#SG Women Leaders Month 2019

May 25, 2019, 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM


91springboard BKC, 1st Floor, Kagalwala House, Behind Shaman Wheels (Mercedes Showroom) Santacruz East., Mumbai, 400098

For the very first time in StartupGrind Mumbai's history, we have curated an entire afternoon and evening moderated by women entrepreneurs, featuring leaders from Health, Marketing, Technology, Media, Social Entrepreneurship, Philanthropy, Education, Sustainable Fashion, Plant based nutrition Superfoods. We are celebrating this day dedicated to an all women line up open to inspire all individuals.

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About this event

For the very first time in StartupGrind Mumbai's history, we have curated an entire afternoon and evening moderated by women entrepreneurs with an all women superstar line up.

This event would not have been possible without the support from our partners Helm of Eight, empoWer (Zone Startups India), 91springboard, Shortlist and Done & Done Consulting.

Featuring founders and leaders from Health, Marketing, Technology, Media, Social Entrepreneurship, Angel Investing, Philanthropy, Education, Sustainable Fashion, Plant based nutrition Superfoods, etc.

We are celebrating this day dedicated to an all women line up open to inspire all individuals. The day will see us hosting 9 speakers, 3 moderators in a Fireside chat, 2 panels and a conversation between the author Dr. Swati Lodha with the subject of her recent book "Who is Revathi Roy?"

About #SGWomen Leaders Month

To kick-start this season we at Startup Grind dedicate a Women Leadership Month every year in the month of May. #SGWomen Leaders Month -  proudly recognising the accomplishments of successful women leaders all over the world. These women are founders, venture capitalists, engineers, executives and more, who represent our community. They are the women who exemplify profound leadership skills, hard-work, humility, and success and demonstrate their strength with devotion to the work they do everyday. They encourage and inspire us all!

Startup Grind’s #SGWomen launched five years ago and is about putting a heightened focus and an awareness on our everyday mission to create more inclusive communities. Never has Startup Grind’s mission been more potent than in the realm of entrepreneurship, startups, business, and representing women everywhere in the startup ecosystem.

Purpose of the event.

One purpose of our May events is to tell the stories of the journey, the grind, and the setbacks of great female leaders. It is important that we recognise, listen to and encourage these women as we work toward building a more inclusive ecosystem. Anyone and everyone who believes in our mission to work toward change  --  men and women alike  --  should come out to our event in May!!!

We wish to draw in a wide participation from the entrepreneur and startup ecosystem, discussing themes related gender, identity, patriarchy, team building, inclusivity, leadership and organisational challenges, support availability, mentoring, fund raising, etc.

#SG Women Leaders Month 2019 (Panel Discussion #1)

The moderator for the evening:

Rachita Vora is Co-founder and Director, India Development Review (IDR), the country's largest nonprofit media platform for the social sector. Rachita oversees content strategy, audience growth, institutional partnerships and brand at IDR.

Before IDR, Rachita led the Dasra Girl Alliance, a Rs. 250 crore multi-stakeholder platform that sought to empower adolescent girls in India. She has over a decade of experience, and has worked in the areas of financial inclusion, public health and CSR. She has led functions across strategy, business development, communications and partnerships, and her writing has been featured in the Guardian, Stanford Social Innovation Review, Next Billion and Alliance Magazine.

Rachita has an MBA from Judge Business School at Cambridge University and a BA in History from Yale University.


1) Sweta Mangal, co-founder MUrgency (Winner of 2016 Startup of the year at Startup Grind Global Conference, her startup later on went on to get investment from Ratan Tata himself) 

Business, Healthcare and Philanthropy run parallel with the concept of entrepreneurship in Sweta Mangal's purview. The idea is to be assure collateral ventures that benefit the society as well as create a traction for successful business models. With that in context, Sweta Mangal's work has set an example in the industry for future pioneers looking to excel as entrepreneurs and business leaders.

Sweta Mangal( http://swetamangal.in/) has served as the co-founder and former CEO of Ziqitza Health Care Limited (ZHL), one of the India’s leading emergency medical services providers, operating more than 3500 advanced and basic life support ambulances across 18 states in India. The service reached over 8 million patients since its launch.

In a successful career spanning several years, Sweta Mangal has established herself as one of the leading entrepreneurs in the country. She is credited with an MBA from Rochester Institute of Technology, USA. She also has a rich professional experience of working with the top corporates in India, including ZEE TV group, Tata AIG life Insurance, Marico Industries. At present, Sweta Mangal is the Director, MUrgency – one global emergency medical response and Gobal advisor EYQ of Ernst & Young.

2) Chandni Jafri is a triple bottomline advocate, angel investor, startup evangelist, advisor, mentor, Business Head and theatre producer and actor.

She is the former Chief Executive Officer of Mumbai Angels Network, India's leading angel investing & mentoring platform, and the founder of SLSV http://soundnlight.in/, which is a Sustainability Investment, Media and Ecommerce platform.

