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

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

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

We’re super interested in the startup you’re building and we’d love to hear more about it

Here at PIE, we love founders and founding teams. The passion, creativity, and grit that drive people to pursue their vision is a constant source of intrigue — and inspiration. And it's a pursuit we want to encourage. And facilitate. We believe that you should be building your company. And we want you to do … Continue reading We’re super interested in the startup you’re building and we’d love to hear more about it

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

Please join us — when else? — Pi Day for PIE Demo Day 2019

It's hard to believe that it's been a little more than four years since the last PIE Demo Day. Time, as they tend to say, does indeed fly. During that hiatus, we've managed to accomplish quite a bit. Quietly, mind you. Out of the limelight of the stage. But we've still been hard at work. … Continue reading Please join us — when else? — Pi Day for PIE Demo Day 2019

PIE announces partnership with Stoel Rives

We've had the pleasure of partnering with any number of corporations throughout our experiments. Now, we're partnering with Portland's largest law firm to ensure that startups in our community have efficient access to mentorship from legal experts. This collaboration will allow PIE to offer its startups resources and mentorship opportunities with experienced Stoel Rives attorneys … Continue reading PIE announces partnership with Stoel Rives

Beta testing PIE Shop, application deadline announced

While PIE has amassed nearly a decade of experience in assisting and accelerating early stage startups, the bulk of that experimentation has been with software companies. So when we embarked on a new project to apply PIE's startup accelerator methodology to companies that manufacture physical objects, we wanted to be sure we knew how those … Continue reading Beta testing PIE Shop, application deadline announced