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brrr°’s Apurba Banerjee Speaks at SYFA Conference About Advances in Cooling Fabric

cooling fabricbrrr° Chief Scientist Apurba Banerjee, PhD, is delivering a compelling presentation today about how synthetic fibers are revolutionizing cooling fabric.

Banerjee is featured as the second speaker at the fall conference in Charlotte, North Carolina. hosted by the Synthetic Yarn and Fabric Association (SYFA), a non-profit trade group that represents suppliers and manufacturers in the synthetic fiber industry.

In her talk titled “Chill Out,” Banerjee explores advances in synthetic fibers such as thermal regulation through nano structures and recycled polyester.

Banerjee also discusses some misinformation in the marketplace, with some products being labeled as “cooling” when in reality they only wick away moisture.

“The term cooling should be reserved for fabrics that actually draw away heat,” Banerjee says.

brrr° uses natural cooling minerals embedded right in the yarn combined with active wicking and rapid drying to create a Triple Chill Effect that is instant and permanent.

 


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brrr° Selected for ATDC NY Venture Showcase

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brrrº CEO, Mary-Cathryn Kolb

brrr° Founder & CEO Mary-Cathryn Kolb is headed to New York City to be part of the ATDC NY Venture Showcase that connects up-and-coming entrepreneurs with dozens of institutional investors.

brrr° was one of just 14 companies chosen to join the road trip, which is being organized by the state of Georgia’s ATDC technology business incubator.

Participants will meet with dozens of venture capitalists and other institutional ventures at a private event hosted by Silicon Valley Bank at their office on Park Avenue in Manhattan’s Kips Bay neighborhood. Other sponsors include the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, Aprio, Morris Manning & Martin and DLA Piper.

“This is a terrific opportunity to get in front of New York institutional investors and share our strategy and vision with them,” said Mary-Cathryn Kolb, Founder and CEO of brrr°. Atlanta-based brrr° is in the midst of raising $3 million to $5 million in equity capital.

 


Cybrrrº Monday

Scouring the internet for sweet deals on Cyber Monday is hard work. Keep your cool with these terrific products that feature brrr° cooling technology.

We use cooling minerals, active wicking, and rapid drying to create a “Triple Chill Effect” that draws heat and moisture away from your skin. That means you’ll be more comfortable and confident as you do you.

These are a few gifts we’re putting on our Nice List.

New items featuring brrr° cooling technology will be available in the new year.


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Give the Gift of brrr° on Black Friday

Kick off the holiday shopping season by giving the gift of comfort with brrr° Triple Chill Effect cooling technology.

Our cooling minerals, active wicking, and rapid drying draw heat and moisture away from the skin to keep you comfortable and confident at work and at play — and everywhere in between.

The special man in your life would appreciate a dress shirt, sport coat or suit from the 1905 Collection by Jos. A. Bank featuring brrr° comfort fabric, which will keep him dry and comfortable all day long. Need more options? Head over to Men's Wearhouse for dress shirts and suits from the Joseph Abboud Collection featuring brrrº to keep him cool under pressure. 

If your shopping list includes athletes, consider this new line of hats from The Game featuring brrr° instant cooling fabric.

Or give the gift of a better night’s sleep with a set of premium brrr° High-Performance Cooling Sheets by Downlite.

Stay tuned for more great products with brrr° Triple Chill technology coming out in 2019.

 


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brrr°’s Apurba Banerjee Elected Chair & Vice Chair of AATCC Committees

Congratulations to brrr°’s Chief Scientist Apurba Banerjee, Ph.D., on being elected to serve in leadership positions on several committees of the American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists (AATCC).

Banerjee was named Vice Chair of the C3 Technical Committee on Research (TCR), which is often a pathway to serving on the association’s Executive Committee on Research in the future. Her three-year term begins in January.

She was also named Chair of the Yarn and Other Substrate Committee, which is a subcommittee of the Thermoregulation Committee, and she was elected as Vice Chair of the Young Professionals Committee.

“It’s a privilege to serve alongside some of the brightest minds in the textile industry as we work together toward a common goal of advancing technology and functionality,” Banerjee said.

Banerjee earned a Ph.D. in polymer, fiber and textile sciences from The University of Georgia, and she holds a Bachelor of Technology degree in textile and fiber processing from the Institute of Chemical Technology (formerly known as UDCT) in Mumbai, India. She was also a graduate research assistant at Colorado State University.


brrr° Chosen to Present at Emory RAISE Forum Investor Conference

brrr° is excited to be selected as one of eight companies chosen to present at the Emory RAISE Forum conference today hosted by the Goizueta Business School at Emory University in Atlanta.

