UNC Charlotte Industry-University Partnership Facility

The Partnership, Outreach, and Research to Accelerate Learning (PORTAL) facility, is a premier workspace and innovation center for regional and global business pioneers, located on the campus of North Carolina’s urban research university.  PORTAL is the University of North Carolina at Charlotte’s latest commitment to industry-university partnership designed to spur business growth and job creation, promote research and innovation, and support the entrepreneurial ecosystem in the Charlotte region. 

PORTAL is outfitted with over 90,000 square feet of floor space dedicated to business innovation and development with immediate access to the exceptional resources, facilities, and academic talent found on the 26,000+ student UNC Charlotte campus.  Some of the world’s foremost innovators have staked their claim through UNC Charlotte partnerships and shared research  in areas such as energy production, informatics and business analytics, information security, and advanced manufacturing, to name a few.  It is no surprise that discovery-driven businesses are pursuing PORTAL as a desired business partnership address. 

PORTAL has a regionally unique business incubator and accelerator program that offers entrepreneurs and early-stage businesses on-site resources, expertise, and workspace as well as daily exposure to a creative mix of faculty, students, and well-established industry partners and corporate innovators.  PORTAL provides Ventureprise and its client businesses an innovation-supportive environment in which to succeed and grow.

Step inside PORTAL and experience its contemporary aesthetic and 4-story atrium bound by offices, meeting rooms, and a café.  An abundance of naturally lit community gathering spaces – including glass enclosed meeting rooms located on two atrium transecting bridges – facilitate networking and idea exchange.  Business tenants have access to any of PORTAL’s six convening spaces on a scheduled basis. 

Business tenant suites start at 450 square feet and are expandable as required.  PORTAL tenants enjoy a bundled services space license rate that includes building custodial and maintenance services, utilities and building environmental systems, base configuration office furnishings, internet access ports, VoIP dial tone and local calling services, access to UNC Charlotte wireless network, card reader lock hardware at the suite door level, USPS mail services, and access to various UNC Charlotte resources such as the library, meeting rooms (as available), and beautiful campus grounds. It all comes standard when your PORTAL office is powered by UNC Charlotte.

PORTAL is located at the Charlotte Research Institute gateway to the UNC Charlotte campus with easy access from Routes 85 and 485 and immediate adjacencies to University Research Park and University City retail services.  Visitor parking is conveniently located in the CRI Deck just one block away.  The Charlotte blue-line light rail extension - expected to be operational beginning 2017 – will have a Route 29 platform stop within a two minute walk from PORTAL.  For bikers and hikers, the 7+ mile Mallard Creek and Clark’s Creek Greenways are directly accessible from the UNC Charlotte campus.   

Competitive space licensing rates, an exceptional building aesthetic, flexible office suite plans, and immediate access to UNC Charlotte’s exceptional resources, talent, and innovation-rich environment are just a few reasons to consider PORTAL as your next business address.  Discover PORTAL and let’s pioneer together!

For more information please contact:

Chip Yensan, Associate Director 
Charlotte Research Institute
University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Office: 704-687-8283