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Michael Dell, the founder, president and CEO of Dell Computer Corp., will deliver the keynote address at the Enterprise Forum's "10-250 Meeting" this evening in Rm 10-250. He will be presented with the inaugural Edward B. Roberts Young Entrepreneur Award for distinguished leadership.
The evening will start at 6pm with a case presentation by PC Build, a Massachusetts-based firm which provides hardware services to businesses, schools and municipalities nationwide. Mr. Dell will speak at 7:30pm to the organization where he first outlined his vision in 1988 for what is today one of the world's largest PC manufacturers.
The 10-250 Meeting is a monthly gathering where leaders of emerging technology ventures present case studies of their business plans (which are critiqued by a panel of industry experts) to business and financial professionals, with an aim toward providing constructive counsel for growth.
Mr. Dell began his computer business in a dorm room at the University of Texas at Austin, officially forming Dell Computer Corp. in 1984. Today, the company employs 17,800 people worldwide and has generated sales of $13.6 billion in the last four quarters.
The Edward B. Roberts Young Entrepreneur Award for Distinguished Leadership was established to commemorate the Enterprise Forum's 20th anniversary. The award honors Dr. Roberts, the David Sarnoff Professor of Management of Technology at the Sloan School. His research into the formation of high-tech companies opened a new field of academic research, and his inspiration led to the founding of the MIT Enterprise Form.
The annual award will recognize the company founders who have nurtured their own firms to major corporate size by the age of 35. It recognizes those who create and manage growth and innovation in the earliest years of their careers, and who motivate the entrepreneurialspirit of others as industry leaders and young exemplars of entrepreneurial values.
Registration at the door is $10 for Enterprise Forum members and $15 for non-members. For more information, call x3-8240.
A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on November 18, 1998.