Chumbak to Freshmenu: Five women entrepreneurs who made Bengaluru proud
Meet the five women, who launched their start-ups that grew to become household names in Bengaluru.
Bengaluru is known as one of the most happening cities of India. It has given ample opportunities for Bengalureans to start their ventures and flourish. Here are five women with stories of their amazing start-ups that have become household names in the city.
Chumbak - Shubhra Chadda
Shubhra Chadda was on her maternity break when her husband asked her to work on an idea. After studying the sector of retail and design, Chumbak happened in the beginning of 2010. She sold her house for Rs 40 lakh. She got her first shipping order in March. She started with selling magnets, keychains and cushion covers online. Now, Chumbak is a lifestyle brand. Currently, the flagship stores are in Bengaluru and Delhi along with 35 pop-up stores across India.
Awake - Kiran Mazumdar Shaw along with six women
Seven successful women entrepreneurs such as Madhura Chatrapathy, Kiran Mazumdar Shaw, Lekha Chand, Shandrila Naidu, Indrajeet Sahani, Aban Minochar and Supanya Datta got together in December 1983 and formed the Association of Women Entrepreneurs of Karnataka (AWAKE) in Bengaluru. The vision was to build a strong force. Helping women from lower economic strata of the society and helping them join the economic mainstream is AWAKE's major aim. It is a NGO working towards empowerment of women through entrepreneurship development to improve their economic condition.
FreshMenu - Rashmi Daga
Rashmi Daga is the founder and CEO of FreshMenu. She is an IIM Ahmedabad alumnus. She had earlier worked with companies including IBM India, Johnson & Johnson Medical, TutorVista, BlueStone and Ola before starting FreshMenu in 2014. Known for providing homely, special food, the popularity of FreshMenu continues to spread widely in Bengaluru.
Zivame - Richa Kar
Richa Kar is the co-founder of Zivame, and she is one of the most influential women entrepreneurs in the city. She has done her MBA and she is also an IT graduate. She has worked with Spencer’s and SAP retail consulting. During her research, she found that at least 80% of women still wear wrong-sized bras. She also learnt that most women felt shy to speak about their preferences. Thus, she took a step forward to start Zivame online forum, which is one of the most-searched lingerie services in the online segment today.
YourStory- Shradha Sharma
YourStory was started in 2008 by Shradha Sharma. The main aim was to become voice and face of the untold stories of entrepreneurs in the country. It is a media platform that covers the start-up ecosystem of India. She got her degree from St Stephens College, Delhi and MICA, Ahmedabad. She has also worked with Times of India and CNBC TV18. She was featured in the list of 500 LinkedIn Influencers across the world in 2015. In the same year, she also received the L’Oréal Paris Femina Award for Online Influence.