AppCertain is Giving Parents Tools to Monitor Digital Natives aka Kids

By | Dec 3, 2013 at 9:00 am

Part of what makes the entrepreneurial scene so interesting is the diversity among startups. That is, one day you could be talking with a person who runs big data analytics to fulfill government contracts while the next day you get to interact with a…

Startups & Apps

Inktd Offers Cloud-Based Scheduling for Tattoo Shops

By | Nov 19, 2013 at 9:00 am

The biggest problem for tattoo artists is no-shows, and the percentage of no-shows for tattoo appointments is very high compared to other industries. Based on industry statistics, tattoo shops lose an average of $300M per year due to this problem. The issue is compounded…

Location Based Services

Mitch Turck, Founder of Vendalize or Disguised Comedian?

By | Nov 16, 2013 at 10:00 am

After founding, Mitch Turck moved on to found Vendalize as a local search built specifically for your phone. It uses a “tags-as-keywords” model to provide the framework for a clean data, revenue, and engagement model. By keeping the data short and sweet, Vendalize…

Gear & Gadgets

Digital Dream Labs is Live, Officially Launches Kickstarter Campaign

By | Nov 13, 2013 at 9:00 am

“We spend the first year of a child’s life teaching it to walk and talk and the rest of its life to shut up and sit down. There’s something wrong there,” says Justin Sabo, quoting Neil deGrasse Tyson. With regard to his startup Digital…

Social Good

Lily&Strum: A Successful Re-Branding

By | Nov 5, 2013 at 9:00 am

Let’s do a quick startup name etymology with Lily&Strum. “Lily” comes from the beautiful lilies that Traci Lipple would receive from her co-founder and husband Joe as a “just because” gift. The “Strum” is an homage to Joe Strummer, the musician who inspired their…


AlphaLab Demo Day: 9 Startups Pitch in Pittsburgh

By | Oct 23, 2013 at 5:00 pm

Today, nine startups took the stage in Pittsburgh to pitch their ideas to investors at AlphaLab‘s demo day. AlphaLab is a 20-week accelerator program where startups get $25,000 in funding, mentorship, and office space to kickstart their ideas. Here are the nine companies that…

Celebrate Startup Tour

Pittsburgh’s Hottest Showcasing Startups Are…

By | Oct 14, 2013 at 12:32 pm

Last Friday was Tech Cocktail’s Pittsburgh Mixer and Startup Showcase at CAVO.  As always, we held our Hottest Showcasing Startup series, including the pre-event Reader’s Choice online poll, as well as the Best Pitch award, as determined by the Live SMS poll. Pittsburgh’s HOTTEST SHOWCASING…

Celebrate Startup Tour

Who is Pittsburgh’s Hottest Showcasing Startup? [POLL]

By | Sep 20, 2013 at 6:46 pm

Tech Cocktail has traveled the country, from Dallas to DC, Boise to Boston, uncovering the hottest startups in more than 20 cities.  Now, the word is out: winning startups from each city will go onto the next round and get the chance to qualify…


Demo Day: AlphaLab Unveils 7 Startups

By | May 14, 2013 at 9:37 am

Pittsburgh accelerator AlphaLab is holding its tenth demo day today. Seven startups, who got $25,000 in funding, 20 weeks of mentorship, and office space, will be pitching their products onstage to an audience of press and investors. The event also includes a “university preview,”…


AlphaLab Launches Hardware Accelerator: AlphaLab Gear

By | May 7, 2013 at 11:00 am

Today, Pittsburgh startup accelerator AlphaLab announced AlphaLab Gear, a new accelerator program for hardware and robotics startups. AlphaLab Gear will be longer than the traditional accelerator, running from October to May and offering startups $25,000 or $50,000 in funding. They also get office space;…


From Gluten-Free Beer to Cosmetics: AlphaLab Accelerator Demos 6 Startups

By | Oct 25, 2012 at 1:00 pm

AlphaLab, the startup accelerator based out of Pittsburgh, is graduating its latest class of six startups today. The 20-week program provides $25,000 in funding and office space to selected companies. “This cycle is … a reflection of the robust entrepreneurial ecosystem in Pittsburgh with…


The Future of Self-Monitoring Health Devices; An Interview with BodyMedia CEO Christine Robins

By | Aug 5, 2012 at 2:00 pm

Some entrepreneurs assume the role of their startup’s CEO with little to no tangible leadership experience.  For these individuals, it’s a combination of being able to learn on the job quickly and surrounding themselves with with the right mentors and a strong team.  Later stage startups,…


Want to Start a Company? Take a Few Months Off to Travel First

By | Jun 9, 2012 at 10:00 am

Last year, entrepreneur Adam Lyons bought a one-way ticket to South America. He spent time volunteering with Bolivian children, teaching them to make crafts to sell – a pretty entrepreneurial activity for a kid. In fact, he found the whole region to be very…


Demo Day: Pittsburgh’s AlphaLab Launches 6 Startups

By | May 23, 2012 at 5:00 pm

AlphaLab was ranked as the 15th best accelerator in 2011, and today it added 6 new startups to its portfolio. Since 2008, Innovation Works’ AlphaLab has offered 5-month programs in Pittsburgh to mentor and kickstart startups, with office space and $25,000 in funding. Here are…


AlphaLab Launches 6 More Startups in Pittsburgh

By | Oct 26, 2011 at 11:40 am

Yesterday in Pittsburgh, Innovation Works’ AlphaLab startup accelerator program launched another 6 companies at its demo day. Twice a year, up to 6 promising companies are selected to participate in the 20 week program. The current group of companies has been at it since…


AlphaLab Launches 5 Pittsburgh Startups

By | May 12, 2011 at 6:58 pm

In Pittsburgh yesterday, AlphaLab, the three year old startup accelerator program which is part of Innovation Works, one of the most active seed-stage investors in the country, hosted their annual demo day launching five new startups. Innovation Works has created such successes as ModCloth which has…