This International Women's Day we have 4 Exceptionally Talented Women Entrepreneurs who have their stories to tell.
India has its own pool of fearless and talented women entrepreneurs who’ve made a mark for themselves in India as well as overseas. They've embraced entrepreneurship and established their own venture. It's about time we opened our eyes to the state of schools and started to join those championing a change.
Meet 4 such successful entrepreneurs who are no less than a role model:
Aditi Gupta, Founder, Menstrupedia
She can’t enter the kitchen, the temple or her house even. She isn’t allowed to bake, come in contact with men and more often than not, she has no clue why she’s being ostracized and more importantly, what the hell is going on with her body. This is how menstruation is dealt with in most rural and certain urban areas in India… till Aditi Gupta could stand it no more. Having empathized with similar situations herself while growing up in Jharkhand, Aditi created a Hindi comic book with her now husband Tuhin Patel, illustrating and educating girls about menstruation. From here, Aditi and Tuhin’s venture has scaled to a whole website called Menstrupedia.com. Along with a comic book section to simplify menstruation for the reader, it has guides on hygiene, health and ways to be active during periods, plus – answers to frequently asked queries.
Pranshu Bhandari, Founder, CultureAlley
Pranshu Bhandari is the co-founder of innovative, online language learning tool, CultureAlley. She has previously worked with companies like Sun Microsystems, Pitney Bowes and interned at Wipro. Along with her husband and batchmate at 500 Startups, Nishant Patni, Pranshu started CultureAlley where you can learn various languages through interactive videos after which you can practice your newly acquired language skills on your Facebook wall or Twitter feed. Pranshu and her husband came up with the idea for CultureAlley after Nishant returned from a trip to China having had the toughest time trying to learn Mandarin. Today, CultureAlley has taught over 500,000 people learn languages like Spanish or Portuguese.
Surabhi Dewra, Founder, MeraCareerGuide.com
Surabhi Dewra is the founder of India’s largest online career guide and research platform, MeraCareerGuide.com. Before starting this educational guide platform she worked as a Promoter at Catalog Educational Services Pvt. Ltd. and Design Engineer at Freescale Semiconductor. Started in 2008, this one of a kind educational guiding platform is a place where students can come get answers and clear doubts regarding their career. Additionally, it allows educational institutes to get in touch with their target students. MeraCareerGuide.com already acquired a massive 50,000 users in its initial first couple of months of operation, attracting and helping student visitors of all age groups. Surabhi’s venture has thus helped millions of students find their way and carve out a career path for themselves and connect with institutes of their choice.
Aditi Avasthi, Founder, Embibe
Embibe is the outcome of Aditi’s personal experience with the competitive exam system. In 1999, Aditi appeared for the IIT-JEE, but did not clear it. She felt it was because she did not study chemistry as much she should have. Embibe has been created to personalize the crucial mentoring and academic guidance needed by young people in India – a country where one number can define your access to college. It is very important for every student to feel that he/she got an equal shot at the exam.
Embibe recently raised funding worth $4 million from investors Kalaari Capital and venture fund Lightbox.