Les accélérateurs SAP.iO Foundry de Munich et de Berlin vont accélérer deux startups françaises : Alcméon et Fretlink

Paris – SAP SE (NYSE) : SAP.iO Foundry Munich et SAP.iO Foundry Berlin annoncent le lancement de leurs nouvelles promotions de startups qui auront pour thème respectif le marketing & e-commerce et l’industrie 4.0. Sur 12 pépites accélérées 2 sont Françaises.

Deux startups françaises retenues pour êtres accélérées en Europe

Parmi les startups sélectionnées sur les deux programmes européens se trouvent deux jeunes pousses françaises :

  • Alcméon intègre SAP.iO Foundry Munich. Cette startup française issue de Station F, est une plateforme SaaS qui laisse aux entreprises la réinvention et l’amélioration de l’expérience client avec une messagerie centralisée multicanal. La technologie hybride d’Alcméon associe automatisation intelligente, IA, chatbots et intervention humaine pour réduire les coûts et accroître la satisfaction des clients.
  • Fretlink intègre SAP.iO Foundry Berlin. La startup aide à sécuriser, gérer et optimiser les plans de transport grâce à un produit numérique et un hub européen de transporteurs locaux. Se traduisant sous la forme d’une marketplace, elle permet aux transporteurs d’informer de leur capacité de transport disponible et ainsi recevoir des ordres de transport au juste prix pour compléter leurs chargements.

« La France dispose de nombreuses startups innovantes. Si nous en accélérerons une quinzaine en France par an avec SAP.iO  Foundry Paris, nous en accompagnons d’autres à fort potentiel sur le marché Européen. Par ces programmes nous entendons aider les startups à lever certaines barrières et soutenir l’innovation européenne » explique Alexa Gorman, SVP, Head of SAP.iO Foundries Europe. «Alcméon et Fretlink sont promues à un très bel avenir en Europe et même à l’international. Les synergies avec le Groupe SAP sont très fortes. Nous sommes ravis de pouvoir les aider dans leur développement. »

Pendant plusieurs mois, les startups sélectionnées bénéficieront d’un mentorat organisé, d’un accès aux technologies et interfaces de programmation applicative (API) de SAP ainsi que de multiples occasions de collaborer avec les dirigeants et les clients de SAP.

Focus sur le marketing et le e-commerce pour le programme SAP.iO Foundry Munich

En collaboration étroite avec les équipes SAP Customer Experience et UnternehmerTUM, la promotion de Munich se concentrera exclusivement sur les startups business-to-business (B2B) qui transforment la relation client et permettent aux clients SAP de proposer des expériences encore plus attrayantes.

La promotion intègre Alcméon et les 5 autres startups suivantes :

  • StorifyMe facilite radicalement la création, la publication et la mesure de l’impact des témoignages des clients.
  • nyris est une plateforme de recherche visuelle utilisant l’intelligence artificielle (IA) qui propose aux clients une façon plus naturelle de trouver ce qu’ils cherchent.
  • squarelovin permet permet aux marques de collecter et de traiter des images, de gérer leur droits de manière transparente et d’activer le commerce visuel et l’analyse.
  • Frontastic est la plateforme de gestion front end pour le monde piloté par les API, permettant aux entreprises de développer des front ends dernier cri et orientés clients.
  • Velou offre des résultats de recherche personnalisés aux clients et augmente les conversions et le chiffre d’affaires pour les e-commerçants dans la mode.

L’Industrie 4.0 au programme de la nouvelle promo de SAP.iO Foundry Berlin

Le programme permet aux jeunes pousses de développer des technologies qui aident les entreprises existantes à aller au-delà de la fabrication numérique et à relier de manière transparente tous les aspects d’une entreprise, de la conception à l’exploitation, en passant par les ventes et le service. Le programme SAP.iO Foundry Industry 4.0 aide les clients de SAP à trouver et à adopter ces technologies de rupture.

En plus de Fretlink, la promotion se compose des startups suivantes :

  • Agranimo produit des logiciels et des équipements de surveillance du microclimat qui transforment les informations sur les sols et le climat en une stratégie de gestion.
  • Soley permet d’économiser plusieurs millions de dollars en optimisant les portefeuilles de produits complexes.
  • LiveEO analyse les données satellitaires pour surveiller les réseaux d’infrastructures à grande échelle.
  • Wandelbots permet à tous, même à ceux qui n’ont pas d’expérience technique, d’enseigner les robots rapidement, facilement et à peu de frais.
  • 3DQR – remotely fournit aux industriels des lunettes intelligentes et de la réalité augmentée.

SAP.iO Foundry Berlin Launches Industry 4.0 Startup Acceleration Program

SAP has announced that SAP.iO Foundry Berlin kicked off its second Industry 4.0 program earlier this month, with six international business-to-business startups focused on manufacturing, logistics, supply chain management and process optimization.

