Dream Tech Contest 2023 (Winners) | Dell Women’s Entrepreneur Network

Congratulations Niki Irving!

The 2023 DWEN US Dream Tech winner. Niki Irving, Co-owner of Flourish Flower Farm.

Niki Irving is the co-owner of Flourish Flower Farm, a boutique flower farm plus floral design studio located in Asheville, NC. They are known for their specialty & heirloom flowers grown through sustainable, natural practices. As the daughter of a landscaper and tree farmer, Niki turned her dream of becoming a Farmer-Florist into a thriving business rooted in high quality, organic and sustainable farming practices that not just allow the beautiful flowers and land around them to flourish but also for everyone who is part of the Flourish Flower Farm experience to enjoy lush bouquets of seasonally inspired flowers. From offering fresh cut flowers at the farm stand each morning to exquisite wedding designs and onsite flower workshops that is an experience not to miss, Flourish Flower Farm is a labor of love that truly believes flowers make the world a more beautiful place. 

Read more about Niki and her Flourish Flower Farm here.

Connect with Niki here on DWEN.com

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Congratulations to our 2nd and 3rd place winners

The 2023 DWEN US Dream Tech Contest 2nd place winner is Monica Sunny of The Chai Box.

For Monica Sunny, Chai is more than just a drink, it is a part of her culture and heritage. Growing up in an Indian household, family chai time was an integral part of her daily ritual. So, when she started a family of her own, it was important to her to instill the love of Chai and the traditions – filling their home with its warm and spicy aroma and connecting them to their roots. This began the journey to creating The Chai Box. As founder and CEO, Monica brings her passion for Chai along with generations of recipes including her mother’s, to help create blends inspired by different regions in India. Connect with fellow DWEN member Monica Sunny here on DWEN.com and visit The Chai Box to learn all about the perfect cup of Chai.

The 2023 DWEN US Dream Tech Contest 3rd place winner is Jenny Wu, Founder and CEO of LACE by Jenny Wu.

As an architect, Jenny has always worked in the intersection between art and architecture. While attending Miami’s Art Basel, she wore a couple of her own 3D printed necklaces that were seen by other attendees and gained attention as well as incredible feedback. This was a springboard that pushed Jenny to further explore how utilizing the latest digital modeling and 3D printing technology could translate her architectural design sensibilities into high fashion jewelry. And in 2014 LACE by Jenny Wu was officially launched. With a commitment to maintaining an ethical practice, Jenny is dedicated to the sourcing of conflict free diamonds, using recycled precious metals, as well as supporting local jewelry craftsmen in Downtown Los Angeles. Connect with fellow DWEN member Jenny Wu here on DWEN.com or visit her business website to see how LACE by Jenny Wu is transforming the jewelry industry.

2023 US Dream Tech Contest – Finalist Videos

Missed viewing the finalist’s submission videos or just need an inspiring boost from these power entrepreneurs?
Watch them here any time.

Niki Irving


Flourish Flower Farm

Jenny Wu

Founder & Designer

LACE by Jenny Wu

Maria Palacio


Progeny Coffee

Monica Sunny

Founder & CEO

The Chai Box

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Who can enter the DWEN Dream Tech Contest?
  1. Must be a DWEN member – join HERE
  2. Must have a business with up to 100 employees registered within your country
  3. Business is female founded / co-founded or woman owned / co-owned
What happens next?
  • The 2023 US Dream Tech Contest is complete.  Join us again next year.

DWEN Dream Tech Contest




  1. Agreement to Official Rules: By entering the DWEN Dream Tech Contest (the “Contest”) You (“You”, “Your” or “Entrant”) hereby fully and unconditionally agree to these official rules (the “Official Rules”) and Sponsor’s and Administrator’s decisions, which are final and binding in all matters related to the Contest. Winning a prize is contingent upon fulfilling all requirements set forth herein. Any violation of these Official Rules will result in disqualification.
  2. Eligibility: The Contest is open only to DWEN members, with a profile on dwen.com, that are legal residents of the fifty (50) United States and the District of Columbia who are at least eighteen (18) years old (nineteen (19) in AL, DE and NE; twenty-one (21) in MS), or age of majority, whichever is older in state of residence, at the date of entry into Contest. To be eligible you have to have a registered business with 0-99 employees in the United States, you must be a woman Founder / Co-Founder, or woman Business Owner / Co-Owner of the company. Employees and representatives of Dell Inc., Innovatis, their subsidiaries, and any of their parent and affiliate companies as well as the immediate family (spouse, parents, siblings and children) and household members of each such employee are not eligible. Government employees including all federal, state, county, city or municipal government employees, state funded universities and colleges, all types of public officials including elected officials, private individual or firms where the Government has outsourced Government functions, and K-12 employees are not eligible. Employees of the City of New York are not eligible. The Contest is subject to all applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations and is void where prohibited.

