Policy, Advocacy and Research

Dell for Entrepreneurs Policy, Advocacy and Research

We advocate to raise entrepreneurship to the public policy agenda, encouraging policies and practices that support and enable entrepreneurial growth globally, backed up by data and research.

UN Foundation Global Advocate for Entrepreneurship

Michael Dell was appointed as the UN Foundation’s (UNF) first ever Global Advocate for Entrepreneurship. The goal of the partnership is to advocate for the world’s entrepreneurs and the next billion jobs they will create. To do this, the issue of job creation and entrepreneurship must be a global priority. The goal? To ensure that job creation—Goal 8 on the list of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)—is among the top world priorities agreed upon by the General Assembly of the United Nations in September 2015. To do this Dell CEO launched # EntrepreneursUNite a global petition to push the UN to adopt Goal 8, to support entrepreneurs and the jobs they create.

Dell is thrilled to report that the UN General Assembly formally adopted Goal 8 but now the hard work begins: turning goal 8 into actionable, country-level initiatives that fundamentally change the game for entrepreneurs. Dell will be part of the solution as we work with world leaders to increase entrepreneurs’ access to capital, markets, talent and technology.

To fulfill this goal and create a better global climate for entrepreneurs to thrive, Dell is working with global leaders, policymakers and the public and private sectors to focus our policy advocacy on improving small businesses’ and entrepreneurs’ access to four key elements of success: talent, capital, markets and technology.

#whatWEneedtosucceed - A Letter to the Next President on Behalf of Women Entrepreneurs

If wo men and men participated equally in the entrepreneurial ecosystem, the United States’ GDP could rise by $30 billion. Women also put 90 percent of their income into their communities and families. However, women entrepreneurs receive only seven percent of venture capital and are being represented in only seven percent of media stories. We call this an opportunity.

In partnership with Vanity Fair and Deloitte, Dell curated a series of conversations with CEOs, entrepreneurs and policy makers to recommend a suite of policies that can enhance women’s entrepreneurship in the U.S. The following policy recommendations were put forth to the Presidential Candidates and Congress on Nov. 1, a week before the 2017 presidential election, in an open letter. The letter highlights recommendations on policies around access to capital, networks and technology that will help women entrepreneurs create the 600 million jobs we need in the next decade—a problem Dell first set out to help solve with our #EntrepreneursUNite campaign advocating for the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal 8.

Signatures from more than 80 CEOs were secured including the likes of Ellevest founder and CEO Sallie Krawcheck, Giphy CEO and co-founder Alex Chung, GoDaddy CEO Blake Irving, and Honest co-founders Jessica Alba and Brian Lee. Read the letter here Dell.com/whatWEneedtosucceed.

Future-Ready Policy Recommendations for Governments

Dell provides recommendations to policymakers with a vision for a future-ready community — and help develop the policies to turn that vision into reality. We believe to become future ready, governments should enact policies that:

• Foster innovation by supporting entrepreneurship and the data economy.
• Preserve trust in the technology tools that drive advancements.
• Enable social responsibility to be built into business models.
• Maintain open markets that allow the flow of goods, services and data.

We are eager to see policy that supports entrepreneurship, both internal and external, within government. Dell has been leading the effort by working with state-level and Federal policy makers to help entrepreneurs deal with the regulatory process that is part of starting and growing a new business.

EIR Bill or Study Resolution Introduced
California         Georgia             Mississippi         New York

Hearing held in 1 or both Houses
Connecticut     Massachusetts     Michigan     Tennessee

Passed one or both Houses
Kentucky          Ohio

Passed and signed by Governor
Texas               Virginia

Executive Action- No legislation

Dell is active in advocating for entrepreneurship and especially for women’s economic participation through an annual global research studies and through its partnership with the UN Foundation, Catalyst, Harvard, Kaufman and other leading institutions.

Dell Future Ready Economies

The Dell Future Ready Economies Model was developed by IHS Economics and Harvard Tech in partnership with Dell. “Future ready” describes Dell’s belief that technology should allow for – and encourage – change. This was the springboard for the Future Ready Economy concept, including the Dell Future Ready Economies Model. Future Ready Economy extends Dell’s idea and draws insights from leaders, academics and economists to explore how cities are positioning themselves for innovation, growth and prosperity.

The Dell Future Ready Economies Model measures how well an economy enables its people and organizations to access new tools and new ideas that deliver better connections, better outcomes – and a better world. The three pillars of a Future Ready Economy include:

Human capital : A Future Ready Economy has people equipped with the right skills to drive meaningful social and economic change.

Commerce : A Future Ready Economy provides sustainable business opportunities to continue improving entire economies for years to come. This includes collaboration, such as the formation of public-private partnerships.

Infrastructure : A Future Ready Economy has an infrastructure prepared to support people, businesses, and technology needed to drive growth and change.

By studying Future Ready Economies and their attributes, cities, businesses and people can create policies and strategies that will enable their region to prosper and achieve strong economic health.

Learn more here  Dell Future Ready Economies Model  

Global Women Entrepreneur Leadership Scorecard (GWELS)

Research commissioned and sponsored by Dell provides the world’s only diagnostic tool that comprehensively measures high potential female entrepreneurship by analyzing entrepreneurial ecosystems, business environments and individual aspirations across 31 developed and developing economies. The goal of the research is to guide leaders, policymakers and law-makers in identifying country-wide strengths and weaknesses, to better develop strategies to create more favorable conditions in their countries to enable businesses founded by women to thrive. Insights gleaned from the research are also being used to inform policy and institute reform by senior leaders and policy makers, including the International Finance Corporation, The U.S. Department of State, Development Alternatives Inc. and Vital Voices.

Learn more at Dell.com/women.

Dell Women Entrepreneur Cities Index (WE Cities)

The WE Cities Index measures a city's ability to attract and support high potential women entrepreneurs – those companies that have the potential to create the 600 million jobs we need in the next decade. By looking at city level, we're able to assess the impact of local policies. We looked at their capital, technology, talent, culture and market characteristics and graded them based on how well a woman could start and grow her business there. Of the 25 global metropolitan areas we evaluated, there were some interesting insights to consider:

• New York City ranked No. 1 over Silicon Valley, which we believe is due to the male dominated tech fields in Silicon Valley and illustrates the need for the public and private sector to increase STEM education for girls.

• Toronto, Paris and Sydney are cities to watch. While they are not traditionally considered hotbeds for entrepreneurship, all three have women-friendly policies that make it easier to continue running a business after having a child.

• It's also interesting to note that the highest ranked city scored 59/100, showing there's a lot of room for improvement.

Learn more at Dell.com/women.