When female entrepreneurs struggle to access the networks, capital and resources they need to get their businesses off the ground, it restricts growth and opportunity not just for women, but for everyone.
In response to the disparities faced by women in starting and growing their businesses, Dell founded the Dell Women’s Entrepreneur Network in 2010. The network is focused on creating and fostering a community of like-minded women founders who are looking for ways to grow, and who need a venue to exchange ideas, learn and do business with one another to make it happen.
Today, the network has grown to more than one thousand female entrepreneurs and CEOs from around the world, and is helping to tackle issues faced by female business leaders through a range of mentoring, training and networking programs.
The network meets on both a local and global scale. Local events are held twice a year in the UK, France and Germany to create a forum to form connections, share knowledge and offer access to technology they need to scale their businesses, create new jobs and contribute to the economic well-being of Europe.
The annual summit brings together 150 of the most inspiring female entrepreneurs, international media and Dell executives from around the world for two days of collaboration, thought leadership and networking. Dell also uses the event to announce the findings of their annual research, which provides an index on favourable environments and factors inhibiting high-potential female entrepreneurship around the world.
Recognising Germany’s position as one of the world’s leading countries for female entrepreneurs, Europe hosted the annual summit in 2015 in Berlin, with the theme focused on the impact that women-owned businesses are having on the global economy. The 2016 event was hosted in South Africa, with next year’s event recently announced for San Francisco from July 17th – 18th, 2017.
For more information on the Dell Women’s Entrepreneur Network and stories of how female entrepreneurs are driving forward the global economy, follow @DellInnovators on Twitter or reach out to the DWEN Team at firstname.lastname@example.org