Tag: Incubator

Call it an incubator. Call it an accelerator. Call it whatever you want. But you might be calling it your new job.

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

Revving up: Portland Jaguar Land Rover incubator gains momentum with PDC, Drive Oregon

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

Visit TiE Pearl Incubator to hear founders share their fearless tales of fundraising. Well, okay, maybe with some fear.

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

Another day, another pitch opportunity: TiE Oregon Pitch Club takes place October 10

You’re probably getting all prepped to belt out your pitch to the Portland Seed Fund over at Ringlers, but I wanted to let you know that there’s another opportunity to practice your pitch, TiE Oregon is hosting Pitch Club, this Thursday. So whether you nail it tonight or completely flail, you’ll live to pitch again. Read More

Portland startup accelerators go to 11: TiE Pearl joins the growing number of accelerators around the Rose City

While it’s not yet there, Portland is getting ridiculously close to having—like brewpubs—more tech startup accelerators per capita than anyone else. The latest addition? TiE Oregon is expanding its accelerator program to the Pearl, partnering with ISITE Design to open TiE Pearl. Read More

TiE Oregon and Melvin Mark start up a startup incubator in Hillsboro

There used to be a time when Portland didn’t have much of a support system for the startups here in town. But that’s starting to change.

The latest endeavor is a new startup incubator in Hillsboro, backed by TiE Oregon and Melvin Mark. Sound interesting? They’re opening the new space to the public on Thursday evening. Read More

Meet the Startup: Cooking up a different kind of startup with KitchenCru

While Meet the Startup tends to focus on the Portland tech scene, we’re interested in all kinds of startups—and the people who help them.

That’s why we took the time to catch up with KitchenCru, a kitchen incubator that helps those entrepreneurs in the food world get off the ground. Read More

PIE: From side project to startup

A few years back, I had the opportunity to run a BarCamp Portland session called “From side project to startup.” I’ve always liked that thought. Because it’s a dream that so many of us have. To work on something we love—even if it’s on the side. And for that project to build so much momentum and find users and find revenue. And that we could make it our job. Day in and day out.

Well, I never believed it would happen to me. But with Silicon Florist and PIE, it has. Read More

Five reasons your startup won’t be getting into that incubator or accelerator

New models for accelerators and incubators are becoming the cornerstone of the early stage startup. And it’s not just juggernauts like Y Combinator, TechStars, and 500 Startups. There are any number of incubators popping up all over the place.

But what’s it take to get into one of these things? And even more importantly, what are the red flags that are going to prevent you from making it into these programs? Read More

Why a coworking incubator program is good for Portland

[Editor: I received news late last week that one of Portland’s original coworking spaces, Souk, was launching a new $8/day drop-in incubator. At first blush, I didn’t really understand how it constituted an incubator. So I asked for some clarification. What I received from Alex Linsker at Souk seemed like a damn fine guest post. With permission, I’m sharing it here.]

Coworking (at least at souk Jellies and other special programs here, and at some other spaces and Jellies I’ve worked at in other cities) can work as an incubator program that’s self-led, peer-to-peer. Read More

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