XRC Demo Day Video Released

Our Demo Day video is released. You can now watch our latest cohort of startups presenting their final retail solutions. From on-demand activewear manufacturing to indoor mapping services to artificially-intelligent visual search, our Cohort 3 is engaged to disrupt the face of retail transforming both how the consumer shops and how retailers are delivering services. To watch the video, click here …

XRC Cohort 3 Demo Day Recap

On April 7th, we presented our impressive Cohort 3 companies to the public. We couldn’t be but proud of this cohort and each company’s achievements. For 14 weeks, the startups have been attending workshops, classes, 1-on-1 consultations, meetings with mentors, and getting introductions to retailers and brands. We have challenged their assumptions, identified new business opportunities, and worked to maximize …

Reinge Relaunch with New York Men’s Fashion Week Event

On February 1st, our Cohort 1 company, previously known as RFM Clothing, celebrated its recent relaunch as Reinge with a New York Men’s Fashion Week event held at Avenue in Chelsea. Marking an exciting kick off to the new name and a new era, Reigne showcased several of the new designs from the upcoming collection, where over 200 guests from …

Fireside Chat with Michelle Bacharach

What’s your favorite thing about XRC Labs? The retailer relationships – the team knows everyone! 5 lessons learned from going through the cohort program at XRC – Make relationships for the long term. Not everything will or should have an immediate payoff. – Pick the metrics that you want to hit and work backward from there – Focus focus focus …

XRC Young Enrepreneurs Residence Program 2017

We are happy to announce the launch of our Young Entrepreneurs Residence Program. This is a highly selective program that is open to students of the New School who have created their own startup or have a great startup idea they would like to develop in retail and consumer goods. To a select group of students, our program has granted …

Launch Day: XRC Labs unveils Cohort 3 companies

Last night, we welcomed mentors, sponsors, investors, fellows and affiliates to the University Center of The New School to introduce our third cohort class.  Culled from 500+ applications, we found the Big Eight, companies we believe are poised to challenge advance the retail and consumer goods sectors. Our cohort 3 companies are: 29th century: an AI-powered virtual data analyst to …

XRC company Seashells launches with immediate cash back platform

XRC company Seashells launches and gives you immediate cash back from 150 retailers — (e.g. Amazon 3%) — when you buy a gift card for yourself. No strings attached. I know. It sounds weird. Why would I buy a gift card for myself? Because you immediately get back: Amazon — 3% Sephora — 7% Itunes — 6% +147 more You …

500+ Applications!

We’re now in the process of reviewing the virtual pile of 500+ applications.  It’s very exciting!  Thanks to everyone who applied. There are definitely some great ideas and founder teams out there.  Stay tuned for more news about the upcoming cohort.    

Caraa on Project Runway Fashion Startup

Tomorrow night (Thursday, November 10th), Aaron Luo will be making a pitch on Project Runway Fashion Startup.   Along with his co-founder, Carmen Chen Wu, Aaron will present an investment proposal for their brand, Caraa Sport, to the panel of four investors on the show: Birchbox co-founder Katia Beauchamp, Gwynnie Bee founder Christine Hunsicker, fashion designer Rebecca Minkoff, and Garry Wasner, a mentor …

Today’s the LAST DAY to Apply to Cohort 3!

Today is the LAST DAY to apply to be part of our third cohort! Do you really want to miss out on the chance to be part of an innovation accelerator and ecosystem that includes Partners such as Kurt Salmon, the global retail consulting firm and Parsons, the world’s leading design and fashion school. Sponsors that range from technology innovators …