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After Bangalore, Delhi-NCR, Chennai, and Mumbai, women entrepreneurs in Hyderabad too are carving a space for themselves and making headlines.
Several major cities in India are witnessing a rise in women entrepreneurs. After Bangalore, Delhi-NCR, Chennai, and Mumbai, women entrepreneurs in Hyderabad too are carving a space for themselves and making headlines.
The Telangana government has gone all out in recent years to make the state a welcoming one for entrepreneurs. In fact, the government is also planning to come up with India’s first women entrepreneur park.
Here are 4 successful women entrepreneurs in Hyderabad, who are carving their own space in the healthcare, wellness, technology and real-estate industries.
Changing the future of the healthcare industry in India is Anu Acharya, Founder and CEO of MapMyGenome. Her molecular diagnostics company aims at making people proactive about their health by offering DNA testing and personal genetic services.
Anu’s entrepreneurial journey started in 2000 after she moved back to India on completion of her MIS from University of Illinois. She had initially founded Ocimum Bio Solutions, a company that helped scientists in their research. Her venture thrived well, however, Anu wanted to create something that could directly impact people. Thus, she founded MapMyGenome in 2013. As she already had 10+ years of experience in genomics research, she was confident that this technology could transform the health industry.
MapMyGenome’s primary service ‘Genomepatri’ analyzes an individual’s vulnerability to certain diseases, responses to certain drugs, and risks posed due to lifestyle and diet factors. It’s like a scientifically validated horoscope for health. Depending on your medical history, it helps you know yourself and build healthy habits. Her company has tied up with many hospitals, wellness centres, yoga centres and individual distributors.
For her work, Anu received the Young Global Leader Award by the World Economic Forum in 2011.
Making her mark in the wellness industry, Sindura Bora, founder Cleanse High, is helping people detox their bodies through her healing elixirs. The idea of detoxifying struck her when she fell ill in California while pursuing her engineering and had to take a course in antibiotics. As the antibiotics didn’t seem to work, her doctor introduced her to juice detoxifying. In the detox regime, Sindura gave up solid foods and drank a combination of fruits and vegetable for couple of days. She loved the effects it had on her and decided to introduce this concept to the Indian market.
After completing her education, she came back to India and founded Cleanse High in 2013. Within a span of two years, her company grew and gained supported from the Advisory board of 3 licensed nutritionists from San Francisco, Mumbai, and Hyderabad. Gaining popularity amongst the health conscious people from all walks of life, this woman entrepreneur in Hyderabad is revolutionizing the wellness industry. Her company home delivers a set of eight detox juices made of fruits, vegetables, nuts and superfoods to help with one-day or three-day detox plans. \
Carving her own space in the field of Technology, Vaishali Neotia, co-founder Merxius, is building products using Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality, Interactive and Web technologies. The virtual reality is a technology that transports you into a different world, giving an immersive experience by just strapping a headset.
Vaishali’s company’s biggest innovation is their product RealSim Editor, or RED which is being currently tested by the Indian Armed Forces to create a training module for engine maintenance. Vaishali had started her venture out of single room at her friend’s house and had faced many challenges initially. Her business wasn’t taken seriously at the beginning rather it was considered a fancy tech experiment of college students. Not having money and funds was the another challenge.
Now, her venture has received many awards and accolades and is in talks with the investors to raise $2 million to accelerate the adoption of RED. Further, she is also planning to file two patents for RED, which would make Merxius, the first Indian company to file a patent in this arena.
Believing that co-working spaces can be the future work culture, Monika Misra, among the noted women entrepreneurs in Hyderabad provides flexi-lease co-working spaces to start-ups, businesses, and freelancers, through her venture Ikeva. Not merely a co-working space, Ikeva aims at creating a complete ecosystem by offering its members list of service providers like CAs, lawyers, recruiters, HR consultants, UI designers, software developers, and more.
Monika’s venture now has 6 centers in 5 cities, with Mumbai and Gurugram being the latest addition. Prior to Ikeva, Monika worked at Servcorp, a premium Service Office provider as a Senior Manager and helped in setting up its business unit in India. She has also held Senior Management positions in hotel chains and has been pivotal in setting up small hospitality units across many metro cities. Her experience in Hospitality and Real Estate sector made her aware of the need of affordable and productive working spaces for small teams and she founded Ikeva in 2013. Monika’s business plan is rapidly being adopted across the country and she plans to grow 50-80 centers in the next 3-4 years.
I wish these women entrepreneurs in Hyderabad gain more success and inspire more lives around them.
More in this series:
4 gritty women entrepreneurs in Mumbai who are beating the odds
5 highly creative women entrepreneurs in Gurgaon who’ve made it big
Inspiring women entrepreneurs in Chennai whose stories you’ll love
Amazing women entrepreneurs of Bangalore to give us entrepreneurship goals
Women entrepreneurs in Pune who are not afraid to dream – queen size!
Lesser known women entrepreneurs in Kerala whose stories are so powerful
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The story of my mountain home Birdsong & Beyond started taking shape in 2009, on the internet, the way many stories do these days.
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Albeit, the popular culture has interpreted scriptures as suggesting that Kanyadaan is the supreme form of donation given to someone, the connotation that the word donation alludes to definitely objectifies the girl.
Even when the exegesis justify the act of giving away the daughter, considering it a ritual to mark the initiation of the daughter into her husband’s gotra and her becoming the part of his family tree.
There is no denial of the fact that this initiation is not required on the part of the groom thereby formally denoting the end of the filial ties with the daughter as it was popularly instructed to the bride during the Vidai ceremonies:
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