PIE a la mode: A new class in an old dairy

Today, we're announcing our fifth startup accelerator class — after a four year hiatus —through a program funded in part by Prosper Portland and its Inclusive Business Resource Network. The program, helmed by PIE program manager Chevonne James, is housed in The Dairy Building in the central eastside industrial district at the southeast corner of … Continue reading PIE a la mode: A new class in an old dairy

Making the PIE bigger: PIE Shop, an experiment in accelerating manufactured products

At PIE, we're always looking for opportunities to apply our learnings—and the knowledge from our community—in new and different ways. That motivation to continually explore and experiment has been at the core of our work for nearly a decade. It was the impetus for founding the project. It's why we converted from a coworking space … Continue reading Making the PIE bigger: PIE Shop, an experiment in accelerating manufactured products

Not just tech, anymore: PIE explores support for consumer products companies

Historically, we've focused on tech companies with PIE — and more explicitly SaaS and mobile companies. Usually with a B2B bent. But that hasn't prevented hundreds of consumer products companies with compelling concepts from reaching out to us. From clothing to mead to protein bars to box subscriptions, we've had the pleasure of comparing notes … Continue reading Not just tech, anymore: PIE explores support for consumer products companies

Think you can’t make it to the 1776 Challenge Cup Portland? Think again

If you've had any experience with PIE in the past — be it events, visiting mentors, or Demo Days — you know that we love our livestreaming. So when it comes to something like the 1776 Challenge Cup Portland, what are we going to do? That's right. Livestream it. Admittedly, we would much rather have … Continue reading Think you can’t make it to the 1776 Challenge Cup Portland? Think again

1776 Challenge Cup Portland 2017: And the startups pitching are…

Thanks again to all of the amazing startups who applied to be part of the first stage of the global 1776 Challenge Cup competition. We're proud to be the hosts in Portland. So proud in fact, that everyone who applied was automatically advanced to the second round of the next PIE cohort selection. Now, it's … Continue reading 1776 Challenge Cup Portland 2017: And the startups pitching are…

Prosper Portland selects PIE to carry on diversity and inclusion incubator efforts

If you follow PIE on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook, you know that we've been hinting at some new flavors of PIE. Now, we're able to reveal one of those new efforts: PIE is among 11 partners who have been chosen to help Prosper Portland (the organization formerly known as the Portland Development Commission (PDC)) on its … Continue reading Prosper Portland selects PIE to carry on diversity and inclusion incubator efforts

Applications still open for 1776 Challenge Cup, PIE… and Shark Tank

PIE is excited to once again play host to the first round of the 1776 Challenge Cup, a global competition taking place in 75 cities around the world in an effort to identify promising early stage startups who are talking complex challenges that impact cities, education, energy, food, health, money, security, and transportation. So excited, … Continue reading Applications still open for 1776 Challenge Cup, PIE… and Shark Tank

REMINDER: You have one week left to apply for the 1776 Challenge Cup Portland

PIE is once again playing host to the 1776 Challenge Cup Portland, a pitch competition for early stage startups. [1776 Challenge Cup is a] global competition for the world’s most promising startups tackling complex, regulated challenges to share their vision on a global stage, engage with industry leaders, and win grand prizes. That's all good. … Continue reading REMINDER: You have one week left to apply for the 1776 Challenge Cup Portland