Dell launches Empowering Women Challenge

Dell has launched a global competition to encourage students to propose new initiatives for empowering women and girls.


Announced at the fourth annual Dell Women’s Entrepreneur Network global event in Istanbul, students from any field of study, male or female, are invited to enter. Dell is seeking at least 100 innovative ideas.


Fifty semi-finalists will be selected in September to receive mentorship from Dell Women’s Entrepreneur Network. One member from each of the top three teams will be sent on an all-expense paid trip to pitch their idea at an awards event in December 2013.


The winning team will receive a $15,000 cash prize.


The competition is a branch of Dell’s existing Social Innovation Challenge, which focuses on social entrepreneurship. All finalists will be automatically entered as semi-finalists for the 2014 Dell Social Innovation Challenge.


On the awards Trisa Thompson, vice president of Corporate Responsibility at Dell, said: “We continue to see that while the aspiration of women and men may be equal, the barriers to opportunity they face are not. In business, the unfortunate reality is that this is true whether women are starting their own business, or are part of existing organisations, and this is a clear inhibitor to growth.”


“At Dell we are working on many fronts to create a level playing field for women. Having seen some incredible creative ideas in previous competitions, we’re excited to see how the world’s university communities will propose tackling the challenges facing women today.”      


Entrants have until 23 September to register their idea online at  



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