Two Pittsburgh companies founded by young entrepreneurs, AthleteTrax and ProfilePasser, have made Inc. magazine’s “2014 America’s Coolest College Startups” list. Selected from nearly 100 college startups across the country, AthleteTrax and ProfilePasser are among 16 companies considered to be “the cream of the college entrepreneurship crop.”

Inc. reports that “Helped in part by low-cost technologies and an increased prevalence of entrepreneurship training at the university level, college students–and indeed those even younger–are making solid strides at founding companies.” Startups on the list span a variety of industries, from mobile applications and subscription boxes to cosmetic product makers. Additionally, the 16 winners were chosen according to criteria such as originality, pitch and growth potential.

A cloud-based tool to assist team sports with scheduling, communicating and fundraising, AthleteTrax came in second place out of 144 teams in George Washington University’s business plan competition, winning $21,000. It went on to raise $185,000 from angel investors and Pittsburgh’s leading accelerator, AlphaLab. An athletic recruiting app that connects high school athletes and college coaches on the field, ProfilePasser was one of nine startups accepted into AlphaLab last semester. The company, which launched its app in September and now has more than 600 users, has raised more than $25,000 and is in the process of raising a seed round of funding.

Cast your vote for the coolest college startup among the list of 16, in Inc.‘s March Madness-themed tournament. The winner will be announced on April 8.

See Inc.’s list of America’s Coolest College Startups.

Jennifer Baron

Jennifer has worked at the Mattress Factory, Brooklyn Museum of Art and Dahesh Museum of Art and is co-author of Pittsburgh Signs Project: 250 Signs of Western Pennsylvania. She also is co-coordinator...