A Look at Successful Ventures by Friends


This International Friendship Day (August 1), sheatwork celebrates friendship by presenting some women entrepreneurs whose friendship led them to success.

National Friendship Day occurs every year on the first Sunday of August, and this year it falls on August 1, 2021. Basically, this day celebrates the beauty of the relationship between friends.

Friendship Day is celebrated across several countries. It was first proposed in Paraguay in 1958 as International Friendship Day. In India, however, it is usually celebrated on the first Sunday of the month of August.

Presenting some women entrepreneurs who tied with friends to start their business ventures:

•         Asha Lalwani and Juhi Bansal founded Working Moms of Ahmedabad (WMOA)

After having met at a skating class, where both their daughters were enrolled during their vacations, they connected over parenting and more, and struck up a close friendship. This further led to them aspiring to do business together and they set up Working Moms of Ahmedabad (WMOA), aiming to unite and empower working mothers and facilitate friendships. WMOA organises monthly meetups. Not to mention, they cherish their friendship and the passion they shared to challenge themselves to actually achieve a huge task successfully.

•         Divya Gokulnath and Byju Raveendran: Co-founder BYJU’S

Divya Gokulnath co-founded Byju’s an educational platform which aimed at helping students learn better. The story of how she co-founded the setup is interesting. After completing her engineering degree from RV College and when she was preparing for her GRE to continue her studies abroad, was when she joined Byju Raveendran’s classes as his student. Soon destiny stepped in and she climbed up to become a teacher at Byju’s and then got married to him. When it was time to launch the platform, Byjus chose her to partner with. Today, BYJU’s is the most valuable ed-tech company in the world.

•         Shivani Poddar and Tanvi Malik, Co-founders, FabAlley and Indya

Shivani Poddar is a serial entrepreneur with Tanvi Malik. When Tanvi Malik entered the fashion eCommerce business in India with ventures like FabAlley and India, she chose to partner with her childhood friend Shivani Poddar. The business was started with the aim to make fashion trends affordable in India. Together, both these women have four brands – apart from FabAlley and Indya, they also have Zyra and a fashion jewellery brands.

•         Farah Nathani Menzies and Shreya Lamba, Co-Founders, The Mumum Co

Farah Nathani Menzies co-founded The Mumum Co. with her partner Shreya Lamba. This startup focused on helping people get the right nutrition and build a healthier life. Interestingly, the origin of this business started when Shreya was on her pregnancy break and she wanted her child to have healthy, real and yet, fun food. That’s when she, along with her co-founder realised that parents have a very limited amount of options to choose from. This led to the creation of The Mumum Co, which works on making food healthy and more fun. Interestingly, the brand name came from the word that children use for food!

•         Khushboo Jain: Co-Founders, ImpactGuru.com

Khushboo Jain and Piyush Jain, co-founded ImpactGuru and forged ahead into the entrepreneurial scene. The mission decided was – to help India’s crowdfunding startup scenario. She works as the COO of the company and leads the marketing arm, communication and design teams, while Piyush is the CEO. The crowdfunding platform continues to change the lives of people through timely healthcare assistance.

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