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Hand writingIdentifying, building and delivering practical innovation is perhaps the most important part of a strategy that makes an enterprise more future ready. No one type of person enraptures the innovative spirit like an entrepreneur.  At Dell, we have a culture of innovation.  It’s part of our DNA.  We believe that entrepreneurs are the foundation for innovation, economic growth and job creation.  The entrepreneurial spirit was in Michael 33 years ago and it now resides as the mindset in all of our employees.

As Dell’s Entrepreneur-in-Residence, I get to see the intersection of ideas and innovation from many corners:  our employees, our partners, and especially the fast growth “gazelle” entrepreneurs we engage.  Entrepreneurs are an essential source of innovation, and we do everything we can to help them scale the best ideas. Our focus is to give them access to markets, capital, talent and technology.

Our Entrepreneur-in-Residence program was created to tap into innovative entrepreneurs with the brightest minds to engage with our employees and customers.  Through our advocacy we help to bolster policies with government officials that lower regulations and increase polices that will incentivize entrepreneurs.  Entrepreneurs are in Austin, Silicon Valley and as far away as Refugee Camps in Uganda. Dell hosts an innovative ecosystem for entrepreneurs in multiple parts of our company, including the Dell Women’s Entrepreneur Network (DWEN). Just as its name implies, DWEN is a forum for women founders and CEOs to build business opportunities, explore international expansion and access new resources.  Founders 50 is a club of 50 high-growth companies to watch based on their record for disrupting their respective industries that Dell chooses every six months.  Then we provide them with access to the consulting, technology and resources they need to scale, as well as capital, marketing and branding support.

The Dell Innovators Credit Fund is a $130m debt capital financing program for VC and Angel-backed startups and Dell Ventures.

Most important is the entrepreneurial spirit of every Dell employee. This is the innovative human capital that is at the heart of everything we do. It starts at the top, as Michael Dell is the UN Foundation Global Advocate for Entrepreneurship.

Applying practical innovation is an essential part of creating a more future-ready enterprise. So we have to identify and effectively implement innovations early and consistently to deliver the results that an organization, its workers, and its markets expect: Faster response, more efficiency, and more relevant and contextual engagements with their markets. This is why Dell encourages an entrepreneurial spirit among our employees and in our investments in emerging technology.  And the result is that we help find a better way for customers.


Elizabeth Gore

Elizabeth Gore

Elizabeth Gore is the Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Dell, where Gore drives initiatives that support Dell’s goals around helping small and medium businesses scale and prosper, fueling the expansion of global entrepreneurship, thereby creating jobs that will drive the world economy. Gore is extending Dell’s global advocacy efforts to raise entrepreneurship to the public policy agenda, encouraging policies and practices that support and enable entrepreneurial growth globally. Mrs. Gore also chairs the United Nations Foundation’s Global Entrepreneurs Council and builds global partnerships that positively affect the UN’s most pressing humanitarian issues. Elizabeth Gore works with the United Nations and the Foundation to support innovation and entrepreneurial thinking. Ms. Gore previously served as the first ever Entrepreneur in Residence for the UN Foundation as well as Vice President of Global Partnerships, and founded strategic grassroots efforts such as Nothing But Nets, Girl Up, and the [email protected] Ms. Gore previously, served as the director of development and corporate relations for the Points of Light Foundation. Her consulting experience includes the implementation and launch of The Great American Bake Sale, an anti-hunger initiative for Share Our Strength, ABC television and Parade magazine. Ms. Gore is a former United States Peace Corps volunteer and served in Bolivia, South America. In Bolivia, she wrote, received and managed a USAID grant to better the food availability and economic situation for the Chaco. Ms. Gore is originally from Texas where she was a financial development associate for the A&M Foundation. She holds a bachelor of science in Animal Science and a masters in Financial Development from Texas A&M University. Ms. Gore was named by People as one of the top 100 Extraordinary Women and is one of Fast Company’s Most Creative People in Business. Ms. Gore has been featured on multiple media outlets including: ABC, CBS, CNN, MSNBC, FOX Business, Fast Company, Fortune, Glamour, The New York Times, People, and Time. She is a World Champion Equestrian, and joined Summit on the Summit and climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro to raise awareness for the global clean water crisis on behalf of the United Nations. Ms. Gore currently serves on the leadership councils of the Indiana University’s Lilly Family School of Philanthropy and the annual CLASSY Awards. Mrs. Gore resides in Sonoma County with her husband James Gore, a California elected official and has two hilarious children.

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