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Pittsburgh’s Hottest Showcasing Startups Are…

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Last night we were back in Pittsburgh for a Mixer & Startup Showcase, and it was an awesome night! It included the Best Pitch award determined by our live SMS poll and the pre-event Reader’s Choice online poll. Here are the winners:

Pittsburgh’s Hottest Showcasing Startup – Best Pitch

LifeShel is empowering individuals to prevent sexual assault. They build hardware and software to intervene in situations of distress. The Whistl smartphone case (shipping fall 2014) emits a 110 DB sound, altering people around you that you’re in danger, and the Capsi smartphone case serves as pepper spray. LifeShel is also working on apps that will alert your loved ones and the police when you activate the case.

Pittsburgh’s Hottest Showcasing Startup – Reader’s Choice

AthleteTrax - AthleteTrax provides a free, cloud-based athletic league and team management tool. Our tool gives athletic leagues and teams the ability to access exclusive discounts, have real-time insight into who is attending team events, automatic event reminders, two-way mass text message communication, improve performance through workout/video tracking, the ability to reach a broader audience to raise funds, and more.

Congrats to both winners, and thanks to the rest of the showcasing startups and all our attendees!

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Kira M. Newman is a Tech Cocktail writer interested in the harsh reality of entrepreneurship, work-life balance, and psychology. She is the founder of The Year of Happy and has been traveling around the world interviewing entrepreneurs in Asia, Europe, and North America since 2011. Follow her @kiramnewman or contact


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