Demo Day: AlphaLab Unveils 7 Startups

May 14, 2013

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,” with demos by technologies coming out of Carnegie Mellon, the University of Pittsburgh, and Duquesne.

Here are the presenting startups:

  • SolePower: Shoe insoles that generate power from walking and can charge devices like your smartphone. Launching a Kickstarter campaign today. Cofounded by Matthew Stanton and Hahna Alexander.
  • Workshirt: Creators of Photailer, an app for requesting stock photography, and HitchedPic, a wedding photo app. Founded by Matthew Pegula and Dimitry Bentsionov.
  • Digital Dream Labs: An educational game for children where, instead of controlling the characters by swiping your tablet, you place physical pieces on a board (representing actions) and the character follows them, almost like programming. Kids can participate in a pilot program running from August to December. Cofounded by entertainment technologists Matt Stewart and Justin Sabo, and game designer Peter Kinney.
  • Woo with Style: Fashion shopping for men that analyzes your preferences and serves up links to clothes you should buy.
  • NetBeez: A network-monitoring tool that simulates user interactions to catch any errors before real users are impacted.
  • PoweredAnalytics: A faster, cloud-based platform for predictive analytics.
  • Meaningfy: Business intelligence for sales and marketing, including analysis of trends. Founded by Andre Lessa.

Demo day will be livestreamed here at 3:30 pm ET.

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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