6 WOMEN MAKERS DOING INDIA PROUD
1SULAKSHA SHETTY, TIFFINS & THOTS
Sulaksha Shetty realized there was a need to address the rising demand for home-cooked, healthy meals in metropolitan cities across the country. But she decided to do it with a twist, ensuring inclusive growth at the core of her business. Tiffins & Thots creates small units of women, from less privileged sections of society, and empowers them to cater to 20-25 customers through a hub-and- spoke model. This model enables localized distribution, and has the benefits of a single-brand platform, including standardized training, logistics support and a centralized approach.
2UPASANA MAKATI, WHITE PRINT
There is a need to empower the visually impaired. Upasana Makati realized a powerful tool would be increased awareness of braille literacy. White Print, India’s first lifestyle magazine in Braille English launched in 2013, is persistently working towards the creation of more learning aids and resources for the community. The 64-page monthly publication in Braille has columns on culture, art, technology, food, music and politics. Readers too can write. Powering her efforts is corporate and Government support. This way she aims to create a more inclusive environment in the social and civic lives of the non- sighted in India.

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3NAIYYA SAGGI, BABYCHAKRA
A ‘Made-in- India, Made-for- India’ solution, BabyChakra leverages technology to create a personalized companion for young Indian parents in a meaningful way. BabyChakra is creating a ‘one-stop shop’ destination that will connect parents, service providers, brands, experts and others in the maternity-child care community. The online market place has already tied up with 1500 Indian and international brands across categories, from baby food to apparel.

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4NEHA SATAK, ASTROME

Neha Satak wants to shake up the availability of internet in India and across the developing world, in homes and businesses in rural and urban areas alike. And she knows just how to do it! Satak set up Astrome Tech, which she says, “plans to provide broadband internet service using a constellation of satellites in low earth orbit with our patented MM wave technology” by 2020. Currently, Astrome is focusing on building its high-speed technology, after which it will begin launching a series of satellites, which in turn will provide said location- independent high-speed DTH connection.

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5SAUMYA, KHEYTI
Founded in 2015, Kheyti is a social enterprise on a mission to give smallholder farmers income certainty through the ‘Greenhouse-in- a-Box’, an affordable, modular greenhouse integrated with services. Designed for smaller scale farmers, the GIB fits in 2% of their land, protects crops from environmental risks and grows 7x more food using 90% less water.

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6ANUPAMA MALIK, VIZARA TECHNOLOGIES
Vizara Technologies is a blast from the past. This startup looks at preserving India’s rich heritage via immersive, interactive and intelligent experiences around historic sites, harnessing state-of- the-art technology like Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, Artificial Intelligence and 3D printing. The overarching aim is to make these heritage sites accessible to people in the digital space.

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