Nine companies received a combined $975,000 in funding in November and December of 2012, and three promising commercialization projects at nearby universities received a combined $125,000 in funding from Innovation Works, the Ben Franklin Technology Partners office in Southwestern Pennsylvania.
The investments are as follows:
StatEasy is the next generation sports media company based on a software platform that helps teams integrate their stats and video and generate media products.
ActivAided Orthotics has developed a line of Postural Training Apparel to eliminate back pain by training self-corrective habits. ActivAided's first product, RecoveryAid, was found to decrease back pain in 90% of users, helping them return to their desired active lifestyles.
ShowClix delivers full-service ticketing solutions for arts venues, live performances and special events. Event producers can also take advantage of unique event promotion tools on social media and a scalable ticket scanner app.
Tunessence offers a virtual guitar teacher in your web browser. The entertaining and easy-to-use platform creates a new way to learn and teach music online. The software listens to the student as they play and provides note-by-note feedback, guiding students through favorite songs.
XACTIX manufactures etching equipment which uses xenon difluoride gas to etch silicon and other materials. Its largest market is manufacturers of MEMS (Microelectromechanical systems) devices, but XACTIX equipment is also used for other applications in the semiconductor and medical device markets
AutoRef lets consumers compare guaranteed offers from dealerships without visiting a lot. These offers are guaranteed for 72 hours and include financing, accessories and dealer incentives. All of the negotiation is done online in an open forum with dealerships.
FutureDerm approaches beauty from a scientific perspective, offering a line of beauty products containing innovative formulations with extensive laboratory testing and physician approval.
Kextil software utilizes industrial strength speech recognition and bluetooth to wirelessly connect a field technician with his mobile device.
SenSevere LLC, Pittsburgh (Southside): $200,000
SenSevere has developed and is commercializing a hydrogen sensor for chemically and thermally severe environments that provides real-time safety and compliance monitoring solutions in the power generation, environmental, and chemicals manufacturing industries.