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brrrº Cooling Fabrics include Cooling Minerals, Active Wicking, and Rapid Drying

The prestigious conference connects fast-growing startups that are already generating revenue with interested and active investors who are looking to place $1 million to $5 million in capital to close the gap in funding sources at higher levels.

Leaders of startups also receive consulting and mentoring from professors and other business leaders in the community.

“We look forward to sharing our business strategy with investors at the RAISE Forum as we prepare to raise $3 million to $5 million in equity funding,” said brrr° Founder and CEO Mary-Cathryn Kolb.

The RAISE Forum was created seven years ago by early stage investor Barry Etra to encourage collaboration across the entrepreneurial ecosystem in the Southeast, and is now a pillar of the Entrepreneurship program at Emory’s Goizueta Business School.


brrr°’s Banerjee Discusses Fashion and Function

For centuries, fashion was driven by beauty standards that seem downright barbaric today: tight corsets, heavy layers, and stiff structures that restricted movement.

Thankfully, today’s fashion is married with function and our clothing is more stretchy, breathable and comfortable to wear as we go about our daily lives at work and at play.

For a long time, Lycra and Spandex were considered cutting edge – clothes that included these ingredients fit better and had a perceived performance edge.

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"Today’s fashion is married with function"

Now it’s time for our clothes to take another leap forward with smarter materials that can actually draw heat and moisture away from our bodies to keep us cooler, says brrr° Material Scientist Apurba Banerjee, Ph.D.

Yet cooling technology is shrouded in mystery.

Some companies claim that their clothes cool, but what they really mean is that they are good at wicking.

“We think it’s time for the textile industry to adopt a standard definition for ‘cooling’ and that should mean it has an innate cooling sensation that can be felt even when you’re not sweaty,” said Banerjee, who gave a well-attended presentation on the subject titled “Don’t Sweat It!” at the recent Functional Fabric Fair by Performance Days in New York City.

brrr° is a pioneer in cooling fabric, with patent-pending technology that achieves an instant and permanent cooling sensation by combining natural cooling minerals, active wicking, and rapid drying to create a “Triple Chill Effect™” that won’t ever fade or wash out.

Cooling technology is jumping beyond the athletic and fashion industries to also be used in denim, footwear, bedding, car seats, office chairs, baby blankets, uniforms, and medical applications.

 

 


A Day in the Life of Chief Scientist, Apurba Banerjee

What is the first thing you do when you wake up?

Take my dog, Cooper out

What is your go-to for breakfast?

Oatmeal in almond milk and a cup of chai

Tell us about a typical day at work. For example, what did you do all day yesterday?

My work day varies on where I am working from- my days at the brrrº HQ – are fast paced. My day consists of answering emails, helping my colleagues understand textile science-related concepts, being on sales calls, reading testing protocols and test reports.

My days at the lab are more precise and meticulous- I make sure there is no contamination in the testing of samples. I prep samples in the most appropriate way, go back and forth to decide on the best way of analysis and I read a copious number of journal articles and test protocols.

What key skills do you need to do your job?

A keen eye for detail, a flair for reading technical articles/ reports/ protocols and communicating the complex science jargon in simpler terms. I also enjoy presenting and explaining the nuances of the brrrº technology to a wide variety of audiences right from performance textile industry veterans to new adopters of the technology.

What is the hardest part of your job, and why?

The hardest part of my job is not having enough hours in the day to do all my projects. I wish every day had 72 hours so I could keep brrrº-ing for longer.😊

What’s the best part of your job?

I balance a variety of projects from lab-related tasks to more public client-facing tasks which is exciting. This variety is exactly what I had hoped and wished for from my career and I am extremely blessed to have received this range of things.

What three words would colleagues use to describe you?

Helpful, energetic, doc :D

When you need a moment to clear your head at work, how do you do that?

I either take a walk or sip on some green tea.

What is a typical evening like for you?

I like my evenings to be filled with social events. Being around people energizes me and I like talking to people (I end up talking about brrrº technology A LOT !! haha). I also like running, cooking and exploring new trails around Atlanta and Athens.

If there were extra hours in the day, how would you spend them?

Probably reading more science articles and trying to understand why things are the way they are. I would also probably volunteer more hours working in the local Athens community.

What’s the best advice someone has given you?

“If you really want something, give it your all and give it all the time.”

If you could have a do-over for something in your professional life, what would it be?

I would have done more internships while I was in school.

 

7 Things You Didn’t Know About Apurba:

Where are you from (hometown):

Mumbai, Maharashtra

Where did you go to college:

Mumbai (India), Fort Collins, Colorado, and Athens, Georgia

Favorite Hobbies/Activities:

Photography (especially when I combine that with travel)

Favorite travel destination:

The mountains – The Rockies thus far

Favorite colors:

Black, blue and green

Fun Fact:

I have a strong belief in past lives and in reincarnations and I feel like I used to be a dog in my past life !! :D

Favorite Quote or Saying:

We rise by lifting others!

