Dell says there are more opportunities for Australian startups to grow

Dell ANZ managing director Angela Fox has outlined that access to capital, talent, and technology will further boost entrepreneurship in Australia.

There are still more opportunities for Australia to improve how startups grow their businesses, according to Angela Fox, Dell ANZ managing director.

Speaking to ZDNet during the recent 2016 Dell Women's Entrepreneur Network Summit in Cape Town, South Africa, Fox said access to capital, talent, and technology are three key areas that need to be improved in order for the country's startups to succeed.

She pointed out the results of the recently published Dell Women Entrepreneur Cities Index as evidence of this. The index showed Sydney came in eighth globally for its ability to attract and support female entrepreneurs, but was the only Australian capital city to make the list.

"While we've got many of the components, and women in Australia don't face the cultural challenges that women in the broader context face, there certainly are things we can be doing," she said.

On the point of how Dell as a company is contributing to helping entrepreneurs, Fox highlighted the company has been working with the Department of Finance to drive its Women in IT Executive Mentoring (WITEM) program for the last 10 years, which sees individuals in the public sector act as mentors.

However, she said the company is keen to partner further with all levels of government to find practical ways to drive greater entrepreneurship in the country.

She acknowledged the federal government's AU$1.1 billion National Innovation and Science Agenda, announced at the end of last year, is a good first step to boosting the country's level of entrepreneurship.

The federal government also recently pledged AU$31.2 million towards internships and post-school career advice to increase support for women and girls to choose to study and work in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields.

Similarly, the federal opposition committed a total investment of AU$2.5 billion to deliver "jobs of the future", including AU$31 million to prioritise education of STEM at Australian universities and coding in schools.

Disclosure: Aimee Chanthadavong travelled as a guest of Dell to the 2016 DWEN Summit.