At its fourth annual Women’s Entrepreneur Network global event in Istanbul last week, Dell launched a new initiative that aims to support one million aspiring women entrepreneurs by the end of 2015.
Dell says its ‘Pay It Forward’ initiative will work as follows:
· The 10,000 members of the Dell Women’s Entrepreneur Network, Women Powering Business community and Wise Dell team member network to help at least 10 women entrepreneurs over the next two years, who in turn help 10 more.
· Through financial support or time, women will receive help to improve their access to the knowledge, technology, capital and networks they need to reach their full potential.
· Suggestions on ways to pay it forward through a network of non-profit organisations focused on advancing women and girls can be found at www.dellpayitforward.com.
· A portal will track member commitments, share information about organisations and communities that support women and girls, particularly in entrepreneurship, and report progress against the overall goal of helping one million women by the end of 2015.
“Whether it is in business, mentorship or philanthropy, women have the skills and the power to pay it forward and build strong communities that can make a meaningful difference,” said Elizabeth Gore, resident entrepreneur, United Nations Foundation. “Through this new initiative from Dell, we’re looking forward to being part of something that helps to truly transform lives and opportunities, in addition to unearthing inspiring stories of the successful contributions made by what will become an amazing community.”
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