NOTICE TO HEALTHCARE EMPLOYEES: If You are employed in the healthcare industry, prior to awarding any prizes You will be required to obtain certification that acceptance of the contest prize is permitted in accordance with applicable law and ethics policies of Your employer.

  1. Sponsor: Dell Marketing, L.P., One Dell Way, Round Rock, TX 78682. Administrator: Innovatis.
  1. Timing: The Contest begins on March 3, 2023 at 7:00 a.m. (“CT”) and applications end on April 30th, 2023 at 1:30 p.m. CT (the “Contest Period”) and consists of the following phases (“Phases”):
PhaseStart Date End Date 
(Application Submission)
March 3, 2023 7:00 a.m. CTApril 30, 2023 1:30 p.m. CT

Judging Dell 

(top 15 entries)

May 1, 2023May 12, 2023
Top 15 entries Upload VideoMay 12, 2023 7:00 a.m. CTMay 21, 2023 midnight
Judging Dell
(4 semi-finalists)
May 22, 2023June 2, 2023
Judging on dwen.com/dreamtech

June 5, 2023, 9:00 a.m. CT

June 9, 2023, 5:00 p.m. CT

Internal / LegalJune 12, 2023June 23, 2023
Winner AnnouncementJune 26, 2023June 30, 2023

Administrator’s computer is the official time-keeping device for the Contest.

  1. How to Enter: Only DWEN members are eligible to participate. To become a DWEN member, you must fill out a short form (at: www.dwen.com/dreamtech), and opt-into becoming a DWEN member by selecting the “Non-member” path to the contest application. The short opt-in form will automatically redirect to the full Dream Tech Contest Application. Upon submission of the contest application, an automatic email be sent to confirm a successful application. For existing DWEN members a link to the contest registration form will be sent via email, but members can also apply through the ungated landing page by selecting the “existing member” path which will prompt a log-in on www.dwen.com/dreamtech. By entering this Contest you agree that your entry (Your Entry) conforms to the Submission Guidelines and Content Restrictions as defined below (collectively, the “Guidelines and Restrictions”) and that Sponsor may disqualify You from the Contest if it believes, in its sole discretion, that Your Entry fails to conform to the Submission Guidelines and Restrictions.

Submission Guidelines:

  • The Submission includes a fully completed contest registration form in text format developed by the organizer of the contest. After the contest registration form closes, 15 finalists will be chosen and contacted to submit a short video (approx. 3 min), introducing yourself, your company, and what goals and/or challenges would be addressed if you were to win the technology
  • After the video submissions are closed, Dell will select 4 finalists whom will be voted on by the public on dwen.com/dreamtech
  • The Submission must be in English; and
  • The Submission cannot have been submitted previously in a promotion of any kind or exhibited or displayed publicly through any means prior to submission.

Content Restrictions: 

  • The Submission must not contain material that violates or infringes another’s rights, including but not limited to privacy, publicity or intellectual property rights, or that constitutes copyright infringement;
  • The Submission must not disparage Sponsor, Innovatis or any other person or party affiliated with the promotion and administration of this Contest;
  • The Submission must not feature brand names or trademarks other than Dell’s mark, which Entrant has a limited license to use to incorporate into his/her Submission for this Contest;
  • The Submission must not contain text not created by Entrant;
  • The Submission must not contain text that is inappropriate, indecent, obscene hateful, tortious, defamatory, slanderous or libelous;
  • The Submission must not contain text that promotes bigotry, racism, hatred or harm against any group or individual or promotes discrimination based on race, gender, religion, nationality, disability, sexual orientation or age; and
  • The Submission must not contain material that is unlawful, in violation of or contrary to the laws or regulations in any jurisdiction where Submission is created.

