Dell is backing Canadian entrepreneurs with an initiative called the Canadian Entrepreneurs Program. This has already been launched in the United States, the UK, Ireland, the Netherlands and France, and now it’s live in Canada.
The program is formerly known as the Centre for Entrepreneurs and has a goal to support startups in creating a “system to enable their next phase of growth” through technology, sales enablement, capital, networking and marketing support. In addition, Dell notes that qualifying entrepreneurs can also apple to receive financing from Dell Financial Services (DFS) “for credit up to 10% of their funded amount.”
“Michael Dell founded the company 30 years ago and built a business based on a culture of creativity and entrepreneurial spirit”, said Kevin Peesker, president of Dell Canada. “We believe that innovation is a critical component of growing a thriving business and we strongly support entrepreneurs who leverage technology to take ideas from start-up to success. We’re committed to supporting start-up businesses that leverage technology to fast track growth.”
Dell for Entrepreneurs is also partnered with several startup incubators, VC’s, and mentors that will give varios workshops, guidance, demo days, networking events and conferences. HIGHLINE, previously Extreme Startups and GrowLab, is a partner in Canada.
“Dell is really stepping up its commitment to the technology start-up ecosystem,” said Marcus Daniels, chief executive officer of HIGHLINE and a member of the Canadian Dell for Entrepreneurs Advisory Council. “It has supported entrepreneurs and business owners for years and its new program aligns well with effective start-up acceleration practices. We’re excited to see this program launch and it will enhance the HIGHLINE acceleration platform by strengthening relationships with our founders across Canada looking to scale globally.”