|Born||Machilipatnam, Andhra Pradesh, India|
|Alma mater||Massachusetts Institute of Technology|
Early life and education
Bolla was born in Seetharamapuram of Machilipatnam, a city in Andhra Pradesh in 1992. His family was mainly dependent on farming After his matriculation, he pursued science in his 10+2, but was not permitted to do so. Bolla filed a case, and after a six month wait, he was allowed to pursue science at his own risk. Bolla topped his class with a 98% on his XII board exams. Bolla was denied admission to coaching institutes for Indian Institute of Technology, where he wanted to study engineering, because he is blind. He attended Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he was the first international blind student. He was given corporate opportunities in America, but he was looking for some innovative idea in India.
Bolla started a Braille printing press in the Samanvai Center for children with multiple disabilities in Hyderabad, India, which provides accessible educational material available to disabled students. In 2012, Bolla started Bollant Industries, which manufactures Areca based products and provides employment to several hundred people with disabilities, with funding from Ratan Tata. Bollant has shown exceptional growth averaging 20% a month since inception,with 2016-17 fiscal year revenues over 25 Crores (USD 4 million). In April 2017, Bolla was named by Forbes magazine in its list of 30 under 30 across all of Asia, one of only three Indians in that list.
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