Over the years, Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) have churned out startup founders and billionaires. Two of them, Bhavish Aggarwal and Tarun Mehta, have more in common than the stamp of IIT.
Aggarwal, born 1985, is the founder of Ola Electric, India’s largest electric two-wheeler company with a market share of 31 per cent. He studied computer science at IIT Bombay and, while he was there, picked up some patents.
Mehta, four years younger, earned a dual degree in design engineering at IIT Madras, all the while dabbling in electric battery packs with his friend Swapnil Jain. The duo gave wing to their dreams by setting up Ather Energy just after college in 2013.