There was a time, not so long ago, when Portland had a plethora of incubators and accelerators. Corporations, organizations, and venture capital were all part of the family of accelerators designed to help early stage companies in Portland. And while the number of accelerators is only a fraction of what it was, the learnings from those efforts are creating new and different entities. Like the new Jaguar Land Rover Innovation Labs.
Remember when I said it was feeling a bit like a Portland startup accelerator renaissance? Well, today upped the ante. Because Portland had two new accelerator announcements. R/GA announced the first Portland version of their series of brand-powered accelerators—like ones they’ve done with LA Dodgers and Snap—and Uncorked Studios announced a startup accelerator in collaboration with Autodesk and PIE.
When you have a rolling schedule, you get to make startup cohort announcements twice as often. And such is the case with Portland’s Jaguar Land Rover Tech Incubator, who just announced the 7th cohort of companies going through the incubator.
There once was a time when Portland was home to a bevy of incubators and accelerators. And during those times, it seemed that there was always some deadline or another looming. Now that there are fewer organizations looking for startup applications, however, it can be easy to forget those deadlines. It’s okay. I’ll remind you.
Regardless of your feelings about the modern day relevance of Daylight Saving Time, it’s over this weekend. Which means—unless you happen to be visiting Arizona or something—you sort of have an extra hour this weekend. So why don’t you use that hour to complete accelerator applications? I mean, really. It’s for your own good. Read More
Hey you. Yeah, you! I mean, what does this look like, some platform for rhetorical composition…? Ahem. Sorry. I got a little fired up there. But that happens. When applications are due. And there’s one looming: Jaguar Land Rover Incubator applications close this weekend. Read More
The dynamics of the accelerator scene here in Portland have changed a bit over the past year or so. With a lot of the hoopla giving way to more metered and quiet activity. No big announcements. No splashy Demo Days. But gosh darn it, I miss the hoopla. So it’s nice to see Portland’s Jaguar Land Rover Incubator making some noise about its inaugural class of startups. Read More
While it’s always nice to see the significant and measurable economic impact accelerators have for the startups they support, I’m equally pleased to see these startup resources growing, themselves. So when they’re hiring, that’s a really good thing. And these days, if you’re in Portland and interested in learning the ropes, you’ve got a few different incubator and accelerator gigs from which to choose. Read More
While Portland has a bunch of awesome organizations designed to incubate and accelerate startup activity, we haven’t seen a consumer brand backed accelerator on the scene for nearly three years, since the Nike+ Accelerator powered by TechStars. That’s why I’ve been monitoring the progress on the Jaguar Land Rover incubator with bated breath. And I’m happy to report, they’re continuing to gain momentum. Read More
For those who haven’t been through it—and sometimes even for those who have—fundraising can be a strange and nebulous concept. That’s why it’s always good to hear from people who have been through it successfully. Because no two stories are the same. And they’re often rife with a series of failures along the way. Read More