Originally from Louisiana, Jenny Amaraneni moved to San Diego in 2009 to pursue her Master of Business Administration at San Diego State University. Before graduating, she launched SOLO Eyewear, a line of hybrid bamboo sunglasses where each pair purchased funds eye care for people in need. To date, SOLO Eyewear has funded eye care for nearly 10,000 people across 19 countries.
Prior to launching SOLO Eyewear, Amaraneni worked with several nonprofit organizations in various capacities. Most notably, she worked with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation for two years before moving to San Diego. While pursuing her MBA, she worked very closely with the Lavin Entrepreneurship Center where she served as Venture Challenge Manager, completed two graduate internships and started her business.
Amaraneni is currently involved in a number of organizations and mentors students who are pursuing their own entrepreneurial endeavors. Most recently, she was named one of San Diego’s Top 25 in their 20’s, Top 50 People to Watch for 2013, and a recipient of the Women Who Mean Business award.