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PIE Press Release 
October 2, 2022 




Virtual format, Built Festival enable more founders to directly engage with community


OCTOBER 4, 2022 — PORTLAND, Ore. — PIE (, an ongoing experiment exploring how established organizations can collaborate with the startup community for mutual benefit, today announced the initial participants in its latest iteration of PIE Demo Day, a free, community-oriented event designed to celebrate the companies and founders that have participated in its startup accelerator program, being held online on October 12, 2022, starting at 3:14PM PDT. Attendees can register to attend the free online event by visiting


PIE Demo Day initially began in 2012 as a staged, in-person event featuring a series of presentations from startup founders “pitching” potential venture capital investors. The event has continued to morph over the years — and throughout the pandemic — and has been held as a virtual event for the past two years. While a recorded version of pitches will be a part of demo day activities, they will be decidedly secondary to the virtual tradeshow environment that allows each attendee to interact with startup founders from the program directly. As always, the event is free and open to the public. 


“Our primary objective with PIE Demo Day is to highlight the achievements of the founders in our program by engaging the broader startup community and Portland, in general, in celebration” said Rick Turoczy, cofounder and general manager, PIE. “We’ve learned over the years that the audience for our demo days is consistently interested in getting the opportunity to speak directly with the founders showcased at the event. So this year, we’re changing the traditional format of demo day to provide attendees with the opportunity to do exactly that.”


Startups from PIE, PIE for Our Neighbors, PIE Shop, and Slice of PIE currently slated to participate in the PIE Demo Day virtual tradeshow include:


  • BabbleBuy, your small biz activities hub

  • BuildingLens, building management that prioritizes occupant’s health and comfort

  • Buildly, product management for distributed teams

  • Ditto Pigeon, automated, programmable Instagram posts

  • DTocs, a sustainable, earth-friendly choice for disposable tableware

  • HotZot, your grandparents didn’t need herbicides to control weeds and neither do you

  • HUUB, a central hub for economic development and small business

  • Kit Switch, modular interiors to create the homes we need with the buildings we have

  • Kocchi, resilient off-grid communications

  • Missing Middle Housing Fund, doubling Oregon’s housing production

  • Momentum, your productivity coach app that goes everywhere you go

  • NearHear, music discovery for local shows

  • Radious, find a meeting space or private office right in your neighborhood

  • ReDram Program, convenient kiosks to solve plastic pollution

  • Re-Public, a dashboard for your personal dataverse 

  • Shilling, screen time platform that helps improve financial habits

  • Stumpworx, breathable, adjustable, lightweight, and comfortable prosthetic sockets

  • Teaminal, an agile meeting tool for remote teams

  • Thriving Design, versatile, sturdy DIY plant support systems in a snap

  • Toast, rethinking the way we stay warm outdoors

  • UrbanForm, automated zoning technology for better buildings, cities, and environments

  • Width by Height (WxH), simplifying how you decorate your walls


Additional companies from PIE programs may opt to be participate in the tradeshow up until the day of  the event.


Built Festival 2022

Participants in the PIE Consumer cohort, a collaboration with Built Oregon (, the nonprofit designed to champion the consumer products industry throughout Oregon, will be showcasing their products at the main event of the annual Built Festival, which takes place in person on October 21, 2022. Participants in Bridges, the Built program designed to engage BIPOC-founded consumer product companies with local retailers, will also be sampling their products at the event. For more information or to purchase tickets to attend the Built Festival Main Event, visit


Participating companies include:


  • Altitude Beverage, oat milk lattes with benefits

  • AVYN, nursing bras that adapt to your body as it changes

  • For Bitter For Worse, complex cocktails made with love, not alcohol

  • HAB, innovative and artistic hot sauces 

  • MISE Footwear, the new standard for kitchen shoes

  • One Breath Kombucha, a unique blend of kombucha and water kefir

  • Skaut, innovative Pack Coffees for the freshest coffee at your campsite or on the road

  • Voxapod, menstrual cups that reduce the stress of periods

  • Wooolybubs, sustainable, dissolvable baby shoes


Launched in 2019, the PIE Consumer accelerator leverages the resources of the “Silicon Valley of consumer products,” to provide mentorship, support, and community for founders of promising Oregon companies building companies around apparel, beauty, food & beverage, and outdoor, among others. Alumni include The Cracker King, Deadstock Coffee, Goodwill Co., Hibisbloom, Ice Queen, La Familia Cider, Pan’s Mushroom Jerky, Riff, and TREW.


About Built Oregon

Built Oregon is a 501(c)3 not for profit organization with a mission to become the conduit for a diverse, sustainable, and impactful consumer product ecosystem in Oregon. Composed of a passionate collection of community leaders, entrepreneurs, storytellers, investors, mentors, and organizers, Built believes that the support and growth of Oregon's consumer product industries will create sustainable, inclusive, and innovative job growth throughout the state. With a distinct focus on consumer products industries, we see the power in "owning our backyard." 


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About PIE

For more than a decade, PIE has continually engaged in experiments designed to enable established organizations — like corporations, government agencies, and educational institutions, among others — to collaborate with the Portland, Oregon, startup community 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. PIE is part of Built Oregon, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. 


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Media contact


Rick Turoczy

Cofounder and General Manager, PIE

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