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'This is Ratan Tata. Can we meet?' How a phone call changed Repos Energy's fortune

Repos co-founder Aditi Bhosale Walunj recalled, "The next day we reached Ratan Tata's house at 10.45 am at his house and waited for him in the living room with our presentation. And sharp at 11 am a tall, fair person with a blue shirt walked towards us...

August 07, 2022 / 04:08 PM IST
Ratan Tata with Repos Energy founders Chetan Walunj and Aditi Bhosale Walunj. (Image credit: Aditi Bhosale Walunj/LinkedIn)

Ratan Tata with Repos Energy founders Chetan Walunj and Aditi Bhosale Walunj. (Image credit: Aditi Bhosale Walunj/LinkedIn)

Weeks after Ratan Tata-backed mobile energy distribution startup Repos Energy launched their  organic waste-powered ‘mobile electric charging vehicle’ solution, the founders shared how a call from the industrialist changed their fortune.

When starting out with Repos a few years ago, co-founder Aditi Bhosale Walunj and Chetan Walunj figured out that for the company to grow, they needed a mentor--somebody who has worked towards a greater good. And the first person they could think of was Ratan Tata.

When Aditi Bhosale Walunj suggested that they meet him, Chetan Walunj  was quick to remark, “Aditi, he (Ratan Tata) is not my neighbour that you are saying let's go meet him.”

She, however, did not back out. "We both have had no formal business education but we learnt one thing very early in our lives--an excuse towards anything is a foundation which one builds a house of failure," Aditi Bhosale Walunj wrote on LinkedIn.