Michael Dell is one of America’s iconic entrepreneurs and his spirit inspires us to support entrepreneurs and growing businesses around the world.
Earlier today, the Startup America Partnership announced that Michael is joining their founding board and that Dell Inc will be one of their first sponsors. We’re proud join this alliance of major corporations, funders, service providers, mentors and advisors working to dramatically increase the prevalence and success of high-growth enterprises in the U.S.
In addition to our financial support of the alliance itself, and our founder’s strategic guidance to the Partnership, Dell will provide special offers and resources to qualified Startup America members in order to help them leverage the best IT solutions for their growth.
And Dell’s support for entrepreneurs goes beyond America. We are also sponsoring the StartUp Britain campaign launched on 28th March 2011 to celebrate, inspire and accelerate enterprise in the UK. Throughout August and September, the StartUp Britain campaign team will travel on a bus, complete with experts, mentors, entrepreneurs and small business authors, to 14 locations across the country to encourage budding entrepreneurs in all areas of Britain to start-up their own businesses.
Both StartUp sponsorships will help amplify and complement our Dell Women’s Entrepreneur Network (DWEN) and Women Powering Business initiatives that have earned kudos for connecting with women business leaders. And during our search for America’s Favorite Small Business, we hope to find more growing businesses that might benefit from StartUp America’s work to help young companies grow and create jobs.
We’re not stopping there, though! There’s more to come as we gear up to recognize early-stage, fast-growth companies using technology to grow their businesses around the globe.
In the meantime, here’s a video of Scott Case, CEO of Startup America at Launch Silicon Valley 2011 explaining what the Partnership is and why it’s so important: