Turkey Named as Host Country for Fourth Annual Dell Women's

New Delhi, Delhi, India, Friday, November 16, 2012 -- (Business Wire India) 
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 2011i . 
“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 marketii .”  
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
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
ii According to the Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges (TOBB)  
Media contact details 
Dechama Uthappa,
Dell India,
+91 9845087220,
Monica Srivastava,
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