Do you have a fresh business idea that could take the market by storm? Are you looking for a platform to take your disruptive innovation to the next level? Dell Startup Challenge Season 3 is here to help you do just that, and it is now open for applications.
Dell is committed to accelerating the increasingly powerful role that entrepreneurs play in driving global economic growth. Enabled by YourStory and powered by Dell, the challenge is a unique opportunity for early-stage startups to present their business ideas in a supportive yet competitive environment. If you have a great idea or are an early-stage startup, Dell Startup Challenge Season 3 is just what you need to transform your idea into a fundable one.
Today, women are changing the world by redefining innovative solutions, leading multi-billion companies, inspiring a new generation. While few have the opportunity to voice out their ideas, many do not enjoy this privilege. Dell is on a mission to empower women-led businesses and recognise the entrepreneurial spirit of these wonder women with the Dell Startup Challenge.
This year, in addition to the general categories, there is an additional special category for women-founded startups. There will be 3 finalists in the general category and one finalist in the women-founder category. So, if you’re a women entrepreneur looking to showcase your innovative business idea, apply now.
Shortlisted startups will get a chance to present their business idea to an angel investor or a seed fund. Each finalist will walk away with a state-of-the-art Dell Vostro laptop, while the grand prize winner will also get $5000 worth of Dell technology. What’s more? All the winners will also be featured in exclusive stories on YourStory. That’s just the kind of leg-up you need to get more visibility and go big in the market.
The Dell Startup Challenge is an great platform for aspiring and emerging entrepreneurs to grow and scale to their full potential. Participating in a startup contest like this one can be a powerful experience as it helps you build momentum for your idea at an early stage which is critical for startups. It propels you to put your business idea on paper, organise your thoughts, focus on critical aspects of your business from short-term to long-term goals, and even helps you polish your business plan.
Many startups that have grown big today participated in a contest in their early stages which led them onto an impressive growth trajectory. Dell Startup Challenge debuted in 2016, where over 550 early-stage startups competed for the top spot. The first season of the Dell Startup Challenge saw three early-stage startups – OroWealth, i2u2, and Project Mudra – being shortlisted. In addition, two other startups, Leado and Perpule, also won Dell Vostro laptops. The finalists – OroWealth, i2u2, and Project Mudra – were also featured in YourStory and generated a lot of buzz in social media.
Last year, Drinkwell Systems, Qbrics and Agroson Aadhar made the shortlist and took home Dell Vostro laptops and exclusive features on YourStory, with Drinkwell Systems going on to win the grand prize of $5000 worth of Dell technology.
So, what are you waiting for? It’s time to turn your powerful idea into a successful business.
Hurry! The last day to submit your application is December 15, 2018.