Limit: Each Entrant may enter the Contest one (1) time during the Contest Period. Submissions received from any person or email address in excess of the stated limit will be void. Submissions generated by script, macro or other automated means are void. Entrant must have permission from all individuals mentioned in the Submission (if any) to use their name and likeness in the Submission and to grant the rights set forth herein. If requested, Entrant must be able to provide such permissions in a form acceptable to Sponsor. Uploading a Submission constitutes Entrant’s consent to give Sponsor a royalty-free, irrevocable, perpetual, non-exclusive license to use, reproduce, modify, publish, create derivative works from, and display such submissions in whole or in part, on a worldwide basis, and to incorporate it into other works, in any form, media or technology now known or later developed, including for promotional or marketing purposes globally. If requested, Entrant will sign any documentation required for Sponsor or its designees to make use of the non-exclusive rights Entrant is granting to use the Submission. Released Parties (as defined in Section 9, below) are not responsible for lost, late, stolen, damaged, incomplete, invalid, un-intelligible, garbled, delayed or misdirected Submissions, all of which will be void.

In the event of a dispute regarding any Submission, the authorized account holder of the email address used to register will be deemed to be the Entrant. The “authorized account holder” is the natural person assigned an email address by an Internet access provider, online service provider or other organization responsible for assigning email addresses for the domain associated with the submitted address. Each potential winner may be required to show proof of being the authorized account holder.

YOUR REPRESENTATIONS:  By submitting an Entry, You affirmatively represent that You have read and agree to these Official Rules. In addition, by submitting an Entry, You represent that (a) the Entry is original, (b) You are the sole creator of the Entry, (c) the Entry does not infringe the intellectual property rights, including, any patent, copyright, trademark or other proprietary rights of any third party, (d) the Entry has not previously been entered in any other contest or competition, and (e) the Entry has not been previously published in any medium, (f) the Entry does not violate any local, state, national or foreign laws.


If You believe that Your work has been copied in any way without Your permission, please provide the following information to our agent to receive Notification of Claimed Copyright Infringement identified below. Your notice must contain the following:

  • Your electronic or physical signature;
  • A description of the work You claim has been infringed;
  • Identification of the work You claim infringes the copyrighted work and a description of where it is located on the Dell website;
  • Your address, telephone number and email address;
  • A statement by You that You have a good faith belief that the infringing use is not authorized by the copyright owner, the copyright owner’s agent or by law; and
  • A statement by You, under penalty of perjury, that the above information in Your notice is accurate and that You are the copyright owner or authorized to act on the copyright owner’s behalf.

Our agent to receive Notification of Claimed Copyright Infringement can be reached as follows:  copyright@dell.com

  1. Winner Determination: After the conclusion of the Contest Period, a panel of qualified judges determined by Dell in its sole discretion will select top 15 entries from among all eligible Entries received, based on an application of the following criteria (“Judging Criteria”).

Selection of top 10 entries:

  • Completeness of application form (15%);
  • Compelling business story: Unique products or services offered; Driving community or sustainability impact; Technology as an essential component of business / growth plan (35%)
  • Fit to Contest Theme – A compelling technology need to grow your business (50%)

Selection of four semi-finalists:

The top 15 entries will be prompted to submit a 3 min video and provide a summary of how the prize would help their business and a high resolution photo of the owner/entrepreneur. From these video entries, 4 semi-finalists will be selected for the DWEN.com voting phase.  The 4 semi-finalists will be selected according to the below criteria:

  • Creativity/Originality of video submission (15%);
  • Completeness of application form (15%);
  • Compelling business story: Unique products or services offered; Driving community or sustainability impact; Technology as an essential component of business / growth plan (20%)
  • Fit to Contest Theme – A compelling technology need to grow your business (50%)

Selection of three winners:

DWEN.com will be the place where the three winners will be selected. Each of the 4 finalists will be added to a poll which will be open June 5-9. The contestants will be encouraged to promote the contest on their social media handles and drive people to the poll on dwen.com The short videos the contestants recorded for the final round, will live on dwen.com/dreamtech so voters can deep dive into their story a bit more. Only organic and authentic votes will be counted as determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion (e.g. purchased likes or “bot” likes will not be counted).

