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.
There was a time, not so long ago, when Portland had an embarrassment of riches on the startup incubator and accelerator front. But as the pendulum swung from early stage to growth stage—and as regional offices and bigger players promised increasingly attractive wages and benefits—the once crowded incubator and accelerator community thinned. But all of that may be changing in 2018.
Never underestimate the value of peer support and connections. It’s one of the things that makes services like Switchboard so compelling. And now they’re using that same power of connectivity to help innovative folks get more connected to their peers—in the real world. Introducing the Switchboard Higher Education Innovation Fellowship, a structured year-long program with both real world and virtual collaboration.
Look. I get it. You’re busy. Doing startups is hard. And time consuming and stressful. But no matter how awesome your product is it won’t go anywhere if no one knows about it. So you’ve got to take time to put yourself out there. And get on stage from time to time. And here’s a great opportunity: the 1776 Challenge Cup Portland.
Portland does a great job of building acquirable companies. Because we have an incredible knack for finding gaps and building solutions that bridge those gaps. We’re Bridgetown. What would you expect? So when an awesome Portland company like Little Bird becomes that bridging component for a company like Sprinklr, it’s something to be celebrated. Read More
When looking at the world of apps, many folks would think that the last thing the world needs is another photosharing app. But those folks might be wrong. Take a look at PIE alum Fleck, who is well on its way to proving that there are very real opportunities—by taking on the crowded photosharing app market with a product that focuses on the quality of content. Read More
It seems oddly appropriate to be sitting here at PIE today. On 3/14/15. It is, after all, the most perfect Pi day most of us—at least us folks who write dates that way—will ever experience. And while sitting here at PIE is an entirely different PIE experience than that which I’m used to, it’s a particularly momentous one. Why? Because after today, this space at 1227 NW Davis is no longer PIE. Read More
Ah summer! Birds are singing. The sun is shining. People are out and about. And apparently the accelerators are pulling together a whole new crop of awesome startups from the Portland startup scene. This week, two startup reveals happened. PIE announced their current class. And the Startup PDX Challenge solicited your input on potential startups for their program—before Friday, August 8. Read More
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. Read More