the founders club
42 indian startups got the unicorn status in 2021 — from these, only 10% were women-led. yes, it’s getting better but we’ve still got a…
42 indian startups got the unicorn status in 2021 — from these, only 10% were women-led. yes, it’s getting better but we’ve still got a long way to go.
on leap.club, we have 650+ founders — these incredible women juggle their day jobs with side hustles, tradition with technology and social good with e-commerce and lift each other up, while they’re at it.
here’s a list of 25 of some of the most dynamic founders on leap.club, laying the foundation for brands & products of the future :
01 aakanksha bhargava — ceo at pmr
a business-travel blogger and mother, aakanksha is the ceo at pmrelocations, india’s fastest growing relocation business, which provides door-to-door relocation services world over. her mantra? the only limitations to our minds are the one’s we acknowledge.
02 aakanksha kapoor — co-founder, i say organic
ceo of i say organic, a delhi-based organic foods business, aakanksha is passionate about building the most trusted brand with aim of making organic food more accessible to consumers. she’s also equally passionate about providing access to better mental healthcare for children.
03 amrita samant — ceo, mommy shots
amrita is an international award winning photographer and pioneer in the maternity & child photography space in india. she conducts photography workshops across the country and also helps women entrepreneurs with better personal branding.
04 aneesha labroo — founder, kica active
aneesha is the founder of kica, an activewear brand for women. passionate about building a community, she believes in giving them the opportunity to stay healthy & fit by regular participation in sports & activities.
05 apeksha jain — founder, the gourmet jar
meet founder & chief confiturier of the gourmet jar, a premium food branding making all-natural (and finger licking) condiments. this accidental entrepreneur’s life mantra is to live, love, laugh, travel!
06 aruna chawla — founder, salad condoms
a consumer psychologist and founder of salad condoms, aruna is building india’s first vegan condom brand, which are fragrance-free and made of natural latex. her goal? a world where buying a condom is not a nightmare.
07 eela dubey — co-founder, edufund
this nyu grad is building edufund, india’s first 529 and dedicated investment advisory app for higher education. the edufund app gives parents an opportunity to build nest-eggs by investing in indian markets and abroad.
08 gauri nayar & reyna jagtiani — founders, twain communications
with almost 2 decades of experience in the luxury and lifestyle pr space, gauri & reyna founded twain communications, a full-service communications, pr and events firm, in 2014. together, they have worked with some of the biggest names in the world and are experts in sharing the stories of their clients in compelling ways.
09 gazal bawa — co-founder, idam store
gazal, along with her college friend nayanika, co-founded a print & surface design studio to fill the void of good, contemporary design in the indian market. when she’s not designing, you’ll find her floating in the vast expanse of the ocean and solving puzzles!
10 mallika tarkas parekh — founder, physique 57
mallika, a health care entrepreneur and mother of three (including twins!) is the founder and director of amp fitness, the exclusive licensee of physique 57 in mumbai. obsessed with evidence and science, she has a desire to fix what’s broken and bring awareness to all aspects of health and wellness.
11 mansi jasani — founder, the cheese collective
a cheesemaker, cheesemonger and founder of the cheese collective, which makes fresh cheeses and also curates them from cheesemakers across india. her ideal day involves copious amounts of cheese (surprise surprise), gin and the beetles.
12 meenal velani — founder, hiccup
meenal is the founder of hiccup, a menstrual cup company that seeks to make meaningful, intersectional and sustainable impact in the life of menstruators. this climate change activist also co-founded oddity, an independent advertising network to help msme’s and family businesses grow.
13 mitali tandon — founder, morning fresh
this forbes india 30 under 30 winner founded morning fresh, india’s first natural alcohol detox drink at the age of 23. she’s passionate about creating products that can help improve consumer health. ps. she’s also the founder of the secret gin society
14 nishka mehta — founder, art beat & paint bar bangalore
this bengaluru based self-taught artist is the founder of art beat and paint bar. she has hosted workshops for over 2,000+ people and painted (wait for it) over 52 murals to date!
15 pallavi pareek — founder, conduct & ungender
this change management professional turned entrepreneur with almost two decades of experience is the founder of conduct and ungender, a knowledge and consulting firm on posh compliance and d&i strategy. she believes that no problem is studied in isolation and there is a strong need for structural efficiency and scalable systems in our solutions for any real development to happen around us.
16 pearl agarwal — founder, eximius ventures
pearl is the founder and managing director of eximius ventures, a 10 million $ micro vc fund which enables startups in the pre-seed stage to build and scale their businesses. with 10 companies in her personal portfolio and a travel list of 30 countries, she believes it’s just the start.
17 ragini das — co-founder, leap.club
resident glass ceiling destroyer, ragini is the co-founder of leap.club, a community-led professional network for women. together with her co-founder anand, she aims to bridge the long seen disparity between
men and women in the workspace. always down for a big breakfast with tipples!
18 shikha mittal — founder, be artsy
shikha is the founder of india’s first financial literacy course and of be artsy india, a for-profit social awareness enterprise that leverages the power of art. with over 20+ years of experience, she saw an opportunity to make awareness programs a business instead of merely charity and has been lauded for her awareness programs across the country.
19 shubha lal — co-founder, your-space
this mckinsey and nomura alum is the co-founder & coo of your-space, a leading student housing brand that she started in 2016, after a 10 year stint in consulting.
20 snigdha manchanda — founder, tea trunk
this certified tea sommelier and tea taster is the founder of tea trunk, an online portal for indian handcrafted teas. snigha and her team craft unique tea blends with natural ingredients from teas sourced directly from farmers.
21 sonal singh — co-founder, fittr
this lse grad and ex miss asia-universe is the co-founder of fittr, a social network and consultation platform that helps people achieve their health and fitness goals. sonal has a background in consulting and business management and worked in london till 2016 before she moved closer home to build fittr.
22 sonali batra — co-founder, mi casa collective
sonali is the co-founder of mi casa collective, an e-commerce platform that brings together design and decor brands across india. she is also the director and curator of great banyan art, an online art gallery.
23 supriya paul — co-founder, josh talks
this forbes 30 under 30 winner is the co-founder of josh talks, the vernacular ted talk of india, an impact media platform, launched in 2015. their vision? to help audiences from tier ii and iii cities get access to proper role models, learn from them, and work on their own journey. we’re talking 100k paid users and 1 million+ app downloads!
24 vatsala sharma — co-founder, language curry
vatsala is the co-founder of language curry, a learning platform and regional app designed by the language experts to explore rich indian culture. in her words, she’s a mother of three : two human babies, and one humane app.
25 vidhi gupta — co-founder, zariin
vidhi, along with her sister and co-foudner mamta founded zariin, a handcrafted jewellery brand in 2010. fun fact : neither of them studied jewellery design, and are self-trained fashion entrepreneurs. vidhi’s the creative director and the design backbone of the label, which creates offbeat pieces that play on the natural textures of semi-precious stones.
want to connect with them and know more? join the waitlist at www.leap.club. members — head to the founders clubhouse on the app!