Empowerment lessons at Women Startup Summit
You must have heard this tag line many times, Startup India Standup India. Startup stands for a business entity incorporated or registered in India not prior to five years, with annual turnover not exceeding INR 25 crore, working towards innovation, development, deployment or commercialisation of new products, processes or services driven by technology or intellectual property. Startups aim to promote Entrepreneurship which is hailed as an indispensable tool for women empowerment. This Women's Day, Chalo Start Kare and Startup Fellowship at PHD Chamber of Commerce organised the Women Startup Summit. It was a wonderful acknowledgment of the efforts of women who are doing remarkably well in their ventures despite the odds they face or faced. It was heartening to note that 9% of all funded startups and 24% of all startups in India have at least one woman co-founder. It was a day to talk about women who started and stood firm, who have a vision and are showing the light.
The young bright Rashi Narang spoke about her venture Heads Up for Tails, which is an online pet shop. "Don't be satisfied with stories of others, unfold your own myth." This quote by Rumi is her guide and she decided to decode the mysteries of business. Her journey had not been an easy one. For six years she ran without any money. The enormous challenges mounted the frustration but she held on. She crawled into Social Media platform, connected with the customers and her hard work and perseverance paid dividends years later. Now we see a successful entrepreneur narrating her success story.Chambers of Ink is an initiative about reviving art of writing. Sukriti Jiwarajka the founder spoke on how enriching it is to hear interesting perspectives about journey of startups. She said how Tagore would have preferred pen and paper in hand, instead of electronic gadgets if he was in today's time. Creativity flows better when written on paper as it establishes an intimate emotional connect.
Dr Shikha Suman, Co-Founder Medimojo, calls herself a Mompreneur. Her venture which is a SAP based healthcare program carries her vision to revolutionise healthcare. She very proudly spoke how she hails from a small town in Bihar and dons the hat for being the first English medium educated girl in the family. She always wanted to be the boss of her job, play with figures, draw reports out of them and quantify results to make companies understand their position. Medimojo is her second venture, prior to which she ran a company which was into Pharmaceutical Research. But she left as she was unsure about taking it to the next level. She also spoke about the play of gender discrimination at work which even she went through.Priya Hingorani, Supreme Court Lawyer, had some valuable tips for the startups and soon had the entire house's queries to answer. They were much needed, helpful rather must know information. She is the fourth generation of a lawyer family and handles matters pertaining to taxation, customs and excise and much more.
How the search of parenting tips led Tamanna Dhamija to come up with her venture Baby Destination was interesting to know. Her venture has more than 60,000 visitors in less than six months’ time. It's a parenting community for moms to discover best resources and products for babies.
Savita Raj Hiremath spoke of her trials and triumphs during making of Khosla Ka Ghonsla film which was turned down by many distributors as it lacked item numbers. It later won National Awards and she feels encouraged to make a second part of it.
Gurleen Kaur, founder of Hareepatee.com, spoke on how she has enthused modern thinking into her family business started by her father. It's a solution driven idea to plan finances and embrace the greener side of money.
Namita Gautam, Executive Director of Sheela Foams, is the driving force behind the success of her business which she handles with her husband. Her great organisational and leadership qualities were evident in the manner she carried out the talk. She spoke of her personal life, where she mentioned that when husband and wife work together they learn to disagree and it's not an easy proposition.The event was not about monotonous business talks alone, as it had fresh ideas and the perky commentaries flowing. Rina Dhaka's presence added on how glamour is responsive to economic growth in society. She has an impressive clientele and a niche above all. Her Hauz Khas studio for Lycra is special as she is the person behind the Lycra churidars which were copied in no time. She couldn't get a patent for it and many profited out of her innovation.
Dr. Rubina Mittal, Professor of Applied Mathematics, Delhi University very effectively moderated the event and mentioned how old styled businesses are getting makeover. They are getting converted into apps, like Jagdish Sabjiwala is being rechristened as Jaggsfresh.
An engaging, engrossing discussion compelling enough to Stand up and Startup.