Brenna Nan Schneider
Founder & CEO, 99Degress
Challenge: How do we create a more inclusive, productive, and sustainable economic future for all?
99Degrees is a future apparel manufacturing factory. As off-shored mass production becomes obsolete, regional speed factories are the future, enabling brands to respond to demand, hold less inventory, and innovate ahead of their competition. We apply this model to the production of active-wear and wearable technology apparel for leading and emerging brands and over fastest turn production, on-demand customization, and agility to respond to shifts in demand. We are redefining the apparel manufacturing industry while creating jobs that catalyze opportunity and advancement. In apparel manufacturing, automation and job creation are not mutually exclusive. The bridge we're building between an antiquated industry and an advanced manufacturing industry offers a unique opportunity to employ a manually skilled workforce, pay living wages, and invest in transitioning that workforce into a future innovation economy workforce.
Brenna Nan Schneider is the Founder and CEO of 99Degrees, an advanced apparel manufacturing company in Lawrence MA. 99Degrees was recognized as a 2015 Game Changer by the Boston Globe and has been awarded the top prize at both MassChallenge and Eforall's business accelerators. 99Degrees won the top prize in the category of Humans + Machines at MIT’s 2016 Inclusive Innovation Competition. Her manufacturing expertise was seeded as a child growing up in her family's manufacturing business. Before founding 99Degrees, she served as VP, Operations at American MoJo, a US apparel manufacturing company. Her career has spanned manufacturing and economic development including work as an AIF/Clinton Fellow in India’s textile industry and in global entrepreneurship programming at the Iacocca Institute. Brenna has an MBA from Brandeis University’s Heller School and a BA in International Studies and Economics from Washington College.