Its current offering is EarthCraftShop, a plant based nutrition Superfood line and Blinkhearts, the social cause currency app.

As a member of Indo-Canadina Business chamber, she focuses on mutually beneficial investment, trade and alliance opportunities in the Indo-Canada corridor.

With an MBA from NMIMS, Mumbai, the key mandate in her more than two decade professional experience has been to kick start projects/divisions/startups/ media enterprises. Her core skill areas are business strategy, sales, marketing, research and brand building. She has been part of the founding team and the Business Head of the VCCircle Network, VJive Networks, Gettyimages India, Web 18, CNBC-TV18 and Madison World.

Chandni is a Buddhist and a Reiki Grand Master. She played Badminton at the professional circuit and was the UP State Badminton Women's Doubles & Mixed Doubles champion, 1991-1992.

3) Akanksha Kaila Akashi

Founder, REFASH

REFASH (http://refash.in) is a global platform featuring designers, brands and creative artisans who are creating new products out of waste. REFASH is not just a brand, it’s a movement - a movement of changing consumption habits, a movement of re-loving our own waste. Akanksha, a design student from the University of the Arts, London, hopes to create a change in the mindset of consumers by converting their trash into treasure, one piece at a time.

Other Women Leader profiles:

1) Sneha Punwani - Sneha brings in diverse experience across various functions in the Startup Ecosystem and Investment Banking industry (Business Development, Investments and Financial Analysis). Prior joining Zone Startups India, Sneha managed the Global Entrepreneur Dealflow at Cross Border Angels & Experts (part of Scaale Group). Sneha played a key role in partnering with ecosystem partners such as Trade Commission offices, Accelerators, Incubators, Corporates & Innovators globally. 

2) Mridvika Raisinghani is Managing Director for India at Shortlist, a recruiting technology platform matches growing companies in India and East Africa to the top skilled talent that they need to grow. She has 13 years of professional experience across technology services, consulting, non-profit, and ed-tech companies.

3) Dr. Swati Lodha CEO and Co-Founder, Publishing Infinity, a boutique non-fiction publishing house launched in Mumbai. An Author, Trainer and Coach. Her venture "LIFE LEMONADE" offers Corporate Training Workshops across India

4) Revathi Roy, CEO and founder of an all women logistics company HEY DEEDEE, where the riders and drivers are all women. Revathi is a celebrated social Entrepreneur having worked in the field of Women's Empowerment and Workforce Participation, since 2007. Her aim and mission is to transform the lives of women across social strata.

5) Khrisha Shah, CEO & Co-Founder at Dysco, a professional networking platform and community catering to new age entrepreneurs, agencies, startups and freelancers. A passionate writer and a social media enthusiast, communicating the brand identity via digital marketing and content creation falls favourably within her realm. Khrisha oversees all strategy, logic and rationale of the platform, and also tries to channel the causes she cares about into Dysco's initiatives - be it environmental conservation, equal rights or community building.

6) Srishti Rishi is a 27 year old who has started her own company called BuzzTiger - a marketing firm that caters to your every need. She is a fitness freak and a marathoner, she is also an enthusiastic hiker, level 2 kite surfer and prefers the midfield position when it comes to playing football.

7) Nilima Bhat, Founder Director: Shakti Fellowship, Co-author of Shakti Leadership: Embracing Feminine and Masculine Power in Business, Nilima Bhat is a visionary, speaker, facilitator and coach for Conscious Leadership, Diversity & Inclusion and Integral Health. She is currently focused on building The Shakti Fellowship: a global network of women change agents and social innovators who collaborate to create peace, prosperity, and beauty through the exchange of multiple forms of capital.

8) Rakhee Chhabria, Founder - TeachersHelpTeachers, started her journey as a creative and enthusiastic Educational Professional having over 18 years of experience for Pre- primary and Special Education. Being an Educator Mother, and knowing the problems faced by teaching professionals, she began pursuing her passion of getting all educators together on one common platform called TeachersHelpTeachers (THT) to evolve Education and help Educators derive support from one another. Today TeachersHelpTeachers has close to 8000 members across India.

For domestic modes of payment (Netbanking, Debit card) register here - https://helmofeight.com/events/sgwomen-leaders-month-2019/

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Check out what happened


  • Sweta Mangal



  • Chandni Jafri

    Sound and Light Social Ventures


  • Akanksha Kalia Akashi




  • Rachita Vora

    India Development Review

    co-founder, Director


Registrations, Networking & ice breaking
#SGWomen Panel Discussion #1- Social Impact through Business
Dr.Swati Lodha and Revathi Roy
#SGWomen Fireside Chat #1
#SGWomen Panel Discussion #2- The Journey of a female founder
Break for Offline Networking


  • Harsh Modi

    Startup Grind

    Chapter Director


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