Orange Flower Awards: Winners Of The PayU Inspiring Women Entrepreneur Awards 2017

More than 200 women nominated themselves, or a woman entrepreneur who inspires them and others, for the PayU Inspiring Women Entrepreneur Awards!

More than 200 women nominated themselves, or a woman entrepreneur who inspires them and others, for the PayU Inspiring Women Entrepreneur Awards!

The awards were announced on 9th December 2017 in Mumbai at The Orange Flower Digital Summit and Awards 2017.

Five winners will receive special 1 Lakh worth of credits from PayU to help boost their business online. PayU provides state-of-the-art payment gateway solutions to online businesses through its cutting-edge, an award-winning technology.

If you are an entrepreneur running a business of any size, whether you offer a service, run an online store, or want to grow a home based business, PayU helps you accept mobile and online payments with minimum development effort.

Learn more about PayU’s range of offerings for entrepreneurs here, and get started with their easy sign-up options!

The Finalists

Medsamaan, Elder Care, F5escapes, Wsquare, Mulberry Life,
Bitgiving, Mana Mohini, Indian Concepts, Pencil9, Heeya,
Feminisminindia, Out O’ Box content, Sylvanheightsfarm, East Indian Bottle Masala, Maymygenome.

The Winners

Romita Ghosh, Medsamaan

MedSamaan is an online marketplace for medical devices, helping to take devices to users across India.

Romita battled cancer herself when quite young; once she went into remission, instead of running away from the scars it left, she dived straight into Cancer Research! Driven by a deep resolve to make life easier for Patients, Romita made a transition from academia to industry to work in the medical devices sector; in 2011 she established her first Healthcare startup, Admirus to facilitate the entry of the latest medical devices in India.

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Driven to work directly with patients in Tier 3 towns, semi urban and rural India, her latest venture, MedSamaan, is an online Platform that provides a common interface for Medical Device manufacturers to connect with end-users.

Her vision is to make healthcare accessible and affordable to patients in hinterland India, thus giving them an opportunity to lead a healthier life, and offering hope to their families.

What started as a one-woman show is today a dedicated team of like minded individuals who have ensured that MedSamaan gets the attention of not just Governments and institutions (IIT Mandi is incubating MedSamaan) and the public at large, but also of international organizations like the American Embassy and Facebook, which have featured her work.

You can follow her work at @medsamaan

Tanvi Mallya, of Tanvi Mallya’s Elder Care

Tanvi Mallya’s ElderCare Services provides At-Home Mental Health Care services for the elderly. They offer regular At-Home visits by Psychologists for the elderly aimed at keeping them mentally fit and active. The visits are aimed at providing intellectual companionship (through games, hobbies, conversations) to elderly who are lonely and need mental stimulation.

They also work with elderly who are neurodegenerating and have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s/any form of Dementia/Parkinson’s/had a stroke/Depression. The visits help the elderly rediscover past hobbies, re-build their confidence and give them a sense of purpose. Regular reports to the family help them stay updated about their beloved elderly. Visits also help maintain and achieve a plateau in degeneration and help keep the elderly at optimum level mentally for as long as possible.

Research has shown most families (and even the elderly themselves) would prefer to have their elderly cared for in their own homes when they travel/work rather than sending them to a carehome/facility. Intellectual Companionship and mental-health services are therefore something that become crucial in maintain the quality of life of these elderly. Tanvi Mallya’s Elder Care is making a difference in this fast growing market.

You can follow her at @theothermallya

Malini Gowrishankar, F5Escapes

In Malini’s own words, this is how she defines her mission and work –

My purpose in life is to make India an amazing place for women to travel. That the mission of F5 Escapes, my 4+ years old travel company. So far, we have enabled over 1000 women take the plunge and travel, conducted over 25 community meetups in the name of #JustGo across 6 cities in India, enabled several women open on tabooed topics which aren’t spoken about otherwise, in the name of #RendezvousWithF5, helped women upskill themselves and stay confident on the road with our Motrobiking lessons. We have even counseled families to happily accept the woman’s decision to travel by herself.  My dream India is a place where women from across the world would freely travel, without inhibitions, fear or stigma whatsoever.

More women are travelling than ever before, and f5Escapes is also using social media in innovative ways to build and grow this community.

You can follow her work at @f5escapes

Vandana Ramanathan, WSquare

WSquare is a collaborative workspace that provides a Working Desk for Women who are looking for an alternative to working from home with all amenities that include Wi-Fi, Conference Room, Power Backup, Security, Creche Services, Concierge Services, Workshops and more.

Vandhana Ramanathan’s mission is not just to offer a space for women to get back to work, but also a marketplace to encourage home-based women entrepreneurs to showcase their products, sell and network with other entrepreneurs. Her latest venture, W-INcubate provides women-led startups with facilities ranging from incorporating a company, marketing their products, investment opportunities and more.

Besides being a co-working space, WSquare also offers women other benefits such as:

  • Creating a women-focused Big Data platform to implement a Deep Learning algorithm that connects women with industries, based on their requirements of working flexi-time/home-based/full-time opportunities and
  • Collaborating with networking communities to build a resourceful women-only platform, which can be widely used for building networks, finding potential investors, attend inspirational workshops and meaningful connections with like-minded women.

She plans to expand to all the metropolitan cities in India mainly Bengaluru, Mumbai, Pune and Hyderabad with 100+ Work Near Home workspaces to empower women with opportunities and encourage them to go the next level.

You can follow her work at @wsquare_work Aug 1

Arti Poddar, Mulberry Life

At a time when most people think of retiring, Arti Poddar started her career as an entrepreneur! Based out of Ranchi but sold globally, her brand Mulberry lifestyle is into making Mandarin Collar Jackets more popularly known as the Nehru Jacket in India.

From being an housewife, Arti started up her own business when she turned 60. From making the first Jacket in August 2014, to making Jackets and selling across globe through her online store, from selling in retail stores in India to launching her collection in Dubai, she has come a long way. She is now setting a distribution network in the Middle East.

Arti started with an investment of Rs. 50000/- and today she had self funded the business with Rs. 5 million, created a state of art workshop and manufactures approximately 1000 Jackets a month.

You can follow her work at @mulberrylife

Congratulations to all the winners from Women’s Web.

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