Srikanth Bolla

The Blind CEO who built a £48m company


The first blind student to graduate from MIT, Srikanth Bolla is the CEO and Founder of Bollant Industries that churns employment opportunities for specially-abled individuals.

Srikanth's sheer tenacity shines through the dark clouds of his misfortune

When Srikanth was born, his parents were advised to leave him in an orphanage or to let him die. But no one knew that Srikanth would one day reach unprecedented heights to get educated from one of the world's most prestigious institutions before going on to become a dynamic industrialist churning a hundred-crore turnover and employing hundreds of people. 

His organisation employs uneducated and disabled employees to manufacture eco-friendly and disposable consumer packaging solutions.

He started a braille printing press in the Samanvai Center for children with multiple disabilities in Hyderabad, which provides accessible educational material.

In 2012, he started Bollant Industries, which manufactures Areca based products and provides employment to several hundred people with disabilities, with funding from Ratan Tata.

Today, Srikanth has four production plants, spread across the country. 

Being blind by birth, he had to face many struggles and social prejudices in life, but it was his self-belief, a strong family support and the vision to achieve something big that has made him the successful entrepreneur that he is today. He proves one does not need eyes to be a visionary.

The biopic 'Srikanth,' featuring Rajkummar Rao in the lead role, portrays the inspiring life of Srikanth Bolla and was released in May 2024

Awards and Accomplishments

Awards and Accomplishments

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.

Srikanth made it onto the World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leaders 2021 list.

 Bollywood actor Rajkummar Rao has been roped in for a biopic being planned on his life.

Why Srikanth Bolla ?

Srikanth Bolla is called upon to deliver captivating keynote speeches, covering a variety of subjects related to entrepreneurship, winning despite disability-related limitations, perseverance, power of focus and inspiring others with his personal journey. 

The boy who was born blind is today showing many the path to real happiness. He is a sought-after motivational keynote speaker who has also worked extensively in the fields of entrepreneurship development, empowerment of the youth and for the betterment of people with multiple disabilities.

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