What to expect when PIE opens applications for the next cohort

It's that time of year. Time for PIE to start looking for another group of promising founders and startups. It's also time for PIE to engage in a new experiment. And that experiment — which will come as a surprise to absolutely no one — is that, for the first time in more than a … Continue reading What to expect when PIE opens applications for the next cohort

Upcoming live online events designed for the Portland startup community — and the broader startup community, in general

As we all continue to weather the social and physical isolation of the ongoing pandemic, PIE is working to provide ways to help the Portland startup community overcome this feeling of disconnectedness. One way we're doing that is by hosting live Q&A sessions on the PIE Crowdcast channel. The easiest ways to stay in the … Continue reading Upcoming live online events designed for the Portland startup community — and the broader startup community, in general

How to engage with PIE and our community: Your guide to PIE content channels, new and old

As you may have noticed, all of this pandemic quarantine activity — or lack thereof — has caused PIE to ramp up its content creation game. It's all part of our effort to help you feel more connected to the Portland startup community and informed about how to best build your startup, even in this … Continue reading How to engage with PIE and our community: Your guide to PIE content channels, new and old

A new experiment: Q&A sessions with PIE mentors, founders, and community members

Like any person or company, PIE has always had a long list of things we've been meaning to do. Or projects we've been meaning to launch. But folks get busy. Priorities shift. And somehow, those things continue to remain on those lists. Undone. Now, in the midst of a global pandemic, we find ourselves at … Continue reading A new experiment: Q&A sessions with PIE mentors, founders, and community members

Join us for PIE Demo Day from the comfort of your socially distant Web browser

Hoping you and yours are happy, healthy, and safe during these strange times. Admittedly, we're feeling more than a little bit odd trying to pull off a PIE Demo Day in this atmosphere. Given that it's a far cry from our regular demo day. But we also believe that folks could use a glimpse of … Continue reading Join us for PIE Demo Day from the comfort of your socially distant Web browser

PIE Demo Day 2020 moves to online only

We regret having to share the following news. In the wake of the COVID-19 Novel Coronavirus outbreak, PIE and its partners have made the decision to cancel the traditional in-person PIE Demo Day, slated for March 19, 2020, at Revolution Hall. There are any number of reasons for making this decision. The primary reason is … Continue reading PIE Demo Day 2020 moves to online only

PIE testimony to Portland City Council on 2019 accomplishments

When PIE spun out of Wieden+Kennedy a few years back, we decided that one of the new experiments should be testing the waters as a nonprofit startup accelerator. Which meant that, rather than relying wholly on generating revenue to keep the accelerator running, we would also have the opportunity to partner with grantmaking organizations with … Continue reading PIE testimony to Portland City Council on 2019 accomplishments

To better accelerate Zebra startups, we need to better understand Zebra startups

Here at PIE, we've been following the Zebra Movement with great interest. And it's not just because a PIE alum is among the cofounders of the effort. (Although, we're super proud of that.) It's because the model they're proposing — which counters the prevailing "Unicorn" startup thinking — seems to both resonate and reflect a … Continue reading To better accelerate Zebra startups, we need to better understand Zebra startups

Puppet partners with PIE

We've had the pleasure and privilege of partnering with any number of interesting companies throughout the ten-year history of PIE. From our founding partner Wieden+Kennedy to global brands like Coca-Cola and Google to our current partners Autodesk, Prosper Portland, and Stoel-Rives. We've even had the chance to partner with PIE alums like Uncorked Studios. But … Continue reading Puppet partners with PIE