XRC Labs Cohort 5 Launch Event: Bigger than Ever

 Image courtesy: Lorenzo Ciniglio

Image courtesy: Lorenzo Ciniglio

The XRC Labs Cohort 5 Launch event was filled to capacity and it capped off a three-day collaboration between XRC Labs and the NRF, which worked together to present the Innovation Lab at NRF 2018 Retail's Big Show. The Innovation Lab space at the trade show featured 25 retail technology startups and was the site of panel discussions and sessions on retail technology.

XRC LABS IS EVOLVING, AND 48 COMPANIES FROM THE FIRST FOUR COHORTS ARE STILL IN BUSINESS.

Pano Anthos, Founder and Managing Director of XRC Labs, spoke about the evolution of the XRC Labs program over the past two years. More than 300 companies applied to the program in 2018 and 48 companies from the first four cohorts are still in business, he said. Anthos said that the top trends from this year's applications included AI, manufacturing, supply chain visibility, blockchain, computer vision, self-checkout, beauty, female-focused products, augmented reality and neuro-linguistic programming.

XRC LABS CONTINUES TO GROW THROUGH PARTNERSHIPS AND COLLABORATIONS.

Anthos said that the XRC Labs program continues to evolve and grow through partnerships and collaborations. XRC Labs partnered with the NRF on the Innovation Lab at NRF 2018 Retail's Big Show, which ran January 14-16. The space included an exhibit area dedicated to 25 startups and a stage where panel discussions and sessions on retail technology were held. The Innovation Lab was one of the most highly trafficked areas at the show, and almost all of the panel sessions were standing room only. Anthos moderated panels on emerging retail technologies, AI, robotics and trends in retail solutions during the conference.

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