ROUND ROCK, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dell today announced that Elizabeth Gore, currently serving as entrepreneur-in-residence (EIR) for the United Nations Foundation, will join the company in February 2015 as its EIR. At Dell, Gore will drive 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 will extend Dell’s global advocacy efforts to raise entrepreneurship to the public policy agenda, encouraging policies and practices that support and enable entrepreneurial growth globally.
“It has been an honor to support the causes of the United Nations through working with entrepreneurs to scale innovations that improve lives,” said Elizabeth Gore. “Technology is the most consistent and reliable force that continues to enable and improve human potential through innovation. Dell’s global footprint and influence will give entrepreneurs the platform to take their solutions to the next level.”
Elizabeth will continue to chair the UN Foundation’s Global Entrepreneurs Council as a Senior Fellow at the UN Foundation.
“Entrepreneurs have the power to transform our global economy, but they face challenges around access to markets, capital and technology. There is no silver bullet, and a multi-faceted approach to ensure their successes is necessary,” said Karen Quintos, senior vice president and chief marketing officer, Dell. “Elizabeth’s impressive background, deep expertise working with both public and private sector, make her an ideal fit as Dell’s next EIR. We are thrilled to have her on board, creating positive change for entrepreneurs, and helping to remove the barriers to risk-taking that exist in many cultures.”
Dell listens to the top challenges and triumphs that entrepreneurs face and uses that feedback to help them expand their networks, find valuable resources, and use technology to innovate and grow their businesses. Gore succeeds Dell’s first entrepreneur-in-residence (EIR), Ingrid Vanderveldt, who completed her tenure in June 2014. Michael Dell was appointed as the UN Foundation’s first ever Global Advocate for Entrepreneurship, in June 2014.
About Dell Entrepreneur-in-Residence Program
Dell is one of just a handful of corporations to bring on an EIR and its program takes a unique spin on the concept, which is traditionally associated with venture capital firms as a means to give investors access to new ideas and deal flow. Dell’s EIR program is designed to bridge the outside entrepreneurial perspective into Dell, and help to open up resources to entrepreneurs seeking to quickly scale and succeed in new and unprecedented ways.
Dell Inc. listens to customers and delivers innovative technology and services that give them the power to do more. As the visionary outcome of a true entrepreneur, Dell is committed to help power the success of entrepreneurs by developing technology solutions that help their businesses increase productivity and grow.
About the United Nations Foundation
The United Nations Foundation builds public-private partnerships to address the world’s most pressing problems, and broadens support for the United Nations through advocacy and public outreach. Through innovative campaigns and initiatives, the Foundation connects people, ideas, and resources to help the UN solve global problems. The Foundation was created in 1998 as a U.S. public charity by entrepreneur and philanthropist Ted Turner and now is supported by global corporations, foundations, governments, and individuals.
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