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

A few frequently asked questions about PIE and PIE Shop

Super happy to have a bunch of awesome founders considering applying to PIE. Now, the questions about PIE and PIE Shop are starting to roll in. So we thought we would take the opportunity to answer a few of them. What's the difference between PIE and PIE Shop? Programmatically, nothing. Focus wise, PIE helps founders … Continue reading A few frequently asked questions about PIE and PIE Shop

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

Indie.vc v3 Winter Tour stops by Portland

If you've been keeping tabs on the changing world of venture capital, you've no doubt come across Indie.vc, one of the premier funds experimenting with new ways of financing businesses — without killing the business in the process. We wanted a path that gave founders time to deeply understand the levers of their business and … Continue reading Indie.vc v3 Winter Tour stops by Portland