US NRI teenager gets Intel funding for Braille printer

Thirteen year old Shubham Banerjee has received a large investment from Intel for development a low-cost printer for the blind, making him the youngest tech entrepreneur funded by a venture capital firm. Till last year, California based Shubham had no idea what Braille was, and it was only when he came across a fundraising flyer for the visually impaired that he started to wonder how blind people read. He also discovered the high cost of Braille printers at around $2000, and decided he wanted to help the visually impaired, so tried to build one with a Lego Robotics kit. Young Banerjee, who is CEO of the Braille printer maker Braigo Labs' printer turned out to function well and it earned him a lot of recognition, including the Tech Awards' 2014 and an invitation to the White House Maker Faire, an event that awards student entrepreneurs and innovators. Impressed by his product and vision, Intel came calling last September and told him it would invest in his company. Last week the investment was made official when Braigo Labs was mentioned as one of the 16 tech startups Intel is investing in this year. With Intel's funding, Braigo Labs plans to build a new prototype that more resembles a regular printer, and bring it to market by next year. Shubham has no plans to expand into other product categories but says he wants to do engineering in the medical area when he grows up. He also wants to finish college.