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Dell launches Canadian entrepreneurs program


Dell Canada Inc. has launched an initiative to support the start-up community in Canada, following the program’s huge success in the US and more recently the UK, Ireland, the Netherlands and France. The Dell for Entrepreneurs program (formerly Centre for Entrepreneurs) was established with the aim of providing start-ups with an enhance support system to enable their next phase of growth.

Dell provides access to technology, sales enablement, capital, networking and marketing support to help growing businesses meet their evolving business objectives. In addition, qualifying entrepreneurs can extend their capital and accelerate their business strategy through financing from Dell Financial Services (DFS). Entrepreneurs are encouraged to log onto http://www.dell.ca/entrepreneurs to learn more about the opportunity the program offers or follow @DellInnovators and @DellSmbCA on Twitter to keep up to date.

“Michael Dell founded the company 30 years ago and built a business based on a culture of creativity and entrepreneurial spirit,” says Kevin Peesker, president of Dell Canada. “We believe that innovation is a critical component of growing a thriving business and we strongly support entrepreneurs who leverage technology to take ideas from start-up to success. We’re committed to supporting start-up businesses that leverage technology to fast track growth.”

Peesker also noted that Canada has fostered a robust community of entrepreneurs and that Dell’s program can be a catalyst for these companies to help them scale, grow and globalize at a pace that may not be otherwise possible.

Dell for Entrepreneurs is aligned with groups and individuals that are both trailblazers and thought leaders within the entrepreneurial space, including leading accelerators, incubators and venture capitalists. Through workshops, office hours, demo days, networking events and conferences, the program works with organizations to support entrepreneurs around technology, network, capital, and knowledge. In Canada, HighLine is a partner.

“Dell is really stepping up its commitment to the technology start-up ecosystem,” said Marcus Daniels, chief executive officer of HighLine and a member of the Canadian Dell for Entrepreneurs Advisory Council. “It has supported entrepreneurs and business owners for years and its new program aligns well with effective start-up acceleration practices. We’re excited to see this program launch and it will enhance the HighLine acceleration platform by strengthening relationships with our founders across Canada looking to scale globally.”

Catherine Graham, CEO of commonsku and president of Rightsleeve, is a member of the Entrepreneur-in-Residence Global Advisory Board which serves as a collective voice for entrepreneurs worldwide and lends strategic insight into Dell’s entrepreneurial initiatives. Graham says, “I was delighted to be approached by Dell to join the Canadian Dell Advisory Council for Entrepreneurs as well. It’s great to see a multinational like Dell leading by example with an initiative like this. I am pleased to play a continuing strategic role as the program is rolled out in Canada and encourage entrepreneurs to get involved with the program and enjoy the benefits of networking with likeminded people.”

Dell Entrepreneurs Microsite & Community

A dedicated microsite to support the Canadian Dell for Entrepreneurs initiative, www.dell.ca/entrepreneurs, has been created as an online entrepreneurial community where new businesses can hear stories from other entrepreneurs on how to get access to resources and expertise, technological best practices, and insights on how to scale for growth.

Visitors to the Dell for Entrepreneurs microsite will have the opportunity to join the official Dell for Entrepreneurs community. Community members will receive access to Dell’s VIP benefits including exclusive product discounts, personal support and opportunities to network with other fast-growing businesses. Benefits also include access to a monthly learning series with topics ranging from technology solutions like security, mobility and big data to business enablement topics such as pitching to VCs, selling into large business and building brand and networks.

Dell Founders 50

The Dell Founders 50 is focused on business acceleration for disruptive companies and includes CEOs and founders who are game changers in their industry, poised for massive growth. Members participate over a two year term accessing programming focused on accelerating the growth of their business. A new class of 50 is added every six months, with each class graduating after two years.

This exclusive global group is now available to Canadian entrepreneurs who view technology as a critical backbone to their business, and who have immediate IT needs in order to scale quickly. Organizations are encouraged to review the criteria and apply for the Founders 50 via the Dell for Entrepreneurs microsite. In addition to the benefits received by the Dell for Entrepreneurs community, members of this elite group will have opportunities to network and attend events that bring together Founders 50 members from all over the globe. This group will receive concierge level service from Dell team members and receive unparalleled access to the team inside Dell to help their emerging business get to market more quickly.

Dell has identified 50 companies as the key startups and founders to watch in the Spring 2014 cohort and the Fall 2014 cohort will include its first Canadian member, Cloud Dynamics. Dell is accepting applicants from Canadian start-ups for future cohorts. To view the criteria and apply, please visit www.dell.ca/entrepreneurs.