Demystifying startups

At PIE, we've spent years mentoring, nurturing, and supporting early stage  startups — and the people who build them — in Portland, Oregon. It's all been part of our mission to "build better founders." A pursuit based on intensive mentorship and peer support that helps you gain a solid understanding of how to really build a business — separating the prevailing myths from the actual reality of being a founder.
If that sounds like something that could help your business, we’d love to hear from you.

An ever-changing experiment


With its origins in a conversation between Wieden+Kennedy, the largest privately held creative advertising agency in the world, and the Portland, Oregon, startup community, the Portland Incubator Experiment — known more commonly as PIE — has become an ongoing experiment designed to enable established organizations — corporations, government, and educational institutions, among others — to more effectively collaborate with startup communities in mutually beneficial ways. Throughout its history, PIE has served as a curated coworking space, a community event space, a startup accelerator, a flashpoint for corporate innovation, an accelerator for accelerators, and a home-away-from-home for startup types — and the startup curious — from around the world. It's all part of testing how startups, brands, and others can collaborate without killing each other. 



The PIE family

The PIE family includes hundreds of talented founders, startups, graduates, and sponsors —
as well as accelerators and incubators who inspire, fuel, and support creative entrepreneurs of all types.



  • AppFog (acquired)

  • Bac'n (acquired)

  • Bass Masta (acquired)

  • COLOURlovers (acquired)

  • Dovie

  • Epipheo (acquired)

  • Geoloqi (acquired)

  • Glider (acquired)

  • Gorlochs

  • Here File, File

  • Kickball

  • Kickstarter

  • LucentPDX

  • Maurerville

  • Mugasha

  • Paleo Plan (acquired)

  • Refresh Media

  • Showyou

  • Silicon Florist

  • Simple (acquired)

  • Sprintly (acquired)

  • Subscription Tools

  • Tindie (acquired)

  • Uncorked Studios

  • Urban Airship

  • VodPod (acquired)


  • Additive Care

  • AllGo

  • AppThwack (acquired)

  • Athletepath (acquired)

  • Audibility

  • bip

  • Bitter Housewife

  • Black Founders Matter

  • Brave Care

  • Built Oregon

  • Cairns

  • Chroma

  • Cloneless

  • Cloudability (acquired)

  • CMDSense

  • Code Scouts

  • DailyPath

  • De Las Mias

  • Deadstock Coffee

  • Dorsum

  • dot dot dash (formerly Stublisher)

  • Droplr

  • Edify

  • EstamosUnidos

  • Fleck

  • Foundry Collaborative

  • A Fourth Act

  • Goodwell + Co

  • HEM Mills

  • Hempure

  • Krumplr

  • KS12

  • Little Bird (acquired)

  • Lytics

  • Ma Wovens

  • MilkRun

  • Miru Vodka

  • Modern Adventure

  • MoPix

  • Morebots

  • Mountain Machine

  • Narrative

  • Nexgarden

  • Nocturne Collective

  • Nutmeg (acquired)

  • Odyne Space

  • Orchestrate (acquired)

  • Original Fare

  • Outdoor Project

  • Pan’s Mushroom Jerky

  • PDX Women In Tech

  • Poda Foods

  • Portland IQ

  • Praxis Department

  • Read the Docs

  • Revisu

  • Riff Cold Brew Coffee

  • Roberts

  • Roons

  • Rose City Games

  • Scopic

  • Sensi Grave Bikinis

  • Shop Tender

  • Smart Mocha (acquired)

  • Spaceman

  • Spotsi

  • Sprocketship

  • Stand In

  • Stayhound

  • Studio Kate

  • Supportland/Placemaker

  • Switchboard

  • Tan Tan Foods


  • Teak

  • Trestle

  • TREW

  • Vadio

  • Varcity

  • Velomacchi

  • VendScreen (acquired)

  • WANT

  • Werkhorse

  • WILD

  • Workfrom

  • WorldState



  • Daimler SPIN

  • Chehalem Valley Innovation Accelerator

  • Oregon Story Board

  • Startup PDX Challenge


  • Autodesk

  • Business Oregon

  • Coca-Cola

  • Daimler

  • Environments

  • Google

  • Intel

  • Intrinsic Ventures

  • Nike

  • Portland IQ

  • Prosper Portland

  • Puppet

  • Stoel Rives

  • Target

  • Uncorked Studios

  • Wieden+Kennedy



Join us in writing a guide to accelerators

Please join us in building the PIE Cookbook, an open source guide that pulls back the curtain on the accelerator process. To help anyone, anywhere build the startup accelerator of their dreams. Why are we doing this? Because we believe that each and every community — with the right tools — has the potential to assist and accelerate its most promising folks — further and faster — toward success.
And that’s good for everyone.


PIE hearts Portland

Portland, Oregon, boasts more microbreweries, restaurants, food carts, batch distilleries, and open source user groups per capita than any city in the world. Some call it the most entrepreneurial city, ever. It's determined to be the most green, friendly, equitable, inclusive, sustainable, bike-commutable, soccer-loving, and livable town possible — even as it deals with its increasing popularity as a destination. And if that's not good enough for you, it's 90 minutes from the ocean and 90 minutes from skiing and snowboarding, year round. Most importantly, entrepreneurs know it's the best place in the world to turn your business dream into a reality. To make your company work. To make it.