Meet the Teams in RLab’s 2019 XR Startup Bootcamp

Oct 18 · 3 min read

In September, RLab launched the RLab Bootcamp — an incubator for XR startups coming out of universities in NYC. We’re excited to announce the eight teams selected for this program, which includes a $10,000 grant and weekly workshops focused on market validation and business model generation. Learn more about the teams below, and check back for updates on their progress.

Action Spectra

Maria Mishurenko and Gordey Chernyy
New York University, Tisch School of the Arts

Action Spectra is creating an accessible, gamified, VR-first multi-player fitness platform with bite-sized experiences. As a studio, the team has created more than 30 projects related to AR/VR/MR, holographic displays and projection mapping.

Immersive Space

Matthew Niederhauser and John Fitzgerald
New York University, Interactive Telecommunications Program

Immersive Space is developing a new AR platform that opens up digital worlds in retail, office, or entertainment spaces. Sensorium formed in 2015 at New Inc, and has since built many award-winning VR/AR projects and interactive installations. Immersive Space also recently did a residency at RLab for the XR Beta program.

Inward Space

Paul Torrens and Kedar Potdar
New York University, Tandon School of Engineering

Inward Space is building Edge AI platforms for movement analytics in the automotive and retail industry. The team initially formed as part of a NSF-funded research project to use simulation to explore road-crossing behavior in New York City.


Anthony Martinez and Tina Cheng
CUNY Lehman College

Kumu is a virtual face for audiobooks that provides a richer, more personalized storytelling experience. The team formed at Lehman College during the Virtual Reality Training Academy graduate certificate program.

Novelty Interactive

Jason Charles and Steven Yoo
New York University, Tandon School of Engineering

Novelty Interactive is a platform with story-based learning tools built for digital natives. The team’s journey started in the mobile augmented reality course at NYU Tandon School of Engineering, and they recently completed the Startup Bootcamp and Summer Sprint programs at NYU’s Entrepreneurial Institute.


Asha Veeraswamy and Peter Locharernkul
New York University, Interactive Telecommunications Program

Playmantic is a collaborative XR platform for theater education and practice. The project was the Grand Prize winner of the 2019 Bose AR App Pitch Competition held at Company in NYC, and also won 2nd place at the Hack Hunterdon design competition in 2019.


Ashley Abid and Thandiwe-Kesi Robins
The City College of New York

Skinterest is a device-paired app to help with the burden of care for chronic skin conditions. Skinterest started during a Masters program at City College, and the team has also been part of the annual Health Entrepreneurship Community Challenge at Hofstra University.


Peter Sim and Taeyeon Kim
Parsons School of Design

Workshop XR is building 3D modeling software based on real-life tools and materials to improve the design and fabrication process. As full-time shop technicians at the Parsons Making Center, the team came up with the idea to improve current maker education with a new generation of 3D tools.

Are you a faculty member, student or recent alum of a NYC university with an XR startup idea? Join us for the next RLab Bootcamp in Fall 2020. Sign up to receive updates when applications open.

A partnership between New York City and its universities, RLab is the nation’s first city-funded center for research, education and entrepreneurship in virtual and augmented reality and related technologies. The New York City Economic Development Corporation and the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment selected NYU Tandon School of Engineering as the administering institution and a consortium of participating universities, including Columbia University, CUNY, and The New School to manage and operate the RLab space. The new multi-university center is critical to the City’s plans to establish New York City as the next global leader in immersive technologies and will create hundreds of new jobs in the field. Learn more at


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