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First City-Funded VR/AR Lab Comes to Navy Yard

RLab, reportedly the first city-funded virtual and augmented reality (VR/AR) lab in the country, has launched at the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Funded by the New York City Economic Development Corporation and the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment, RLab will operate out of the complex’s Building 22.

The lab will also be home to an early-stage fund, administered by leading venture capital firm Super Ventures, to support startup companies accepted into RLab’s accelerator. When RLab is completed in 2019, it will house 16,500 square feet of co-working labs, classrooms and studios.

“RLab is a compelling addition to the Navy Yard, and will provide a new path to quality, good-paying jobs, through innovation,” said David Ehrenberg, president and CEO of the Brooklyn Navy Yard. “The city is right to invest in training and developing the jobs of the future and the Navy Yard is proud to welcome RLab.”

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