The Portal Is Reinventing Tech Outsourcing and Keeping Talent in Orange County

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New program creates a new entrepreneurial vision for Orange County by fostering collaboration between businesses and UCI students

The Portal benefits Orange County, keeps expertise and talent local, fosters a hometown entrepreneurial energy and probably will result in creating hundreds of more jobs for this region in the next two years.

Across the street from University of California, Irvine, a bold initiative is happening at The Portal that is redefining the term “outsourcing,” and connecting Orange County’s entrepreneurial community with UCI Students.

As small businesses will attest, skilled and experienced technical engineers and developers are extremely scarce and expensive. These talents are critical and essential to the growth of tech startups and emerging companies. In fact, the lack of technical talents has been a key factor crippling Orange County’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. The entrepreneurial-driven UCI students at The Portal are here to change that forever.

At The Portal, Orange County companies with constrained resources (such as startups and early stage businesses) can work with great, local, affordable and reliable talent to grow their business. Senior engineers, programmers and developers work closely with and mentor/manage UCI students to give Orange County businesses and startups a great technical development resource at an affordable cost.

At The Portal, UCI computer science and engineering students take the knowledge and theories they learn in the classroom, hone their skill sets with The Portal’s “Real World” workshops led by senior programmers and developers – and take on real world projects. Students experience entrepreneurship by working and associating with successful entrepreneurs and technical founders and CTOs.

Ken Beall and Ray Chan are the visionaries behind The Portal. It is The Portal’s goal to create 100 technical internships this year to power the technical development for startups and businesses in Southern California.

“The Portal’s mission is to develop UCI students into successful entrepreneurs through experiential learning. Facilitating these talented resources to encourage a startup ecosystem and an entrepreneurial mindset is the best way to accomplish our mission,” said Ken Beall of the Beall Family Foundation.

“Historically, when you outsource a project to who knows where, there are a myriad of issues that arise, including time zones, communications, and security,” said Ray Chan, Managing Partner of K5 Ventures. “The Portal benefits the community, keeps expertise and talent local, fosters a hometown entrepreneurial energy and probably will result in creating hundreds of more jobs for this region in the next two years.”

There are already UCI students who are currently working on technical development projects for Orange County businesses. The Portal’s students are already clocking up successes, including completed projects for GoWonder, Inc. and Statfuse Inc., as well as stealth projects currently underway at K5 Ventures. Companies who wish to turn their ideas into reality can learn more about working with The Portal by visiting The Portal (near UCI in University Center), going to, or by emailing info(at)theportal(dot)io.

The Portal is located at University Center in Irvine and is a nonprofit joint venture of the Beall Family Foundation and K5 Ventures. For more information about The Portal, please visit or contact info(at)theportal(dot)io.

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