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A new era

The remarkable success of Agapi Sikkim, a sustainable skincare brand founded by two Sikkimese women has not only propelled the company to a $1 million valuation but also ignited a beacon of hope for women entrepreneurs in the state of Sikkim. Agapi's story is a testament to the immense potential that lies within Sikkim's women, their entrepreneurial spirit, and their ability to create world-class products that are not only environmentally conscious but also empower marginalized indigenous women.

Agapi's journey to success began with a simple yet profound vision: to showcase Sikkim's untapped natural treasures to the world. Founded by Rinzing Choden Bhutia and Varsha Shrestha, Agapi's handcrafted skincare line, featuring locally-sourced Himalayan ingredients, has set a new global standard for eco-conscious skincare. With this recent equity infusion from prominent investors, marking the first FDI in a women-led startup in Sikkim, Agapi is poised to further enhance its product range and accelerate its growth trajectory towards becoming one of India's top natural skincare brands.

Agapi's success is not merely a commercial triumph; it is a powerful symbol of the transformative potential of women entrepreneurship in Sikkim. Agapi’s story serves as an inspiration to aspiring women entrepreneurs across the state, demonstrating that with determination, innovation, and a commitment to sustainability, they can not only achieve success but also make a positive impact on their communities and the environment.

This achievement also marks a pivotal moment in reshaping perceptions of women entrepreneurs from indigenous communities in the startup investment landscape. This infusion of capital into a women-led startup in Sikkim sends a strong message to investors that women entrepreneurs are a force to be reckoned with, and their ventures deserve recognition and support.

The success of Agapi Sikkim is a clarion call to action for both the government and private sector to further nurture and support the growth of women entrepreneurship in Sikkim. Targeted initiatives, such as access to finance, mentorship programs, and skill development workshops, can play a crucial role in empowering women to transform their business ideas into reality. Promoting awareness about the benefits of women entrepreneurship is essential to break down societal barriers and encourage more women to step into the entrepreneurial world. Success stories like Agapi's should be amplified to inspire and motivate aspiring women entrepreneurs.

As Agapi Sikkim continues its remarkable journey, it paves the way for a new era of investment and entrepreneurship in Sikkim, where women entrepreneurs are celebrated, supported, and empowered to become catalysts of economic growth and social change. Agapi's story is not just about a successful skincare brand; it is a story of hope, resilience, and the boundless potential of women entrepreneurs to shape a brighter future for Sikkim and beyond.

Sikkim at a Glance

  • Area: 7096 Sq Kms
  • Capital: Gangtok
  • Altitude: 5,840 ft
  • Population: 6.10 Lakhs
  • Topography: Hilly terrain elevation from 600 to over 28,509 ft above sea level
  • Climate:
  • Summer: Min- 13°C - Max 21°C
  • Winter: Min- 0.48°C - Max 13°C
  • Rainfall: 325 cms per annum
  • Language Spoken: Nepali, Bhutia, Lepcha, Tibetan, English, Hindi