These 12 Startups Made It Into LIFT Labs’ 2022 Cohort, Including Philly-Area LLUNA

This year’s accelerator is focused on connected living, inclusive experiences and smart enterprises, and will operate on a hybrid model from the Comcast Technology Center.

A cohort of 12 companies — one of which is based in Greater Philadelphia — has been picked for the fifth edition of Comcast NBCUniversal’s LIFT Labs Accelerator, powered by Techstars.

This cycle of the annual accelerator took startups focusing on connected living, immersive and inclusive experiences, and smart, sustainable enterprise. The applicants came from more than 30 countries, with the final cohort representing the US, Canada, Iceland and the UK.

Founders will participate in workshops on fundraising, corporate partnerships, PR and the like during the 12-week program, which starts today and concludes with a Demo Day on Nov. 2. As with previous cohorts, startups in the accelerator receive up to $120,000 in exchange for 6% equity.

Philly is represented this year by LLUNA, cofounded by CEO Jess Podgajny and CTO Aaron Kamholtz. The HR tech company — one of’s 2021 RealLIST Startups honorable mentions — makes an employee engagement and retention platform.

“The program serves as an opportunity for LLUNA to truly accelerate our growth goals and mission to personalize the future of work,” Podgajny told via email.

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