Dell Launches a Startup Competition, Winners Pitch Michael Dell

August 22, 2014

4:30 pm

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When Dell first founded the Dell Center for Entrepreneurs, it was evident that they wanted to build and sustain a firm commitment to open up their resources to startups and fuel innovation in unprecedented ways. This fall Dell will be hosting the Tech Innovation Day Series to further their mission even more.

Focused on three distinct markets – Healthcare and Life Sciences, Education, and the Internet of Things (IOT) – the Tech Innovation Day Series will provide a unique opportunity for startup companies to get their businesses in front of key decision makers at Dell. While the Healthcare and Life Sciences portion is already ended, the time is ripe for startups to apply to the other two.

For each track Dell is searching for six to eight companies with Minimum Viable Products (MVP), funding, and at a growth stage. The selected startups will pitch their ideas, in closed door fashion, to a panel of Dell executives in addition to their affiliated partners and industry influencers.

In addition to the publicity and feedback, one finalist from each track will win the opportunity to consult with and work on a proof of concept with Dell. Everything will culminate at Dell World this November as the winners get to participate in a final Pitch Slam featuring Michael Dell as a judge.


Dell and the Dell Center for Entrepreneurs have partnered to encourage innovation and entrepreneurship in K-12 education. Specifically, they are looking for K-12 app creators who are solving pain points in the classroom, improving the learning experience, and enabling student voices.

The solution must be web-centric and work in commercially standard web browsers as well as Chrome, Android, and Windows 8.1; technologies of interest include student, teacher, and IT administrator productivity.

The cities and venues hosting the Education Tech Innovation Day Series are:

  • Austin: Capital Factory, August 26 – applications closed
  • San Francisco: #dellvenue, September 10 – apply by 8/29
  • New York: Dell Solutions Center, September 19 – apply by 9/8
  • Final Presentation Event at Dell World, November 6

Internet of Things

Dell will be operating alongside Intel’s IOT groups as well as the Dell Center for Entrepreneurs to host the IOT portion of the Tech Innovation Day Series. They will be seeking disruptive, enterprise focused IOT startups developing hardware, software, aps, reference designs, and platform solutions.

Areas of interest include, but aren’t limited to, building automation, smart cities, industrial automation, fleet management, and customer experience.

The cities and venues hosting the Internet of Things Tech Innovation Day Series are:

  • Washington DC: 1776, September 4 – apply by 8/27
  • Santa Clara: Dell Solutions Center, September 25 – apply by 9/12
  • Chicago: 1871, October 6 – apply by 10/2
  • Final Presentation Event at Dell World, November 6



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Will is a Senior Writer with Tech.Co, based out of America's Finest City: San Diego. He covers all territory West of the Mississippi river, digging deep for awesome local entrepreneurs, companies, and ideas. He's the resident Android junkie and will be happy to tell you why you should switch to the OS. When he's off the clock, Will focuses his literary talent on the art of creative writing...or you might find him surfing in Ocean Beach. Follow Will on Twitter @WJS1988

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