  1. Winner Requirements: The top 15 entries will be notified by email, mail or phone on or around May 12, Last 4 finalists will be notified around June 2 and the three winners between on or around June 16th. Except where prohibited, each potential winner will be required to sign and return to Innovatis or Dell within ten (10) days of the date notice or attempted notice is sent, an Affidavit of Eligibility and Liability Release and a valid W9 form (for prizes exceeding $600 in retail value), which must be received by Innovatis / Dell within ten (10) days of the date notice or attempted notice is sent, in order to claim his/her prize. If a potential winner cannot be contacted, fails to sign and return the Affidavit of Eligibility and Liability Release or provide any other requested information within the required time period (if applicable), does not comply with these Official Rules, or prize is returned as undeliverable, potential winner forfeits the prize. If a potential winner is disqualified for any reason, the prize may be awarded to a runner-up determined by the qualified judges, in Sponsor’s sole discretion. Only three (3) alternate winners may be determined, after which the applicable prize will remain un-awarded. Acceptance of any prize shall constitute and signify each winner’s agreement and consent that Sponsor and its designees may use the winner’s name, city, state, likeness, Submission and/or prize information in connection with the Contest for promotional, advertising or other purposes, worldwide, in any and all media now known or hereafter devised, including the Internet, without limitation and without further payment, notification, permission or other consideration, except where prohibited by law. Each winner shall irrevocably grant, transfer, convey and assign to Sponsor the entirety of the rights in and to the Submission and all renewals and extensions of copyright, and the right to secure copyright registrations thereto in perpetuity including, without limitation, the rights to use the Submission for any and all purposes in any and all media whether now known or hereafter developed, on a worldwide basis, in perpetuity. Each winner accepts and acknowledges that Sponsor shall not be obligated to use the Submission and that Sponsor in its sole discretion shall have the right to refrain from using the Submission. By entering, You agree that You are in compliance with all of Your employers’ rules, policies, and procedures that relate to accepting prizes. Each winner will indemnify Sponsor, Released Parties (as defined in Section 9, below) and any licensee of Sponsor against all claims, damages, liabilities, and expenses (including reasonable counsel fees and legal expenses) arising out of any breach of these terms and these Official Rules. Prizes will be ordered within 2 months after the winner announcement.
  1. Prizes: The winners will be required to create a dell.com My Account, if they don’t already have one, in order to receive Dell Reward Points in the value of : $40,000 USD for 1st place, $15,000 USD for 2nd place and $5,000 USD for 3rd place. A Dell tech Advisor will also be assigned to each winner, to help select appropriate technology based on the business needs. Prizes are non-transferable and no substitution will be made except as provided herein at the Sponsor’s sole discretion. Prizes not manufactured or sold by Dell will be awarded without warranty of any kind, express or implied, without limitation. Prizes awarded will not in any way influence any decision in doing business with Dell. Prize was not given in connection with or related to any sale or commercial transaction or promise related thereto. Sponsor reserves the right to substitute a prize for one of equal or greater value if the designated prize should become unavailable for any reason. The winning business is responsible for all taxes and fees associated with prize receipt and/or use. Limit: One (1) prize per business. Total ARV of all prizes: $60,000.00 USD.
  1. Release: By entering, You agree to release and hold harmless the Sponsor, Dell Marketing L.P.,  Innovatis and their respective subsidiaries, affiliates, suppliers, distributors, advertising/promotion agencies, and prize suppliers, and each of their respective parent companies and each such company’s officers, directors, employees and agents (collectively, the “Released Parties”) from and against any claim or cause of action, including, but not limited to, personal injury, death, or damage to or loss of property, arising out of participation in the Contest, the content of your video, or receipt or use or misuse of any prize.   You further understand and agree that all rights under Section 1542 of the Civil Code of California (“Section 1542”) and any similar law of any state or territory of the United States that may be applicable with respect to the foregoing release are hereby expressly and forever waived.  You acknowledge that Section 1542 provides that: “A GENERAL RELEASE DOES NOT EXTEND TO CLAIMS WHICH THE CREDITOR DOES NOT KNOW OR SUSPECT TO EXIST IN HIS OR HER FAVOR AT THE TIME OF EXECUTING THE RELEASE, WHICH, IF KNOWN BY HIM OR HER MUST HAVE MATERIALLY AFFECTED HIS OR HER SETTLEMENT WITH THE DEBTOR.”  The releases hereunder are intended to apply to all claims not known or suspected to exist with the intent of waiving the effect of laws requiring the intent to release future unknown claims.
