Kanika Agarwal
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Kanika Agarwal

Making Her Way to Glory

Born and brought up in New Delhi, Kanika Agarwal has always dreamt of making it big ever since she was a kid, be it getting good grades, participating in extracurricular activities or having a deep desire to build a legacy. Her gusto for seizing opportunities has kept her going strong and this is manifested by her efforts to build an ecosystem of organizations that mirror the vibrant present and optimistic future of digital transformation and a better world.

After quitting her well-paying job in Singapore, Kanika Agarwal charted out a new path for herself to create something more valuable and noteworthy. Starting with determination, passion and a startup capital of SGD$10000, she embarked on a journey to find her new self without seeking any external funding. At the tender age of 25, she founded a completely bootstrapped company named Passion Peers in 2016 which is a rapidly growing digital transformation consultancy, agency and platforms solutions company, and she led it to a growth rate of 90% and SGD$2 million turnover in just two years of operations. Along the way, she also started two other companies – FemPeers and MindPeers.

Hailed as one of the youngest entrepreneurs of her generation, Kanika Agarwal has served over 40+ brands including MNCs like Estee Lauder Companies, Microsoft, NIVEA, Zee TV Asia Pacific and American Standard to name a few. Being a futuristic leader, Kanika Agarwal is celebrated by her clients – spanning Luxury, Retail, FMCG, Automotive, Consumer Tech, Health and Wellness Industry – as well as by her mentees and employees for her indomitable spirit and humble attitude towards all projects.

Donning Many Hats

In the second year of running Passion Peers, when the agency had excellent turnovers, Kanika hit a roadblock that wasn’t easy to overcome. The stress of running a business, led her to General Anxiety Disorder. While battling anxiety and depression, Kanika’s menstrual health was affected as well. It was at this juncture that she started FemPeers – a platform that provides subscription based menstrual kits, complete with sanitary products of one’s choice, snacks, heating pads, and a whole lot more.

While overcoming depression, Kanika realized that easy, open conversations on the issue is what is required to help people suffering from it. Her third venture, MindPeers aims to do just that. It is a platform that aims to destigmatise mental illness, and makes certified mental health professionals accessible and affordable to anyone who needs their help.

Awards and Accolades

Kanika Agarwal has been awarded the “BERG Women Icon Award 2017” and has been listed as the top most inspiring entrepreneur by many publications including e27 and Tech in Asia. She has also won numerous awards for her experiential and innovative campaign ideas.

Her hard work has found many admirers who appreciate the value offered by her ventures and recognise her as a leader of tomorrow.