Portland Incubator Experiment Now Accepting Applications for Next Class of Startups

PIE is looking for its next batch of entrepreneurs and startups. Are you one of them?

Applications are due June 12, 2012, and they’re looking for 6 startups; class starts in mid-July. Check out their press release below for more info and how to apply.

“Before we go forward, a quick look back:

We are incredibly proud of what the startups in the first official class of PIE have accomplished, and the participating startups themselves seemed pretty excited about their PIE experiences. We had success and… learning. We were happy with the progress our accelerator made in its first iteration, but we found lots of places to improve: some connections were too weak and some program elements were less-than-stellar.

After the last class graduated, we took some time to step back and assess the entire PIE program, to identify the gaps, and to dig into the places we felt didn’t meet expectations — or failed outright. We asked our alums, our mentors, our startups, and our sponsors to chime in as well. The feedback was blunt, insightful, and passionate.

We took the feedback. We argued. We endeavored to think of all the ways we could make PIE deliver MORE value to people like you. We took all of that, and we crafted this next iteration of PIE.

So why should you consider applying for the next class of PIE?

Well, you’ll have the opportunity to:

Sit with some of the most creative people in the world:
Startups can be creative with technology. But what about promoting those efforts? When it comes to communications, few manage them better — or more creatively — than Wieden+Kennedy.

We’ve restructured our relationship with W+K to give startups access to the type of creative power generally only available to those with substantial marketing teams and budgets.

As W+K Executive Creative Director Mark Fitzloff put it: “The PIE/W+K relationship has been a fantastic collaboration between two very different creative communities. The W+K creative teams are anxious to apply their skills to amplifying a whole new crop of innovative ideas.”

Talk to some of the most influential investors:
Not every startup wants to pursue outside funding. But every
startup should be talking to investors to hone their stories and gain insights about the market. To ensure that’s happening, we’ve been working to improve our relations with the investment community. We’ll be rotating through a series of local and visiting investors, from early stage Angels to later stage
Venture Capitalists.

Share space with some of the most promising startups:
A great mentoring relationship is predicated on unfettered access to someone who has been through it all before. PIE is no different. That’s why we are pleased to announce that PIE graduates Cloudability and Athletepath will remain residents in PIE as “startups in residence,” offering our next batch of startups massively valuable insight, guidance on how to the most of PIE, and a live window into the “what happens next” phase of building a successful startup.

Get a more diverse view of your potential:
If you want a global proposition, you need to consider every market. Not just the US. We are excited to announce that PIE will be partnering with Nairobi’s iHub and W+K Tokyo’s Open Office to allow PIE startups to informally test feasibility and viability across the spectrum of economies, from emerging markets to hotbeds of consumerism.

Discuss concepts with global brands:
We loved our partners for the last PIE class. We learned a lot together. PIE is continuing to work with Google, Coca Cola, and Nike. And we’ve had the opportunity to explore a first project with Intel. We also reworked the program to ensure that both the brands and the startups are getting benefits out of the relationship.

Last but not least, we’ve increased the level of staffing support at PIE to provide a better experience for our startups. Kirsten Golden (kirsten@piepdx.com) will be officially joining Rick Turoczy as PIE crew. She’ll be taking on the role of PIE’s Class Manager, serving as the primary point of contact for our startups currently engaged in the program. Whether startups need to vent or need a kick in the ass, she’ll be there. She’ll be PIE’s primary startup liaison and ombuds(wo)man. (She’ll also talk about herself in third person, apparently.)

So we are excited to get back to work. To help teams move further faster. And to be part of another great class of amazing entrepreneurs.

Sorry for the delay. Buckle up. And apply now. Applications are
due June 12, 2012. Class begins in mid-July.”

Interested? Head on over to piepdx.com. We hope to see you soon.

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