Kanika Tekriwal

Founder, JetSetGo

Kanika Tekriwal CEO and Co-founder of JetSetGo has bagged the “Women Transforming India- Breaking the Glass Ceiling” Awards 2017, launched by NITI Aayog, in partnership with United Nations in India and MyGov.

And she rightfully deserves the award. This cancer-survivor businesswoman under the age of 30 is pushing boundaries and breaking barriers for women in India and taking over the skies.

The Bhopal-native introduced what is dubbed as the “Uber of the Indian skies” as JetSetGo offers chartered planes and helicopters across the country for personal transportation among business executives going to the hinterlands to check on factories, to politicians making several pit-stops during and after elections, to tourists seeking adventures in India.

The UK-educated Tekriwal established the firm in 2014 and from small revenue of $64,200 in 2015, she grew its earnings to $3.2 million in 2016 and projections for this year could reach $17 million as India's appetite for convenient travelling soars.

JetSetGo has 16 aircraft—with capacity for seven to 18 seats—making it the biggest personal aircraft charter company in India.

Tekriwal's Dubai-based co-founder Sudheer Perla, who has an MBA from the University of Oxford, takes care of the company's strategy, new aircraft acquisitions and fundraising.