Why we’re extending the PIE application period until August 9, 2020

We realize that referring to what we’ve all been going through as “a weird and unusual time” is an understatement. And we also realize that many folks in our startup community have a number of other compounding stressors during this time.  It’s not just a global pandemic weighing on them. It’s any number of other … Continue reading Why we’re extending the PIE application period until August 9, 2020

The next PIE experiment: A virtual startup accelerator

If you’re familiar with the PIE program, at all, you know that physical proximity — founders getting to sit next to one another in a shared office space — has been the cornerstone of our program for more than a decade. But with the world the way it is, that opportunity to share a physical … Continue reading The next PIE experiment: A virtual startup accelerator

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

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

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

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

Our newest experiment: Introducing the consumer products accelerator inaugural class

It's no secret that PIE takes the "E" in our acronym very seriously. (The "E" stands for "experiment.") As such, we're always excited when someone approaches us with a new concept. And that's why when Built Oregon approached us with the idea of a consumer products accelerator, we jumped at the chance to work on … Continue reading Our newest experiment: Introducing the consumer products accelerator inaugural class