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Women Entrepreneurs: Tough Gets Going
During the recent budget announcement, interim finance minister Piyush Goyal announced that India has become the second-largest hub of startups globally. Although it is a matter of pride, a gender imbalance scenario here takes away the joy. India currently houses around 39000 startups but less than 10 per cent of these have founders as women. Reports over time have revealed that there is gender inequality within the areas of science, technology, engineering, and medicine (STEM). While women have been entering STEM fields in increasing numbers, there still remain large disparities in specific sub-fields. Against all odds, many women have started their own ventures in the field of life sciences and related healthcare sectors. BioSpectrum has compiled profiles of 26 such achievers who have successfully developed startups in the above mentioned fields in the past 6 years.