Chief Scientist, Apurba with her Pup, Cooper

brrr° Chosen to Present at Venture Atlanta 2018

Venture Atlanta is the Southeast’s leading tech investor event,

with more than $2.6 billion in funding awarded to date.

 brrr° has been chosen out of more than 1,000 applicants to be one of the 34 rising star technology companies in the Southeast that will present on stage at Venture Atlanta 2018.

The 11th annual Venture Atlanta, the Southeast’s premier event for connecting technology innovators and investment capital, will be held October 16-17 in downtown Atlanta. With more than 140 funds represented and 900 technology entrepreneurs expected to attend, this year’s Venture Atlanta is on track to be the largest yet.

brrr° will share the stage with other technology innovators as well as expert speakers including keynotes delivered by former NetSuite CEO Zach Nelson and former FireEye and McAfee CEO Dave DeWalt.

“We are thrilled to be chosen to present at Venture Atlanta as we introduce investors to brrr°’s growth story as a disruptive innovator in smart fabric technology,” said Mary-Cathryn Kolb, Founder and CEO of brrr°.

brrr° has developed cooling fabric technology that combines natural minerals with active wicking and rapid drying to create a “Triple Chill Effect” that draws heat away from the skin and won’t ever fade or wash out. Its patent-pending technology is tested by globally recognized independent labs and outperforms other leading brands.

Atlanta-based brrr° was chosen to be one of 34 presenting companies from a large pool of applicants to represent the region’s most innovative technology businesses, which builds upon brrr°’s inclusion in the “Startup Showcase” at the Venture Atlanta 2017 conference.

“For eleven years, Venture Atlanta has been connecting the Southeast’s best and brightest innovators with top-tier investors,” said Allyson Eman, executive director of Venture Atlanta. “This year, we’re thrilled to be showcasing the strongest and largest roster yet of both early and venture-stage companies. These companies reflect the incredible pool of talented people, and continued opportunities for growth and innovation.”

During the two-day Venture Atlanta event, presenting companies and conference attendees will engage with regional and national venture capitalists, investors and other key players in the current technology landscape.

The conference results in funding, national investor exposure and invaluable relationship building with successful technology executives. Tech Square Labs will return as the event’s premier sponsor, and the conference kicks off with Techstars Atlanta 2018 Demo Day in partnership with Cox Enterprises.

 

About Venture Atlanta

Venture Atlanta connects the Southeast’s most promising tech companies and entrepreneurs with top-tier local and national venture capitalists, bankers, angel investors and others who can help them raise the capital they need to grow their businesses. Now in its 11th year, Venture Atlanta is an annual nonprofit event that is a collaboration between three leading Georgia business organizations: Atlanta CEO Council, Metro Atlanta Chamber and the Technology Association of Georgia (TAG). For more information, please visit www.ventureatlanta.org.

About brrr°

brrr° was founded in 2014 to develop technologically advanced fabrics with superior cooling performance to improve the items we touch in our everyday lives. brrr° enhances the comfort of business clothing, casual clothing, athletic apparel, denim, uniforms, sheets, and other textiles. The privately held Atlanta-based company is led by Founder and CEO Mary-Cathryn Kolb, who previously held senior positions at Spanx, Seven Jeans, TOMS Shoes and Von Dutch. For more information, please visit www.brrr.com.

 

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brrr° CEO Mary-Cathryn Kolb Named Small Business Person of the Year by the Atlanta Business Chronicle

We are honored and humbled to share the exciting news that brrr° Founder and CEO Mary-Cathryn Kolb was named Small Business Person of the Year by the Atlanta Business Chronicle.

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Mary-Cathryn pictured with the Market President and Publisher of Atlanta Business Chronicle, David Rubinger

Kolb was chosen as the winner in the Emerging Entrepreneur category, which recognizes the leaders of fast-growing businesses that are three to seven years old. The award was announced today at an event at the Atlanta Botanical Garden that was attended by business leaders and entrepreneurs from across the metro Atlanta area.

The other finalists in the Emerging Entrepreneur category were Annie Eaton, CEO of augmented reality technology services firm Futurus, and Joseph Corona, President of interior general contracting firm Cornerstone Contracting Group, Inc.

“It is such a privilege to be recognized for the hard work we’ve put into growing brrr° into a leader of cooling fabric technology,” Kolb said. “To stand alongside such inspiring leaders like Annie and Joseph is a tremendous honor, and we thank the Atlanta Business Chronicle’s editors and the panel of judges for their vote of confidence in our strategy.”