It’s time to put our hands up for India’s female entrepreneurs

It’s time to put our hands up for India’s female entrepreneurs

  • More than six years after India got its first internet unicorn, a female entrepreneur is set to break into the big boys' club.
  • On March 31, online beauty products retailer Nykaa said it had raised Rs100 crore ($14 million) from private equity firm TPG Growth at a valuation of over $700 million.
  • Founded in 2012 by Falguni Nayar, a former investment banker at Kotak Investment Banking, Nykaa's valuation has more than doubled in the past six months.
  • Nayar's achievement comes just a couple of months after Mumbai native Ankiti Bose's fashion e-commerce firm, Zilingo, received $226 million in funding at a valuation of $970 million.
  • While the number of startups, entrepreneurs, and investors have increased in the past few years, a mere 14% of the businesses in the country are run by woman entrepreneurs, according to the sixth economic census of India.


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