Schulich Undergrad has Bulletproof Idea
Katherine Homuth (BBA ’11) is the Founder and CEO of Sheerly Genius, the Y Combinator backed up startup that sells the world’s first pair of rip-proof, snag-proof and life-proof pantyhose.
These sheer tights are made with the same type of ballistic-grade fibres found in bulletproof vests and climbing equipment. Although they are not bulletproof, they are known to be indestructible for up to 50 wears. Homuth has raised $33K on Indiegogo, surpassing her goal of $10,000, and an additional $190K on Kickstarter for her idea.
This is not her first startup company. She co-founded ShopLocket, which was acquired by global manufacturing and design company, PCH International, in 2014. She also created an angel investing group called, Female Funders, which was acquired by Highline BETA last year.
“I took advantage of all of Schulich’s entrepreneurship classes including an independent study class the school had at the time, where I got to shadow an entrepreneur for a semester,” says Homuth. “When it comes to startups, there is only so much you can learn in the classroom and these opportunities to connect with the Canadian entrepreneurial marketplace during my time at Schulich helped lay the foundation for my success as an entrepreneur.”
Homuth has been named one of the Women to Watch in Wearables, one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women and one of Flare’s Sixty Under 30. She has been quoted in the New York Times on fashion tech and was recently interviewed for the Oprah Winfrey Network.