Become Part of the 7th Cohort @ XRC Labs Innovation Accelerator / by Haley Smith

XRC Labs is accepting applications for its 7th Cohort which will commence in January of 2019. Former startups include Shopshops, backed by Forerunner Ventures and Union Square Ventures and billie, backed by Female Founders Fund and Greycroft. Learn more and apply here!


XRC Labs is an innovation accelerator for the next generation of disruptors in the retail and consumer goods sectors.

With support from world-class retailer and brand sponsors, and founding partners Kurt Salmon and Parsons School of Design at the New School, XRC Labs thrives as the first design-centric retail innovation ecosystem.

XRC Labs runs two 14-week programs ("cohorts") annually that bring together entrepreneurs, investors, brands and retailers to foster rapid innovation and unlock new opportunities in retail. We select 10 startups for each cohort that are positioned to create significant positive change in the retail or consumer goods industries.

The programs are hosted in Manhattan, the epicenter of retail and consumer goods, on the 5th Avenue campus of Parsons - recently named the #1 art and design school in the US and #2 in the world.

The startups receive central Manhattan workspace, mentoring, operational support and exclusive access to a prestigious network of entrepreneurs, investors and seasoned industry leaders. They graduate from XRC Labs with solid business plans and a priceless new rolodex.