In these depressing times, where equal opportunity for women is still a distant dream, the startup capital of the country, Bangalore, has seen the rise of confident women ready to take charge. From media, to food, and lifestyle – there is no space too daunting for these achievers. LBB talks to leading women entrepreneurs in the city, who have dared to dream, and have transformed the way business is done.

Ankita Mehta, Co-Founder, Snackosaur

Ankita Mehta women entrepreneur founder of Snackosaur

Source: New Indian Express

Lacking in innovation, the snack industry has done little to address people’s increasing want for healthy options that doesn’t rid them with guilt. It’s this wide gap that Ankita’s Snackosaur aims to bridge. Having started it off with husband, Vinayak Mehta, Ankita is a hands-on entrepreneur who starts her day at 7am setting up operations for her staff at the warehouse. She then moves onto experimenting with flavours and inventing scrumptious creations that will have you reaching for more. Along the way, if she manages to steer customers towards a healthier lifestyle with tasty treats, Ankita will consider it a job well done.

Tip: “Stick to the basics and get them right. It’s a long journey that’s going to get very difficult at times and your initial thoughts and what you set out to achieve will matter.”

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Check out the Snackosaur website here.

Shubhra Chadda, Co-Founder, Chumbak

Shubra Chadda woman entrepreneur and cofoudner of Chumbak

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The travel bug bit Shubhra early on as she lived in umpteen locations in the country thanks to her Dad’s stint with the Air Force. She followed it up with a degree in Travel & Tourism but found that out there in the world, the opportunities were less than thrilling and she wandered over to other avenues. But a few years and a baby later, Shubhra, along with her husband Vivek Prabhakar, decided to launch Chumbak. The lack of merchandise that truly reflected a young and vibrant India was what urged Chadda on. Chumbak has now ventured into lifestyle space with endearing products that strikes a chord with Indians and nudges them down memory lane.

Tip: “Ask yourself why you are doing this and then do it only if you are truly passionate about it.”

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Check out the Chumbak website here.

Shradha Sharma, Founder and Chief Editor, YourStory

Shradha Sharma woman entrepreneur and founder of Your Story

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While working with mainstream media, Shradha noticed that reporting always revolved around success stories and billion-dollar industries. Brave entrepreneurs who were still figuring it out were starved for a voice. So in 2008, while still working for a news channel, Sharadha launched YourStory. Today, over 21,000 stories later and after transforming it into a self-sustaining business, something she was very keen on, Sharadha very proudly declares YourStory a survivor. Another aspect that evokes immense pride is her team, who she says, is cut from the same cloth as her and share in her madness. Her entrepreneurial spirit, which she says has willed her to triumph over hardships, has lead YourStory to reach out in 12 regional languages and to aim for 5 million stories in the next two years.

Tip: “Being an entrepreneur is very lonely and tough, so, you need to embrace and love yourself. When you do this, what others say will not matter.”

Find YourStory on Facebook here.

Check out the YourStory website here.

Rashmi Daga, Founder, FreshMenu

Rashmi Daga woman entrepreneur and founder of Fresh Menu

Source: Bangalore Mirror

After her time at IIM Ahmedabad {Indian Institute of Management}, Rashmi made her mark in the sales arena, helping sell everything from software to blood sugar monitors and jewellery. Somewhere in between, she even started off Afday.com, an online space for curated art. But the going was tough and she soon shut shop. Daga then saw an immense opportunity in the food business. Very few people had attempted a scalable format that delivered chef-crafted, delicious looking meals right to your dining table or your work cubicle. In a business like hers, Daga feels that it is important that she constantly has her ear to the ground and is aware of ground realities to ensure that she’s giving each of her customers a great meal experience, and to turn FreshMenu into India’s biggest food company.

Tip: “Follow your heart. If it looks right to you put in your everything, persist and go ahead.”

Find FreshMenu on Facebook here.

Check out the FreshMenu website here.

Oindrila Dasgupta, Founder and CEO, Eat.Shop.Love

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As a young mother, with her hands full with two babies, Oindrila found it difficult to venture out for a shopping spree. Sure, there were plenty of online websites but she’d have to go through quite a few of them before she checked off everything from her shopping list. So, in 2014, with her husband investing in her dream, Oindrila launched Eat.Shop. Love that looks to give women what they want on one platform. If you are wondering about how Oindrila balances work with home {a quandary many women find themselves in} it’s all about teamwork. Her husband, Shayak Sen, and her have crafted a routine where they ensure that a balance is struck between work life and home by being equal partners in all aspects of their lives. As part of her responsibilities at work, Oindrila regularly pushes out new collections and steers the brand towards integrating technical innovations that make for better shopping experiences.

Tip: “Do not doubt yourself. Everyone will go wrong at some point so don’t let that deter you.”

Find Eat,Shop.Love on Facebook here.

Check out the Eat,Shop.Love website here.

Nimmi Cherian, Co-Founder, Daily Rounds

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The tech force behind Daily Rounds, an app that helps doctors share and learn from clinical cases, Nimmi Cherian admits she was surprised by the positivity and love it garnered from the medical community when it was first launched. Along with Dr Deepu Sebin, who started off Daily Rounds as a personal project, Nimmi has managed to provide over 1,00,000 medical practitioners with accurate and quality content backed that doctors have come to trust. The impeccable technology that backs the enterprise has also contributed to Daily Rounds’ success, Nimmi feels. In the near future, Nimmi is determined to shine a light on society’s unsung heroes, doctors, who she rightly deems are superheroes who rarely get the credit they deserve.

Tip: “Plan and get a support system in place so that you can manage your time well.  Also, find sources of motivation – be it a person, books, talks or a cause – to help you through hard times that are an inevitable part of entrepreneurship.”

Check out the Daily Rounds website here.

Nisha Susan, Co-Founder, The Ladies Finger

woman entrepreneur founder of the lady's finger nisha susan

All Nisha wanted to do was journalism and “after two dreadful years in journalism school” she went on to work with a bunch of NGOs, Greenpeace and Tehelka. Her subsequent move to Bangalore encouraged her to start off Ladies Finger, a website that focuses on women’s issues with tongue firmly in cheek. For Nisha, this was a life comes a full circle moment. College days saw her work on Enthupataki, a newspaper that reflected women’s interests. There was an effort to take it to the next level but print products are an expensive proposition and the dream remained. After all this time, Nisha couldn’t believe that a website like The Ladies Finger wasn’t already in existence. There was nothing that told women’s perspective on health, elections, money, activism or work without going down that all too familiar “can you have it all” path. Ladies Finger’s phenomenal growth has seen a recent collaboration with Khabar Lahariya, an award-winning local language newspaper that reaches women in over 600 villages across Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. And if expansion goals are achieved as planned, then there’s a lot more to look forward to from Nisha and The Ladies Finger.

Tip: “Be nice to your peers. Promote their work sincerely. Sure you will have you cranky, jealous days but swallow it and get over it. It will pay off.

Find The Ladies Finger on Facebook here.

Check out the The Ladies Finger website here.