January 28, 2014 at 7:26 AM

This is the fourth and last in the series of 4 Prelude to PORTAL posts.

As a graduate of The Ben Craig Center and now Board Chair of Ventureprise, Inc., I am ecstatic about what PORTAL has to offer the entrepreneurial community.  High growth entrepreneurs, faculty and students, mentors and investors are collaborating as one, spinning out the latest in innovation and solutions.  The immense resources around the center definitely present all those involved with an improved chance of success.

- Doug Dawson, Board Chair

The move from the Ben Craig Center to PORTAL Building on UNC Charlotte’s campus is upon us and we look to the Grand Opening event hosted by Chancellor Dubois, on February 28, 2014. 

PORTAL is a newly constructed building offering Ventureprise clients ready-for-business, configurable space, ranging from single offices to 4,000 square foot suites.  Clients benefit from fully furnished facilities plus turnkey services and access to university resources such as the research library, lab space and other campus resources.

But Ventureprise at PORTAL is much more than a building.  It is a place where access to other innovators and a host of growth and education opportunities can ignite entrepreneurial businesses. 

By locating their offices in the building that brings together large company innovation teams, commercialization experts, lean startup advisors, expert faculty and talented students, the setting is certain to create additional opportunities. A meeting of minds at Ventureprise will ignite business in ways they cannot realize in any other facility. 


Most entrepreneurs know luck is created through hard work and seeking out others with the expertise they lack.  Ventureprise offers high growth entrepreneurs the opportunity for that “chance encounter” that contributes to their success. 

To inquire about office space in the Ventureprise accelerator, contact me, Marilyn Carpenter, at 704-965-2801 or email at

- Marilyn Carpenter, director of venture development

About Marilyn: Marilyn Carpenter serves as Ventureprise’s director of venture development.  With over twenty years of working with and for entrepreneurs in pivotal sales, marketing and business development roles, Marilyn assists clients to accelerate their growth through coaching effective go-to-market and customer acquisition strategies. 

Marilyn is also a published author, blogger and a speaker.  Her topics on Ventureprise Vibe are focused on provocative innovation-driven entrepreneurs and enterprises, Lean Startup methods, and storytelling about clients and people up to big things in the entrepreneurial space.


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