Ingrid Vanderveldt Ends Reign as Dell’s First Entrepreneur in Residence

Ingrid Vanderveldt, EIR with Dell and Elizabeth Gore,  Resident Entrepreneur at the United Nations Foundation at DWEN in Austin last week. Photos by Laura Lorek

Ingrid Vanderveldt, EIR with Dell and Elizabeth Gore, Resident Entrepreneur at the United Nations Foundation at DWEN in Austin last week. Photos by Laura Lorek

Ingrid Vanderveldt’s last day as Dell’s Entrepreneur in Residence was Saturday.

“It was a dream come true,” Vanderveldt said. “We more than accomplished what we set out to do to. I’m just so proud of the team and of Dell. Dell has a visionary commitment to women worldwide. It’s just been an honor to be part of it.”

Vanderveldt joins Dell’s EIR advisory board. Dell plans to announce its new EIR in September, Vanderveldt said.

Last week Vanderveldt participated in the first Dell Women’s Entrepreneur Network to be held in Austin at the W Hotel and Austin City Limits. It was the fifth global event. Dell has held past events in Turkey, India, China and Brazil. About 200 female entrepreneurs, investors attended the invitation-only event. It’s a three day gathering of women who run companies with more than three million in annual revenue. At that event, Vanderveldt is known for her fabulous after-hours networking parties which feature scotch, music, dancing and hanging out with some of the world’s most powerful women.

IMG_3214Vanderveldt first connected with Dell at the first Dell Womens for Entrepreneurs Network program in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and in September of 2011, she joined the company as its first EIR. At Dell, she helped to create the company’s Center for Entrepreneurship website, which provides access to technology, expertise and capital through programs like the Dell Innovators Credit Fund, Dell Financial Services and Dell Ventures.

Vanderveldt plans to invest in telecommunications and finance companies through her company, Ingrid Vanderveldt LLC and her initiative “Empowering a Billion Women by 2020.” She is also a member of the 2013 United Nation’s Global Entrepreneurship Council.

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