Ingrid Vanderveldt, Dell’s first entrepreneur-in-residence and creator of Dell’s $100 million Innovators Credit Fund and organizer for Tech Innovators Day at Dell, said she “wants the company to host such events twice a year to stay up-to-date with the latest technologies being developed.” The event is an opportunity for Dell’s executives to have one-on-one meetings with some of the most promising and innovative technology companies across the USA. Dell hopes to use some of these discussions a beginning point for potential acquisitions, partnerships, or investments from Dell’s venture group.
The visit included a tour of Dell’s state-of-the-art facilities including their support and command center and insightful meetings with founders whose companies have been acquired by Dell such as Tarkan Maner, CEO of Wyse, leading manufacturer of cloud client computing. Wyse was acquired by Dell in 2012 and is now a unit within Dell.
Mark Haidar, the cofounder and co-CEO of Dialexa, who represented the company in the meeting with Dell said, “Dell exceeded all my expectations in terms of how they support entrepreneurs and view innovation within the Company. A lot of large companies have a similar vision but they have failed to build a successful process. I think Dell’s vision, entrepreneurial beginnings, and the dedication from their high level executives to this mission will position their innovation platform to be a success.”
The following morning, Dell’s President Felice tweeted:
Dell's Tech Innovators Day reminds me that it's important to stay thirsty, innovative and entrepreneurial http://t.co/yJ6keazo #DellEIR
— Steve Felice (@sjfeliceatdell) January 25, 2013
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