Dell: tech startups should "pay it forward"

Remote working has allowed more people globally to set up businesses from wherever they are, says Dell

Technology has allowed more people from developing countries, particularly women, to start and run their own businesses from wherever they are, according to Dell UK. 

Sarah Shields, executive director and general manager at Dell UK, said remote working and other technology has helped boost entrepreneurs - one reason why Dell is running its #EntrepreneursUnite campaign, a global call to action supporting the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 8. 

"The use of technology as a remote worker means you don't need to have an extensive office location," she said. "In other words, you don't necessarily need to leave the home you're able to work with a laptop, a phone and a decent internet connection."

The Dell Women's Entrepreneur Network (DWEN) works with 3,000 women globally, many of them in developing countries, which aren't necessarily open to supporting female entrepreneurs.

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"If we look at where we had our women's conference last year - over in Turkey - the theme from that conference was 'pay it forward', and it was looking at [helping] local female entrepreneurs in the Middle East and Africa gain access to networks, funds and support," she said. "Particularly close to my heart, as I look after a lot of our businesses out in India, is how we're able to really give encouragement, access to information, and show them how to use technology."

"How can we get a female entrepreneur from the UK who is maybe on her third or fourth round of funding and commanding revenues in excess of 5m to help someone just starting out in the back of beyond in India? It happens and it's really good to see," she added. 

And Dell, self-titled the 'world's largest start-up', believes this 'pay it forward' mentality is instrumental in allowing entrepreneurship to continue expanding globally.

"Every single person has something they can offer, something that can make somebody else successful," she added. "We want to create 600,000 jobs, we want to be able to bring entrepreneurship to the core of every economy, creating that awareness, letting the stories be heard and, for other people who may have that dream but may just be scared and don't know how to do it, we've done it and we're here to help.

"We want to get policies aligned to be very much focused on assisting the entrepreneur looking at ways you can seek more capital, find more employment and gain access to more information and technology."

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