Portland Incubator Experiment plans to leave Wieden+Kennedy building


The ad agency has hosted startup accelerator for more than five years.

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BY JACOB PALMER | OB DIGITAL NEWS EDITOR

The ad agency Wieden+Kennedy has housed the Portland Incubator Experiment for more than five years.

But that setup is soon to change, OregonLive.com reports.

PIE’s clubhouse, in back of the advertising firm’s main office, housed many of Portland’s best-known young companies, including Urban Airship, Cloudability, Little Bird and Geoloqi. PIE will move into CENTRL Office, a coworking space that opened late last year and already hosts the Oregon Angel Fund. PIE will be on the west side of the new facility, on its second floor.

In a statement announcing the move, PIE general manager Rick Turoczy said the startup incubator has long wanted to make PIE more accessible to the city’s young companies and entrepreneurs.

“As part of the move, PIE gains the opportunity to collaborate with CENTRL on more programming and gatherings for the broader Portland startup community,” Turoczy said in the statement. “Furthermore, it presents opportunities to make PIE’s existing resources and alums more accessible to everyone in startup community, whether they have been formally connected to PIE or not.”

The Portland Business Journal reports that PIE would like to host more events, which would only be possible with a move.

“… We always felt like we needed a bit more space,” he wrote. “And so we’ve been working for the past couple of years trying to come up with a way to pull that off. Now, we’re happy to report that we’ve figured that out.

 




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