Ideation. Innovation. Collaboration.

In September 2011, Dell announced its first ever entrepreneur-in-residence (EIR.) Typically an EIR works with venture capital firms or investors to nurture a big idea and then invest in the new venture at the end of the EIR’s term. For Dell, the EIR helps us create an even more meaningful bridge between Dell and the marketplace. The EIR helps drive strategy and takes our ability to listen and act on what customers need to the next level.

Meet Dell’s Entrepreneur in Residence, Elizabeth Gore

Elizabeth-GoreElizabeth most recently served as the first-ever Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the United Nations Foundation, in which she worked with the United Nations and the Foundation to support innovation and entrepreneurial thinking. In her role, she chaired the UN Foundation’s Global Entrepreneurs Council and helped build global partnerships that positively affect the UN’s most pressing humanitarian issues. Ms. Gore previously served as Vice President of Global Partnerships at the Foundation, and founded strategic grassroots efforts such as Nothing But Nets, Girl Up, and the Shot@Life. Additionally, she manages partnerships with Fortune 100 companies and with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Ms. Gore was named by People as one of the top 100 Extraordinary Women and is one of Fast Company’s Most Creative People in Business. Ms. Gore has been featured on multiple media outlets including: ABC, CBS, CNN, MSNBC, FOX Business, Fast Company, Fortune, Glamour, The New York Times, People, and Time. She is a World Champion Equestrian, and in the Summit and climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro to raise awareness for the global clean water crisis on behalf of the United Nations. Ms. Gore currently serves on the leadership councils of the Indiana University’s Lilly Family School of Philanthropy and the annual CLASSY Awards. She serves on the advisory boards of the UN’s Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and SOMA, an innovative all-natural water filter company.

Dell’s EIR program saw great success under the direction of Ingrid Vanderveldt, the first EIR for Dell. To learn more about her and her time as our EIR, click here »