WESA 2023: Top Women Entrepreneurs Breaking The Glass Ceiling

The platform rightly included the ever-relevant Technology category, along with Young Woman Entrepreneur of the Year (Below 30) and Startup Women Entrepreneur amongst its many categories

Women's participation in the startup ecosystem has long been a pressing issue. Similar to other industries, the Indian startup landscape requires a boost to encourage more women to pursue entrepreneurship as a career. According to a Nasscom report, 18 per cent of companies in India's startup ecosystem have at least one female founder or co-founder. 

It is truly encouraging to witness the increasing involvement of women in this space, as year after year, reports indicate their growing interest in entrepreneurship. To honour the journey of women entrepreneurs who have established successful enterprises and motivated others, BW is organised the 5th edition of WESA in 2023.

The Initiative

The Women Entrepreneur Awards, now in its fifth edition, aim to recognise and celebrate women leaders making strides across various industries. This year's categories spanned Creative Women Entrepreneur, Education and Edtech, Fashion and Lifestyle, Fintech, and more. The platform rightly included the ever-relevant Technology category, along with Young Woman Entrepreneur of the Year (Below 30) and Startup Women Entrepreneur. Additionally, BW Disrupt introduced Health, Wellness, and Healthtech Award, as well as the Social Impact Women Entrepreneur Award, witnessing substantial participation.

The Process

More than 100 entries were received which were then brought down to over 55 after the first screening round. Subsequently, after the second level of deliberation, they were invited to be present before the power-packed jury panel. Nominations received for BW Disrupt WESA were put through a multi-tier screening and shortlisting procedure.

The Jury

The esteemed jury panel included Rema Subramanian, Co-founder and Managing Partner, Ankur Capital; Bhuvana Ravi, Director, Drishya Education; Meghna Agarwal, Co-founder, Indiqube; Vaishali Sinha Nigam, Co-founder and Chairperson Sustainability ReNew and Chirag Shah, Senior Vice President, Blacksoil.


Best Entrepeneur In AgritechRithika AgnishwarCo-founderGaurda Aerospace
Best Creative EntrepreneurTanisha FagwaniCo-founderStonks Studios
Nikita PrasadCo-founder & Creative headGIVA Jewellery
Best Entrepreneur In Ecommerce TechSoumya KantCo-founder & Chief Growth OfficerClovia
Best Entrepreneur In Fashion & lifestyleVani Talwar KhoslaCo FounderTidy Up
Best Entrepreneur In Health & WellnessLalitha PalleFounder, DirectorForMen
Best Social EntrepreneurAnupama KatkarChief of operational excellenceQuick Heal Technologies
Best Entrepreneur Under 30Aakriti RawalCo-Founder & CEOHouse of Chikankari
Hinshara HabeebCo- FounderManetain Store
Startup women entrepreneur awardPriyanka SalotCo-founderThe Sleep Company
Aakriti RawalCo-Founder & CEOHouse Of Chikankari
Santhoshi Sushma BuddhirajuCEO/Director/Co-FounderAutocracy Machinery
Gunjan Taneja Founder, Head of Marketing & ProductUClean
Smiti Bhatt DeorahCo-Founder & COOAdvantage Club
Best Entrepreneur In TechnologyRithika AgnishwarCo-founderGaurda Aerospace
Smiti Bhatt DeorahCo-Founder & COOAdvantage Club
Anubha DixitFounder & CEOTongadive
Women Entrepreneur Of The YearRadha BasuFounder & CEOiMerit
Anshu ParmarCOOErisha E Mobility
Shivani MalikFounder and CEOMother's Kitchen 
Best Entrepreneur In (EPC) Engineering Procurement Construction (EPC)Smita TiwariCo-FounderArticlad
Best Entrepreneur In Commercial Real EstatePriyanka RathoreCo-FounderStrata
Best Entrepreneur In SustainabilityPriya prakashManaging DirectorEco Pallet
Pallavi UtagiCEO and FounderUNO | SuperBottoms

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