with a vision to create future entrepreneurs.
Vision & Values
Anil believes in the resurgent power and the limitless potential of startups. He truly feels that startups will change the fortunes of our country and will be able to leverage its resource of a vast educated populace to help reposition the country as a global leader in future technologies.
Therefore, he takes a keen interest in nurturing and mentoring startups and helps them grow. He brings a deep understanding of the market and strategic business expertise to the startups which helps them succeed in their business endeavors.
He started investing in Startups, in his personal capacity, across a range of industry verticals. Over the course of time, his passion soon evolved into a SEBI registered AIF, with the first fund under the AIF having a corpus of INR 2000 million. Two more new funds, with an even larger corpus are will soon be unveiled.
He is being accredited with being the spearhead for many of the startups in India which was brought to life through his passion and vision.
Back in the days
Industrialist Anil Jain was always cut out to be an entrepreneur. His father and uncle came to Chennai in the ’60s and started an Auto Finance business and over the years gradually moved to trade in Industrial Stainless steel. They started with one Company in 1976 in the name of Madras Metals and another in 1980 in the name of Bombay Metals. When his father and uncle split in mid 90’s Bombay Metals was handed over to his father. Anil took an active interest in the business even as a school going child and would visit the trading businesses during weekends thus laying the foundation of his business sense.
One thing that was instilled deep in him was the need to be accountable for all his actions. He did not shy away from menial jobs and never said ‘NO’ to hard work. The point was simple – he had to learn every aspect of the business. His first salary was a mere Rs.15 for counting the collections for his family-owned business. He slowly started learning the trade by helping his father during the mid-’90s until the beginning of 2000. This made him independent from an early age; he traded in the stock market and also sold jeans and T-shirts while in college. He wanted to earn his own money to fund his dreams.
The turning point came after a chance meeting with one of his customers when he was exposed to a new product – Refrigerant gas. After doing some research he knew he has something big in his hands. He was able to foresee exponential growth in the business of HFC gases, by 2010, the use of HFC gases became mandatory as per the Montreal Protocol.
It has only been an amazing journey since then.
Refex Group of Companies
Managing Committee Member
ASSOCHAM Apex Body (2015-17& 2017-2019)
JITO Apex (International)
National Solar Energy Federation of India.
JITO Administrative Training Foundation
Past Vice President
Refrigeration and Allied Traders Association of South India
All India Association of Airconditioning and Refrigeration Association (AIACRA)
Indo German Chamber of Commerce
National Best Employer Brand 2018
Rajasthan Yuva Ratna Award by Rajasthan Association, TN.
Doctorate by World Tamil Organization
Young Entrepreneur by Times Group
The Standard Chartered DUN & BRADSTREET Top 100 SMEs Award
Times of India Trailblazers of Tamil Nadu awarded by Times