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Getting an early start on 2016: Accelerator and startup opportunities

Where did the year go? We’ve been meeting with awesome startups. And working with amazing accelerators. And helping our alums. And, and, and… time just flew by.

But we know you’ve been busy too. So we wanted to take a few minutes to highlight some opportunities that you might have missed—both for awesome startups and those who are interested in helping awesome startups.

1776 Challenge Cup Portland

This year, PIE is proud to partner with our peers back east to play the local host for the 1776 Challenge Cup competition. The free, quick pitch competition provides startups an opportunity to showcase their efforts to their local community and the possibility of moving on to larger and larger stages at regional and global competitions.

All of the regional winners and a host of wild cards will be invited to participate in the Challenge Cup Global Finals next June in Washington, D.C. There, they’ll compete for over $1 million in prizes, as well as spend time with the investors, customers, media and other key connections that can help them succeed on a global scale.

PIE is currently seeking startups for the December 10, 2015, local competition at OMSI. We’re looking for startups that are providing solutions for: cities, education, energy, food, health, money, security, and transportation.

Working on something that fits? Please submit your 1776 Challenge Cup application no later than 11:59PM Pacific Time on November 30, 2015.

For more information or to attend the event, visit 1776 Challenge Cup Local: Portland, hosted by PIE.

Interested in helping startups?

Portland is home to a number of incubators and accelerators that support both local startups—and entrepreneurs from around the world.

If you’ve ever been interested in helping startups, there are a number of interesting opportunities to get involved:

(Image courtesy Hockley Photography. Used with permission.)

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Oregon Story Board Now Accepting Applications

Calling all digital story tellers; our sister accelerator, Oregon Story Board (OSB) is now accepting applications for their fall class!

Located in OMSI (yeah, talk about office envy), the folks at OSB are fueling a new digital storytelling ecosystem here in Oregon. Their goal is to increase the economic viability, innovation, impact and stature of companies that fit within this network.

It seems like just yesterday that this crazy seed was planted. Now here they are launching a new program and running a great co-working space.

Applications are open until July 15th, so get on it. Or you can procrastinate and wait until the last minute like you do with your PIE application.  If you’ve ever applied to PIE, the questions on the OSB application might look strangely familiar.  Ya know, siblings, we share things.

*Apply here*

Oh, and check out this video they made about digital story telling.