Pittsburgh startups get a shot in the arm. AlphaLab firms ranked among U.S. best

A merger of tech and collegiate athletics has two AlphaLab companies ranked as top seeds among the nation’s college startups.

South Side team sports scheduling and communications platform AthleteTrax and Grove City mobile athletic recruiting app ProfilePasser both made New York-based Inc. magazine’s list of America’s Coolest College Startups of 2014.

Chosen from a list of nearly 100 startups founded by college students, the companies are among 16 finalists that will be narrowed down to a single winner through readers’ votes cast in a March Madness-style bracket. The companies face off against each other in the first round of voting, which ends Monday, and tournament winners will be announced April 16.

Read more in The Post-Gazette.