  1. General Conditions:Sponsor reserves the right to cancel, suspend and/or modify the Contest, or any part of it, if any fraud, technical failures, human error or any other factor impairs the integrity or proper functioning of the Contest, as determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion.
    If terminated, Sponsor may, in its sole discretion, determine the winners from among all non-suspect, eligible Submissions received up to time of such action using the judging procedure outlined above. Sponsor, in its sole discretion, reserves the right to disqualify any entrant or
    contestant it finds to be tampering with the Submission process or the operation of the Contest or to be acting in violation of the Official Rules of this or any other promotion or in an unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner (including purchasing or using other financial incentives to drive votes) and
    void all associated Submissions. Any attempt by any person to deliberately undermine the legitimate operation of the Contest may be a violation of criminal and civil law, and, should such an attempt be made, Sponsor reserves the right to seek damages and other remedies (including attorneys’ fees) from any such person to the fullest extent permitted by law. Sponsor’s failure to enforce any term of these Official Rules shall not constitute a waiver of that provision.
  1. Limitations of Liability:Released Parties are not responsible for: (1) any incorrect or inaccurate information, whether caused by Entrant, printing, typographical, omission or other errors or by any of the equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the Contest; (2) technical failures of any kind, including, but not limited to malfunctions, interruptions, or disconnections in phone lines or network hardware or software; (3) unauthorized human intervention in any part of the Submission process or the Contest; (4) printing, typographical, technical, computer, network or human error which may occur in the administration of the Contest, the uploading, the processing or judging of Submissions, the announcement of the prizes or in any Contest-related materials; (5) late, lost, undeliverable, damaged or stolen mail; or (6) any injury or damage to persons or property which may be caused, directly or indirectly, in whole or in part, from Entrant’s participation in the Contest or receipt or use or misuse of any prize (including any travel/activity related thereto). Released Parties are not responsible for misdirected or undeliverable Submissions or for any technical problems, malfunctions of computer systems, servers, providers, hardware/software, lost or unavailable network connections or failed, incomplete, garbled or delayed computer transmission or any combination thereof. Released Parties are not responsible for any unauthorized third-party use of any Submission. If by reason of a printing, typographical, technical, computer, network, human or other error, more prizes are claimed than the number set forth in these rules, all persons making purportedly valid claims will be included in a random drawing to award the advertised number of prizes available. No more than the advertised number of prizes will be awarded.
  1. Disputes: Except where prohibited, Entrant agrees that any and all disputes, claims and causes of action arising out of, or connected with, the Contest or any prize awarded shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action, and exclusively by United States District Court for the Western District of Texas and the Texas State District Court in Williamson County, Texas. All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Official Rules, Entrant’s rights and obligations, or the rights and obligations of the Sponsor in connection with the Contest, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the laws of the State of Texas, without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rules (whether of the State of Texas or any other jurisdiction), which would cause the application of the laws of any jurisdiction other than the State of Texas.
  1. Entrant’s Personal Information: By participating in this Contest, You consent for Sponsor to collect or otherwise process your name, address, phone number, email address and information about your company, and your IT environment  for prize fulfillment purposes for the winners (and for a potential consolation prize fulfillment for semi-finalists to be determined by Dell in its sole discretion) and contacting the Entrants, semi-finalists and finalists on the next steps while advancing in the contest in addition to promotions, marketing and advertising of Sponsor’s and its affiliates’ events, products, and services as set forth in Sponsor’s Privacy Statement available at www.dell.com/privacy; and (ii) to share your name, address, email with the Administrator for purposes of contacting Entrants, semi-finalists and finalists for the next steps required as well as providing the winners with waivers to be signed before announcing the winners as well as contacting you to review your IT environment and ordering all needed technology to be delivered and installed on premise your company. Innovatis Group Privacy Policy
  1. Winner List: For a winner list, visit dwen.com/dreamtech.  The winner list will be posted after winner confirmation is complete.
  1. Mailing List Name Removal Notification System: If You would like Your name removed from Sponsor’s mailing list visit www.dell.com/optout.