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Here are the women who lead India’s billion dollar startups

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  • Out of the 44 Indian startups that turned unicorns last year, four of them were led by women.
  • Four-female led companies have already entered the unicorn club in the first two months of 2022.
  • A unicorn, in startup parlance, is a private firm valued at or over a billion dollars.

Out of the 44 Indian startups that turned unicorns last year, four of them were led by women. The number does seem low at first, but it is definitely higher than two companies that made it to the list in 2020.

To make this even better, four-female led companies have already entered the unicorn club in the first two months of 2022. The list includes Ghazal Alagh’s Mamaearth, Rajoshi Ghosh’s Hasura, Smita Seorah’s LEAD School and Dr Garima Sawhney’s Pristyn Care. A unicorn, in startup parlance, is a private firm valued at or over a billion dollars.

“We can look at it as a glass half empty or glass half full. There are now more women entrepreneurs in the startup space than ever before. When I started off as a tech entrepreneur in 2009, we could be counted on one hand. Now there are founders — Falguni Nayar of Nykaa and Upasana Taku of Mobikwik who are at the helm of taking their companies public with many lining up. The reason for the delay in women reaching the mark at the same pace as men is because they started slightly later”- Anisha Singh, founding partner at She Capital, had previously told Business Insider India.

Here is the list of women-led startups valued over a billion dollars [The list does not include Falguni Nayar of Nykaa, which turned unicorn in 2020, as the entity is now publicly listed.]

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