Women Entrepreneurs

Vennila B. N. – Startupwala.com

1. Tell us about yourself and your venture.

I am Vennila,  a qualified Lawyer and Corporate Attorney. I am Partner and Director of BMC Group and Startupwala, India’s No. 1 online legal services platform. 

Also, I am a mother of two beautiful kids.

2. What does it take to be a women entrepreneur?

Confidence in ourselves and building trust among peers and customers that you are passionate and sincere about your work commitments. 

3. What have been your accomplishments as an entrepreneur?

As an entrepreneur, I have witnessed the roller coaster ride of building and managing Startupwala.

Startupwala has helped in setting up of over 12K startup companies and 38K brands all across the length and breadth of India, starting from Kargil to Kanyakumari and Bhuj in Gujarat to Tinsukia in Assam.

Startupwala is India’s largest Trademark filing company and I am the Trademark Attorney for more than 38K brand names.

4. What were the challenges when you set out to establish your entrepreneurial venture?

Whether it is a man or a woman, entrepreneurship is a challenging as well as an exciting endeavor. So, the challenges for both remains the same except for the woman the struggle is to be taken seriously by the society, build a support system and balancing work and family life.

5. Please throw light on the challenges that you faced in your journey

For me, I started my entrepreneurial journey together with my Husband. Initially every day was a new experience as I had to create a fine balance between my role as a wife and as an entrepreneur, so that priorities of ours don’t clash with each other. We both are very well aware of our priorities in business as well as in family. Bringing this balance was a great challenge that I faced and somewhat successfully overcome.

Second biggest challenge is the responsibility that comes with being a mother which is and ongoing one and building support system is the key.

6. Is there any hardships or challenges that you feel is more for women entrepreneurs than their counterparts?

  1. Women entrepreneurs fails to judge their own capabilities. Many go overboard on taking up too many things too early or restricting themselves from exploring new opportunities.
  2. Priority clashes and social pressure on woman is high.

7. Who do you consider as your role model and why?

My husband Mr. Bala Nadar (Founder CEO, Startupwala), who always had believed in my abilities and taught me to think big.

8. What according to you is the requisite qualifications to become women entrepreneurs?

Following are the few important things to be considered:

  1. Firstly, women entrepreneurs shall be able to find their area of interest
  2. Identify niche wherein a viable business can be built.
  3. Planning each aspect of personal and work life.
  4. Self-confidence and self-motivation that you can do it.

9. How do you strike a balance between home and career?

Women are multi-tasking.  They can balance well between the various facets of their lives. 

Following are few ways on how i strike balance between home and career:

  • Very clear about my priorities so it naturally reduces stress.
  • Find ways that keep me calm and happy at work (e.g. go out with family and spend some time with them on weekends) and follow this routinely.
  • Draw line between my work and family and make time for myself.
  • Let go small things that come in between my work and family. I always keep family first when there is a overlapping situation.

10. What would you like to say to the budding women entrepreneurs or those who want to become entrepreneurs?

  1. Think big and dream big.
  2. Plan your priorities so that you are stress free.
  3. Don’t judge yourself.
  4. Build trust among your peers and society.
  5. Build a support system.
  6. Believe in yourself and your capabilities.
  7. Take step to achieve your dream no matter whatever may be the challenges and hardships to accomplish them.

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