|Dell Social Innovation Challenge Evolves into New Venture|
The Dell Social Innovation Challenge has matured and evolved into a new social enterprise, Verb. Verb will operate global entrepreneurship competitions in partnership with conscious companies. As Verb becomes an independent for-profit business it will enable other organizations to create challenges that will have a positive social impact. This is the entrepreneurial spirit that we celebrate at Dell. With this change, there will not be a Dell Social Innovation Challenge in 2014 as Verb concentrates on enabling new competitions that will support early-stage social entrepreneurs with training, mentors and seed funding to grow their enterprises.
“We are proud to have partnered with UT to develop a groundbreaking program that combines our passions for entrepreneurship and innovation,” said Trisa Thompson, Dell vice president of corporate social responsibility. “And we are excited to see the DSIC evolve into a new business focused on enabling people and organizations to develop new ideas and innovations that ultimately make the world a better place.”
Information on past winners of the Dell Social Innovation Challenges can be found below.
|2013 Dell Social Innovation Challenge Winner: Solar Conduction Dryer|
Solar Conduction Dryer is reducing food waste and economically empowering farmers in India by dehydrating food through solar energy.
|2012 Dell Social Innovation Challenge Winner: Essmart Global|
Essmart is a product distributor who partners with retail shops in developing countries, giving them access to innovative products that improve their customers' lives.
|2011 Dell Social Innovation Challenge Winner: TakaTaka Solutions|
The brainchild of Daniel Paffenholz, TakaTaka Solutions, is creating a cleaner and healthier community by providing Nairobi residents with affordable and environmentally responsible waste management services.
|2010 Dell Social Innovation Challenge Winner: Shining Hope for Communities|
Developed by Kennedy Odede and Jessica Posner, Shining Hope for Communities combats poverty and gender inequality by linking tuition-free schools for girls to essential social services in Kenya's Kibera slum.
|2009 Dell Social Innovation Challenge Winner: Gardens for Health|
Emma Clippinger and Emily Morell created Gardens for Health to help people living with HIV/AIDS in Rwanda to improve their nutrition, health and treatment through sustainable agriculture.
|2008 Dell Social Innovation Challenge Winner: Husk Power Systems|
Manoj Sinha launched Husk Power Systems to provide power for thousands in rural India in an affordable, scalable and environmentally friendly manner.
|FY14 Progress Points|
|Responded to nine natural disasters, including those in Canada, China, India, Mexico, the Philippines and the United States.|
|Installed our first two solar-powered classrooms in Africa|
|Expanded and supported a second trial through the Children's Cancer Care program|
|Set a new company record with 739,000 employee volunteer hours|
|FY14 Corporate Responsibility Report|