Newman wins Harvard award

Published 5:59 pm Friday, June 15, 2012

Angela Newnam, Tryon native and creator and owner of Knock out!®, has won the prestigious 2012 Harvard Business School competition for alumni entrepreneurs, with a theme of leveraging innovative, natural textile technologies. Newman’s firm is the first woman owned company to win this award, which is a global competition open to all Harvard graduates with businesses less than three years old.
Emerging from 130 global entries, Washington, D.C.-based Knock out!® founder Angela Newnam (MBA 1996) received the $50,000 grand prize for her line of high–performance undergarments (for both men and women) that provide odor control  and wicking using all-natural cotton.
“Outerwear and athletic wear have long been associated with higher tech fabrics, but NoTrace® technology is raising the performance bar for intimates,” Newman said.
With strong response to her first collection of women’s panties (available in a variety of styles and colors), the company quickly expanded into premium men’s undergarments.
The company’s innovative fabrics are available in women’s and men’s T-shirts, underwear and other garments in more than 250 retailers and e-tailers in the United States and Canada, including Tryon House in Tryon.
Newnam graduated from Tryon High School and now resides in Washington, D.C. with her husband and three children.
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by Ashley Butler

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