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Turkey Named as Host Country for Fourth Annual Dell Women’s Entrepreneur Network Event



  Turkey Named as Host Country for Fourth Annual Dell Women’s Entrepreneur
  Network Event

  * Turkey’s rapidly growing technology sector opens up new opportunities for
    economic growth via entrepreneurship and women in business

Business Wire

ROUND ROCK, Texas -- November 13, 2012

Dell announced today it will host the fourth annual Dell Women’s Entrepreneur
Network (DWEN) conference in Istanbul, Turkey, June 2-4, 2013. The two-day,
invitation-only event connects female founders, CEOs and leaders of
high-growth businesses in some of the world’s top entrepreneurial marketplaces
to share best practices and challenges and spotlight the positive impact
women-owned businesses have on the global economy.

Current Network members and Dell chose Turkey for the 2013 event because it is
one of the fastest-growing markets in the world, strategically located between
Europe, the Middle East and Central Asia. Regulatory and taxation changes have
fostered a culture of innovation and support for entrepreneurs and small
businesses, resulting in an economic growth rate of nearly 9 percent in
2011^i.

“Dell is committed to accelerating the advancement of women globally by
fostering entrepreneurship,” said Karen Quintos, Dell senior vice president
and chief marketing officer. “Through our Network, Dell connects female
entrepreneurs with the right technology as well as access to capital, networks
and new markets. Globally the number of women entrepreneurs is growing, and we
believe there is great potential for the Turkish female community as well as
female entrepreneurs to access this growing market^ii.”

The theme of next year’s event, “Pay it Forward,” focuses on how women can
positively impact and reinvigorate entire communities by giving back to those
in need. In Turkey, this call to “pay it forward” rings true as the creation
of startups and small businesses, especially in the growing technology market,
is seen as a force to stabilize employment and support continued growth.
Turkey’s technological advancements are becoming internationally recognized
and the country’s newly-created science and technology park, Teknopark
Istanbul, is being touted by many as “The Next Silicon Valley.”

“Turkey has undergone a significant number of institutional reforms in recent
years and as a result, the entrepreneurial climate is thriving. While
accessing capital remains a challenge for Turkish entrepreneurs,
microfinancing and levels of angel and venture capital investments show an
upward trend, but there is still much that can be done to help Turkish female
entrepreneurs reach their full potential,” said Didem Altop, managing director
of Endeavor Turkey. “It is great that members of Dell’s Network have
recognized the entrepreneurial spirit of Turkey. International events such as
this play an important part in helping to inspire and motivate both our
current and future generation of entrepreneurs.”

Dell Women’s Entrepreneur Network 2013 attendees will be challenged to share
their knowledge and experiences to help power women to further their own
businesses and the global economy. With speakers representing Australia,
Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Japan, Turkey, United Kingdom,
and the United States, the program will address:

  * The role of microfinance in emerging countries
  * Venture Capitols: Entrepreneurial innovation found in unexpected places
  * Social entrepreneurship
  * Doing business in Turkey
  * Disruptive technologies and operating models

The program will also spotlight entrepreneurial success stories in an
atmosphere designed for establishing this important and much needed network
during the event and beyond.

Together with the Ernst & Young Entrepreneurial Winning Women program,
Endeavor, Kauffman Foundation, and Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the
Network strives to bring together hundreds of female entrepreneurs and leaders
to reach a multitude of individuals seeking ways to impact their companies and
communities through new business relationships, expanded markets and advanced
technology solutions.

Women leaders are invited to join in the conversation and share who and what
inspires and motivates them as entrepreneurs and leaders through the Women
Powering Business Network group on LinkedIn.

For more on previous Network events in Shanghai (2010), Rio de Janeiro (2011)
and New Delhi (2012) and other women’s initiatives at Dell, go to
www.dell.com/women. Content about the event can be found on Twitter via
@DellBizWomen and by following #dwen.

About Dell

As the visionary outcome of a true entrepreneur, Dell (NASDAQ: DELL) is
committed to help power the success of entrepreneurs by developing technology
solutions that help their businesses increase productivity and grow. Through
the Dell Women’s Entrepreneur Network, Dell supports and nurtures a community
of female entrepreneurs by providing access to knowledge, networks, and
capital. Learn more at www.dell.com/women.

Dell is a trademark of Dell Inc. Dell disclaims any proprietary interest in
the marks and names of others.

^i Source: IMF World Economic Outlook April 2012, Turkish Statistical
Institute (TurkStat)
http://www.invest.gov.tr/en-us/turkey/factsandfigures/pages/economy.aspx

^ii According to the Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges (TOBB)

Contact:

Dell Inc.
Kara Krautter, 512-724-0928
Kara_Krautter@Dell.com
or
AxiCom
Henry Brake, +44 (0)20 8392 4059
Henry.Brake@axicom.com
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