RIoT is excited to announce RAP XII – the Summer  2022 cohort of the RIoT Accelerator Program (RAP)!  RAP XII will take place at RIoT Labs in Raleigh, NC. 

 The RAP XII cohort represents a variety of industries and backgrounds hailing across various North Carolina communities. The startups are working on technology solutions in healthcare, immersive language, live music streaming, and medical devices. Founders will leverage the diversity of the cohort to learn and grow together over the 12-week intensive program starting July 20th, 2022.  Learn more about the startups of RAP XII below.


Upper is a technology based holistic healthcare system, making a proactive lifestyle and holistic treatment the fastest, easiest decision to make.  Beginning with a marketplace of retail health and wellness services, Upper is focused on building infrastructure, processes, and patient collaboration for its uniting wellness community.  Upper’s earliest focus is on referral and prescription wellness, while long term software development includes a drug-free product pharmacy, customized naturopathic and environmental medicine home health care teams, and financial technology. Founder and CEO, Sara Auld grew up with a holistic mindset towards healthcare. Sara has a background in entrepreneurship as this is her second company she has founded. 

Gamified Learning Solutions

GLS current project is GabbLabb(TM) which offers K-12 learners a video game immersive language environment to learn to speak Spanish.  Gabblabb(TM) encourages oral proficiency by requiring students to use the Spanish to advance through the levels, achieve mission goals and collect tokens and points along the way.  With GabbLabb’s methodology providing guidance, retention and oral proficiency are boosted through cognitive strategies, like Rebus puzzles that encourage active thinking and making conversations in Spanish easily achievable. Founder and CEO, Sherin Keys has a background in Education and developed this venture based on real hand experiences with the children she worked with. 

Nexus Media ~ Skrachy 

Skrachy is an all-in-one business platform designed specifically for DJs, and it is also a live music streaming service for music consumers. The Skrachy Platform consists of two major services; A digital streaming platform for DJs, and a digital music service for music consumers. Founder and CEO, Kevan Cooper saw an opportunity in the midst of COVID when his son needed help with uploading content. 

MUSE Biomedical 

MUSE aims to develop medical devices and technologies that prevent opioid addictions. Their goal is to empower patients, their families, and physicians with the tools necessary to ensure that pain management treatments are safe throughout the course of a prescription plan. To date, no other methods of tackling the opioid epidemic have focused on providing preventative measures to addictions that help patients and healthcare providers understand exactly how the body is responding to opioids. By identifying signs of addictions and drug tolerance, the MUSE device can help make pain treatment a more effective and safer process, for everyone involved. MUSE’s founders hail from UNC Chapel Hill and started this venture during their time at UNC’s biomedical engineering program, and participated in LAUNCH Chapel Hill. 

Town of Cary

The Town of Cary, an innovative and exciting municipal partner of RIoT will be bringing its second government innovation project through the RIoT Accelerator Program this summer.  Cary has an ambitious technology project underway– one of the nation’s first municipal-run LoRa networks. Their smart cities leaders will leverage RAP to conceptualize the project as a startup venture to identify market-driven applications and operationalize the network. 

Interested in supporting these startups as a mentor, customer, or partner?  Reach out to Program Director Rachael Newberry ( to learn more.