No Sweat: MIT Start-Up Launches High Tech Business Shirt

June 13, 2012 12:00 AM
No Sweat: MIT Start-Up Launches High Tech Business Shirt
" BOSTON (CBS) – The air conditioner on his crowded Red Line train car wasn’t working and Eric Khatchadourian, had sweat puddling through his button-down shirt. Countless uncomfortable train rides to work led the MIT alumnus to tap his friend and former MIT track teammate Gihan Amarasiriwardena for a solution. The result could become the next big thing in business fashion; a venture that’s already making waves in its first full year of business.

A team of great minds came together around a singular idea: use the technology of performance fabrics to create a business shirt that looks good, keeps you cool, actively fights odors, and never wrinkles. No small task.

The company now known as The Ministry of Supply was born. The local start-up is one of 125 finalists in this year’s MassChallenge, a competition that awards promising entrepreneurs world-class mentorship, free office space, access to funding, media and more.

Amarasiriwardena and fellow engineer Kevin Rustagi had just launched their first shirt when MIT Venture Mentoring Service put them in touch with Sloan MBA students Aman Advani and Kit Hickey, who had experience in athletic wear design and were working on a similar project "

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