Computer giant Dell has launched its Centre for Entrepreneurs scheme in the UK, calling itself the “world’s largest startup”. At an event in central London last night, Dell also announced a ?10m growth fund for fast-growing companies.The Centre for Entrepreneurs will provide early-stage businesses with access to mentoring, technical expertise and infrastructure. Dell is also offering two startups the opportunity to become resident startups at Dell’s UK headquarters in Bracknell, Berkshire, through a competition launching in December. The successful companies will receive free office space for a year as well as Dell notebooks, servers and storage. The ?10m fund, meanwhile, is intended to give companies the opportunity for fast growth, says the company. Applications for a slice of the ?10m fund are already open. “We’re looking for startups and entrepreneurs with a good, solid business plan who have technology as the backbone of their organisation,” said Sarah Shields, Dell UK’s executive director for SMEs. “We want to get in, see how we can assist by giving them the right technology and financing them in the right way.” Dell has also launched its own advisory council, which will be comprised of Dell executives and UK entrepreneurs. The council will meet quarterly, looking to tackle issues faced by UK SMEs.
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