Portland is on! Join me for PIE Demo Day, Tuesday 1/17/12

Happy 2012 startup people!

I’m just getting my calendar back together after the holidays and the first event on the books is PIE Demo Day, Tuesday January 17 at Portland’s Bagdad Theater.

A little over two years ago, Portland-based creative firm Wieden+Kennedy created the Portland Incubator Experiment (PIE). This coworking space was the spawning ground for two Founders Co-op portfolio companiesUrban Airship + AppFog — among many others.

Last fall, in partnership with Coca-Cola, Target and Google, PIE packaged up the learnings from those early days and created an accelerator program for promising early stage startups. Demo Day is show-and-tell time for their inaugural class of startups.

Among the eight companies coming out of PIE this year, several have already announced significant fundraising milestones (including Trinity Ventures’ support of cloud cost management platform Cloudability). Tho whole gang will be showing their stuff at Demo Day, and Portland’s startup scene will be out in force to see what they’ve got.

Love startups? Want to see what’s cooking in Portland? You should be there!