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Dell Social Innovation Challenge

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.
Solar Conduction Dryer 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.
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essmart2012 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.
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2011 Dell Social Innovation Challenge Winner: TakaTaka Solutions2011 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.
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2010 Dell Social Innovation Challenge Winner: Shining Hope for Communities2010 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.
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2009 dell social innovation challenge winner: gardens for health2009 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.
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2008 Dell Social Innovation Challenge Winner: Husk Power Systems2008 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.
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