Tech 50 Preview: Start-Up of the Year

Don’t miss Tech 50 on November 1.

The Tech 50 Awards gala event is only a few weeks away so be sure to learn a little bit about each finalist beforehand. Below, are brief descriptions of finalists in the Start-Up of the Year category. More information on each finalist can be found by navigating to each company’s website. Look for a preview of each Tech 50 category on TechBurgher every other business day until the event on November 1.

For more information on the Tech 50 event or to register, contact the PTC Events Team at (412) 918-4229.

Allpoint Systems

Allpoint is a software company that offers 3-D processing services and solutions to large North American manufacturers, engineering firms and surveyors who increasingly rely on 3-D scanning to create as-built models, asset inventories and 3-D databases.

Branding Brand

Branding Brand powers mobile sites and apps for the world’s leading retailers, including American Eagle Outfitters, Ralph Lauren and Sephora. Founded by three entrepreneurs from Carnegie Mellon University, it is the largest mobile-commerce platform in the industry.

Para-Coat Technologies, Inc. (Vapor Armor)

Para-Coat Technologies specializes in conformal coating services and has branded a new proprietary process called Vapor Armor, which is a nanotechnology that protects electronic devices from accidental spills and drops into liquid.


Rhiza creates elegant, online business intelligence applications that help companies transform data into actionable insights and persuasive presentations. The company launched “Rhiza for Media” in 2012 to help media companies increase ad sales by offering advertisers new geo-targeting strategies.


SnapRetail provides leading e-marketing and sales software for locally-focused retailers nationwide. Because of Snap Retail, small retailers can plan marketing activities, promote their businesses online and sell daily offers from one web-based system.

Wombat Security Technologies, Inc.

Wombat develops interactive software-based cyber security training and filtering solutions to help organizations educate employees and protect against cyber threats. In 2011, Wombat enjoyed revenue growth of more than 400 percent, customer growth of more than 150 percent across several industry verticals, and 500 percent employee growth.

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