Ah spring! Birds are singing. Flowers are blooming. And the stress levels are about to rise significantly as you start to weigh your options for startup accelerators—and whether that model is even right for your company. Portland Seed Fund is already well underway. And now, local startup accelerator PIE has opened applications for its next class.
Unfamiliar with PIE? It’s a three-month startup accelerator program focused on companies that scale rapidly with a small amount of capital. Which means it’s primarily focused on tech. Startups selected to participate in the program receive $20,000 in seed funding, office space, three month of intensive mentorship, and creative support from Wieden+Kennedy—plus getting to hang out with a bunch of other awesome entrepreneurs and startups.
What’s the downside? Well, you have to hang out with me, day in and day out, since I’m the cofounder and general manager.
I know, I know. No one said this was going to be easy.
The program has been running more nearly five years as a coworking space. And this will be our fourth class of the accelerator program. PIE alums include Urban Airship, Simple, Athletepath, Cloudability, AppThwack, Little Bird, Lytics, Stand In, Switchboard, and Orchestrate, among others. And there are a ton of awesome mentors from those companies, as well as folks from around the startup scene, here and elsewhere.
Long story short, we’d really like to see what you’re building. So if you think PIE would be a good fit, please apply via AngelList or our application form. Applications are due on April 30, 2014. And we accept applications from companies around the world. So long as they’re willing to come join us in Portland for three months.
[Full disclosure: I am the cofounder of PIE.]