as Yummly and Sidechef revolutionize home cooking. It’s time that India also has a solution of its own. Thus, we have developed Sortizy, which is a technology enabled digital platform that touches upon all key aspects of our home kitchen, helping users to utilize their kitchens efficiently. Right from deciding what to eat to deciding what to buy/procure to cooking it easily, Sortizy helps all kinds of users,” says Surbhi Guha, Co-founder.
“A solution to help everyone run their kitchens in a manner that meets their ever-changing needs and delivered in a manner that most of us are already used to, a digital application. Just as Spotify has changed how we listen to music and Netflix has changed the way we consume entertainment media, Sortizy is here to revolutionize the way we run our kitchens,” she adds.
In an unorganized uniform sector, the professionalism in creating a personalized uniform is somewhere lost because of lack of design experts, lack of standardization and lack of visualization. Studiouniforms.com is an online and offline platform that offers a wide variety of fabrics and custom design options to select and view on a 3D model, assisted by a design expert.
Founder Shikha Verma Thutheja has over ten years of experience as a designer and a manufacturer, which gave her an edge of standardizing the complex design process backed by research. She found a huge lack of design expertise and professionalism in creating personalized uniforms.
We decided to help organizations enhance their brand identity with our professional design workers
“Clothes speak your story and express who you are. They instil confidence, pride, and a sense of belonging to the wearer and hence need a professional touch. We decided to help organizations enhance their brand identity with our professional design workers. Thus, here is an amalgam of creative, stylish functional and comfortable clothing that is best value for money on a click of a button,” she says.
Newsreach is creating a news ecosystem of original and hyper-local content by empowering the offline local news publishers/reporters to go online. The platform will enable numerous journalists to quote fair prices for their story with due recognition and help media organizations to have a consolidated platform to view and license the news stories without the need of extensive on-roll manpower.
We are reaching out to the unreached publishers and empowering them
“The news industry has an enormous number of publishers from Tier 2, 3, and 4 cities, who have authentic content but restricted reach. Publishers in Tier 1 cities have functional websites with high traffic. And this realization started our journey as entrepreneurs, working towards bridging the gap in the news industry.
We digitize small local news publishers from rural and semi-urban India and monetize their content. With this concept, we are reaching out to the unreached publishers and empowering them,” says Co-founder Soniya Kundnani.