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 …

Augmenting the Retail Experience

This coming Wednesday, Pano will be speaking at the the Augmenting the Retail Experience event hosted by Samsung Accelerator.  Pano, whose background includes experience in the gaming industry, will be part of a panel of speakers including a professor of computer science from Columbia University, an innovation manager at Target, and head of insights at Blippar.  They will be sharing …

Checking in with Maddy Maxey and Loomia

Forbes recently interviewed Maddy Maxey, founder of Loomia (formerly The Crated) and member of XRC Labs Cohort 2.  Among other things, Susan Adams asked Maddy about her start in the smart textile business.  Like many brilliant folk, Maddy left college to pursue a dream; in her case, crafting custom women’s blazers.  This was soon followed by a Thiel Fellowship that enabled …

Pano Anthos: Challenging Assumptions at Glossy Forum

In order to be successful, founders need to challenge conventional assumptions.  But they also need someone to challenge the assumptions they’re making for their own businesses.  That’s where Pano comes in. XRC Labs’ Managing Director, Pano Anthos, is great at asking the tough, probing questions.  The questions that demand founders know their niche, the problem they’re solving, the customer they’re …

Checking in with Caraa

Caraa, a Cohort 1 alum, is making tremendous strides in the athleisure bag market.  Targeting the market gap between high-end totes and mass-market gym duffels, Caraa is offering functional bags with style.  In fact, Well + Good highlighted Caraa’s The Dance Bag as one of the 10 backpacks that can help women navigate their busy day while still looking good. …

Checking in with by REVEAL

Megan Berry is racking up the frequent flyer miles as she brings her by REVEAL boutique to markets around the country. September began at New York Fashion Week. Outfitted with cool RFID tag technology provided by Intel, the by REVEAL boutique not only showcases up-and-coming designer products, but also provides invaluable consumer intelligence: Where do buyers linger in the space? …

Applications for Cohort 3 are Live!

Are you constructively challenging the retail and consumer status-quo? If so, we’d love to consider your application to XRC Labs’ third cohort, scheduled to run from January 3 – April 10, 2017. You can apply here or via the “Apply” button on the home page.  You can also find us directly through a search for XRC Labs Accelerator January-April 2017 …

Second Cohort In the News

It’s always great to hear good news, isn’t it?  We think so, too.  That’s why we’re excited to share the good news about some of our fabulous second cohort members. Check out the press release: XRC LABS’ SECOND COHORT CLASS OF FASHION & RETAIL START-UPS REACHES IMPRESSIVE MILESTONES byREVEAL, Loomia and Perseus Mirrors lead the pack   (New York, NY, September 16, 2016)  XRC …

byREVEAL and Intel at NYFW

We’re proud to report that Megan Berry, founder of byREVEAL, has teamed up with Intel for a presence at New York Fashion Week (NYFW).  Read the article below (or on the web here) to see how the collaboration is transforming visitor shopping experiences.