In an economy where even bakers need to understand web analytics, every company is on some level a technology company. But there are, of course, the tech companies that blaze trails and create the breakthroughs that change our daily lives — and perhaps generate impressive profits along the way.
The experts consulted for this list say 2018 was not a time of new milestones for the local tech industry, as much as it was a year when Pittsburgh comfortably and confidently settled into its reputation as a global hub for cutting-edge research and development.
“Finally our region really has a belief in itself as a place for innovation to start and to grow and to take hold,” says Terri Glueck, director of community development and communications for Innovation Works. “That’s incredibly exciting.”
Here is our list of the top tech companies to watch in 2019:
2019 is the year this Craig Street-based startup goes worldwide. nanoGriptech was just awarded $1.7 million from a venture capital firm based in Taiwan to help the company expand the Asian client base for its revolutionary Setex® material. Mimicking the natural adhesive properties of gecko feet, Setex® is essentially a silent velcro with a wide variety of applications in fields from apparel to medical care to robotics. The company was originally spun off from Carnegie Mellon University’s Department of Mechanical Engineering in 2009. Since then, it has won numerous research awards from institutions like the National Science Foundation and NASA.