Portals Partnering with Google for Entrepreneurs to Bring Portals to the 2016 Global Entrepreneurship Summit

Google for Entrepreneurs is bringing Portals to the 2016 Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Silicon Valley (June 22-24) and connecting attendees to entrepreneurship hubs around the world in London, Mexico City, and Seoul. Enter a Portal and connect with policy makers, entrepreneurs, and innovators in a distant location, as if in the same room. Share big ideas. Get a different perspective. Collaborate with a new friend.

Portals is a global public art initiative. Shipping containers are painted gold, equipped with audiovisual technology, and placed in public sites around the world. When individuals enter one Portal, they see a person in another Portal live and full-body, as if in the same room. Many participants have described feeling as though they were “breathing the same air.

Each Portal is placed in a Google for Entrepreneurs tech hub that hosts a strong community of entrepreneurs and thought leaders. Individuals or groups will be able to enter each Portal and converse with all others. The participants in the other Portals will be a member of the London, Mexico City, Seoul, or Silicon Valley community. Just like you, they’re looking to build new connections and are curious to learn about your city, ideas, experiences, and goals



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Portals Create Space for Intimate, Private Dialogues Across Distance
In its original inception, individuals entered Portals one-at-a-time to converse with a stranger abroad. The goal was to create a space where people could create their own meaning. Since launch more than 15,000 people have carried on intimate, one-on-one conversations through Portals.

Portals Also Function As Global Public Squares, Hosting Diverse Events
Portals have also grown in community centers hosting regular international classes, dialogues, debates, and performances for groups of anywhere from 3 to 300 people per site.

Each Portal is staffed by a full-time curator
This person helps program events, engage their communities, and provide live interpretation.

Portals Have Rapidly Spread Around the World
Portals launched in December 2014, connecting art galleries in New York City and Tehran, Iran. Since then, the idea caught fire around the world and has expanded rapidly so that permanent Portals are now in public sites across more than a dozen countries, and growing fast. 

Those countries include:
Afghanistan | Cuba | Germany | Honduras | Iraq | Iran (Internally Displaced Persons’s Camp) | Jordan (Syrian Refugee Camp) | Mexico | Rwanda | South Korea |United Kingdom | New sites are coming online regularly, including Myanmar, Venezuela, India, Pakistan, and Zimbabwe.


Shared_Studios created Portals and envisions a world where these are permanent fixtures of public spaces around the globe.

Shared_Studios also created Channels, which is a Portal without the shipping container. It operates like a live window into another part of the world. Shared_Studios envisions carving wormholes through the world so passersby in Beijing can waive to acquaintances in Birmingham. 


The Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) is focused on deepening ties between business leaders, foundations, and entrepreneur communities from around the world. Introduced in 2009, President Obama and The White House host this annual event filled with speakers and workshops for 1,500 entrepreneurs, investors, and policymakers. This is the 7th GES event and the first time the event will be held in Silicon Valley.


Google for Entrepreneurs is a global outreach effort to empower startups and entrepreneurs around the world. It works to foster entrepreneurship in local communities and focus on equipping startups with products, technology, and free and open access to high quality content to help them succeed. The team runs over 50 efforts in over 100 countries. It partners with leading organizations and also runs its own programs like Campus spaces.  


Campuses are Google's spaces for entrepreneurs to learn, connect, and build companies that will change the world. At Campus London and Campus Seoul, entrepreneurs get unparalleled access to mentorship and trainings led by their local startup community, experienced entrepreneurs, and teams from Google. 

Campuses are part of a global network including Campus London, Campus Tel Aviv, Campus Seoul, Campus Madrid, Campus São Paulo, and Campus Warsaw. 


Centraal is a coworking space, a meeting place, and home to number of startups and professionals in the Mexican startup ecosystem. Centraal operates inspiring spaces to generate the best environment to foster the exchange of ideas and to promote the development of multiple communities. Through its many programs, events, and partnerships, Centraal is a reference point in the Latin American startup ecosystem.  Centraal is a proud member of the Google for Entrepreneurs Tech Hub Network.