This batch of new tech firms—some in their earliest development stages; others fully funded—was chosen from a pool of over 400 applicants from around the world and features five groups from Portland, one from Eugene, and another from Santa Monica, California.
"I'm really looking forward to the challenge ahead of us with this class," says PIE co-founder Rick Turoczy. "The maturity of the companies and the depth of experience of the entrepreneurs is impressive."
As with the previous two sessions that PIE has hosted, these seven startups will be provided with office space at W+K and $20,000 in seed money, and will receive three months of mentorship from former PIE participants and folk from other successful tech ventures.
Here are the lucky seven:
- Carrot, a Eugene-based company whose program posts users' experiences with a smartphone app to the users' Facebook page.
- Orchestrate, a service that aims to help developers of web and smartphone apps by managing databases and offering features such as recommendations and location search.
- Splash, the California-based creators of a smartphone-only social network app.
- Smart Mocha, Portland designers of a wireless sensor that physically connects to a server and feeds a pre-programmed batch of information (inventory changes, spikes in traffic, etc.) to another computer.
- Switchboard, a college-specific Craigslist-like board for current and former students, administrators and parents, created by Reed College alums.
- Stand In, a Photoshop plugin that allows designers/developers to cook up an iPhone or iPad app without having to be experts in coding.
- FX Serve, a local group developing software to allow designers to insert dynamic content into videos.