Popping The Gender Barrier: POPxo CEO Priyanka Gill

Priyanka Gill

The subject of gender equality has always been a dicey affair. The notion that women are underqualified in business only fuels the existing evils of the industrial world. But one woman has risen to combat these inequalities; Priyanka Gill.

Priyanka Gill was born on 2 June 1980 in Punjab. She graduated in English Literature from Lady Shri Ram College in New Delhi. In 2001, a now married Priyanka moved to London and started her career as a freelance writer. She also dabbled in hosting charity and art events and investing in early-stage companies. She also worked as a journalist, collaborating with brands such as The Independent, The Guardian, Vogue India, and more. 

Her love for writing spread into entrepreneurial endeavors as she began her blog Estylista, which was later renamed POPxo. Priyanka Gill decided to move back to India to launch POPxo as a safe and engaging community helping Indian women lead their lives. 

The Success of POPxo

The pre-series A funding led by Rajan Anandan and Mithul Sacheti saw Priyanka raising three crores for her brand. An additional $2 million were raised in a Series A round. In another round of funding led by South Korea’s Neoplux and Chinese mobile company OPPO, POPxo raised $3.1 million and $5.5 million.

In 2017, Priyanka Gill launched Plixxo, which nurtured India’s first generation of influencers. 

In 2020, POPxo-Plixxo merged with My Glamm – India’s leading beauty conglomerate. In September 2021, with the formation of Good Glamm Group, which is a house of brands aiming to bring fast-growing beauty and personal care companies, Priyanka Gill became the Co-founder. With a vision to become the ‘Digital CPG Conglomerate of the Future, the Good Glamm Group has earmarked USD 100 million to scale, acquire, and build brands that millions of users will love.

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Priyanka Gill is also a collector and investor in modern Indian art. She supports Indian art by hosting art soirees and receptions. 

Having achieved all this, Priyanka still did not stop learning and decided to pursue an Executive MBA at Columbia and London Business School.

Awards and Recognition:

  • BW 40 under 40
  • Young Woman Entrepreneur of the year at Conclave 
  • Nominated for The Economic Times Startup Awards
  • Technology Leaders, Impact

Charitable Endeavors:

Over the years, Priyanka has been actively involved with several charities. In 2009 & 2010, she was the co-chair of the Pratham Gala, raising over GBP 3 Million for the charity. 

  • In 2011, as co-chairs of the Hare Ball, Michael Van Clarke and she raised GBP 300,000 for Great Ormond Street Hospital. 
  • In 2014, she was the co-chair for the Akshaya Patra Gala. 
  • From 2017 to 2019, she was an advisory board member for the Savitri Waney Trust. 
  • She was a patron of the British Asian Trust. 
  • She has hosted several events at Missoni and Fendi to raise funds for charitable causes.

Counted among successful women entrepreneurs of India, Priyanka Gill’s journey is nothing short of a roller coaster ride. 
In an article titled “The Journey Of A Woman Entrepreneur”, she wrote, “My entrepreneurship journey is not defined by my sex. This is not to belittle the many, often insidious and dangerous forms of discrimination women face regularly. Things have to change. They only change if we all show up and carry on undaunted, and when the discussion becomes about accomplishment, instead of simply gender”.

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