Is India ready for more women-founded unicorns?
In 2012, when investment banker-turned entrepreneur Falguni Nayar decided to launch, little did she know the long-lasting impact her venture would have on the Indian startup ecosystem.
Eight years later, Nykaa became the first solo woman-founded startup in India to enter the coveted unicorn club. Incidentally, India’s 100th—and latest—unicorn Open has two woman co-founders (alongside two male co-founders).
Last year, Nykaa also became the first profitable unicorn to go public, a company led by a solo woman entrepreneur. Yet, woman entrepreneurs seem to have a long way to go when it comes to impacting the boys’ club that is the Indian startup ecosystem.
To be fair, India now has 15 unicorns that have at least one woman in the founding team. Interestingly, Nykaa remains the only one with a solo woman founder to have achieved this milestone. The other 14 have at least one or more male co-founders as well.
In fact, this year saw five startups—, , Amagi, , and —with at least one woman co-founder enter the unicorn club. This is one-third of the total 15 unicorns that emerged in 2022 so far, the highest ever.
However, this still means that only 15 percent of India’s 100 unicorns have at least one woman founder. So, has the needle really moved? Read more.
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News & Updates
- Life Insurance Corporation of India's mega IPO was oversubscribed nearly 3X on the last and final day of its offer. The State-owned insurance company received applications for around 473.5 million shares, as per the latest update.
- One97 Communications, which owns 3.97 million stock options to its employees, at an exercise price of Rs 9 apiece. At Rs 556 per share, Paytm's closing price on Monday, the value of the new grant equals Rs 220.7 crore. , has granted
- OYO has concluded the acquisition of Europe-based company ‘Direct Booker’, which has over 3,200 homes and has serviced two million customers so far. The transaction values Direct Booker at around $5.5 million.
- Global co-working giant WeWork's Indian subsidiary claims it has become profitable for the first time in the January-March quarter of this year. CEO Karan Virwani said the company had an EBITDA of Rs 25 crore on revenue of Rs 250 crore.
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