The SAP.iO Foundries program enables startups to develop technologies to help existing businesses go beyond digital manufacturing and seamlessly connect all aspects of an entire company — from design to operations to sales and service. The program helps SAP customers to find and adopt these disruptive technologies.

The following startups are joining the SAP.iO Foundry Berlin Spring 2020 program:

  • Agranimo produces software and microclimate monitoring equipment that turn soil and climate information into a management strategy.
  • Fretlink connects shippers to the largest hubs of local carriers in Europe through a new standard road-freight organization.
  • Soley saves millions of dollars by optimizing complex product portfolios.
  • LiveEO analyzes satellite data to monitor large-scale infrastructure grids.
  • Wandelbots allows everyone, even those without technical experience, to teach robots quickly, easily and inexpensively.
  • 3DQR has developed a very simple and flexible solution to work with augmented reality (AR) and thereby merge digital 3D experiences into any industrial environment.

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The Rise of Customer Experience in Fintech and GRC

Debt collection and a great customer experience are two concepts not typically combined. The image of an intimidating, baseball bat-carrying debt collector is too ingrained in our cultural consciousness.

So being the “friendliest debt collectors in Europe” is quite a bold goal for troy, one of six startups invited to a dedicated financial technology (fintech) program focused on finance and governance, risk and compliance (GRC) in Berlin by the SAP.iO Foundries.

Philip Rürup, CEO of troy, makes clear that creating a friendly customer experience in debt collection is more than a marketing slogan; it is a mindset backed up by technology and proven key performance indicators (KPIs). By treating people as customers and not debtors, troy has found unique solutions to incorporate customer experience into the debt collection process. According to Rürup, this  induces people to pay their debts faster, pay more, and even pay “happily.”

“We found that 50 percent of people simply forgot to pay, or just faced a short-term bottleneck,” explained Rürup. “So, it doesn’t make sense to use heavy-handed approaches here.”

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A win-win situation for both parties: SAP.iO Foundry brings London & Partners on board as a mentor

SAP, the market leader in business software, has founded the SAP.iO Foundry to support young companies, in order to promote innovation both inside and outside the SAP world.

The participating teams of the global accelerator program receive cross-industry training and mentoring sessions for 12-14 weeks from internal and external experts, support for integration with SAP applications and access to SAP customers. The programmes end with a Demo Day, during which the startups present their solutions to SAP customers, partners and investors.

For the past few months, the German team from London & Partners has supported the SAP.iO Foundry program as a mentor in two German cities – Berlin and Munich. As the Mayor of London’s official promotional agency, London & Partners offers founders advice on internationalization and go-to-market strategies, set-up in London and access to the local eco-system. The mentoring sessions are the ideal first step to make it easier for young start-ups who want to expand into London to enter the local market.

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Governance Risk and Compliance: 6 Startup Game-changers

With ongoing financial transformation, increased regulations and growing complexity, there is huge potential in working with early-stage start-ups that help bring financial process innovation to SAP S/4HANA® customers. For this cohort, the SAP.iO Foundry Berlin Program teamed up with the S/4HANA® team to work with startups focused on GRC and FinTech innovations.

AIVIDENS: Predictive cash and risk management

WHAT THEY DO

On average, losses due to unpaid invoices represent 0.3 to 1% of companies’ annual revenue. Collection processes often start too late leading to cash or P&L issues, that is why we designed our Predictive Risk Management solution (PRIM). PRIM is designed to anticipate payment issues and calculate various financial and risk indicators. It can also prioritize cash collection processes and propose specific actions. PRIM can be applied on any debt portfolio.

UNIQUE APPROACH

By using AI and applying a proprietary risk model on customers’ financial and operational data, PRIM first predicts whether an invoice will be paid and when. PRIM then segments the debt portfolio according to payment profiles and risk levels. With this combination, PRIM helps increase cash accuracy and understand the risk breakdown. It also helps identify events requiring immediate actions, concentrate efforts where required and ease the collection strategy decision process.

TEAM: Edouard Beauvois — Co-Founder, Nicolas Mertens — Co-Founder

HANKO: FIDO-based Identity- and Authentication-as-a-Service

WHAT THEY DO

Hanko offers a passwordless multi-factor identity and authentication Cloud service for convenient and secure user authentication, enabling its customers to eliminate fraud, phishing, and credential reuse while offering a cutting-edge UX.

UNIQUE APPROACH

With Hanko, businesses can quickly integrate the most advanced authentication methods into their web portals and applications. The service is developer-friendly, supporting open Web standards and open-source SDKs. They also offer a white-label authenticator app as an option. Hanko is GDPR and PSD2 compliant.

TEAM: Felix Magedanz — Founder & CEO, Felix Dubrownik — Technical Lead, Daniel Faulhaber — Product Manager

IRISTRACE: Transforming the management of Business Risk into Value

WHAT THEY DO

Iristrace enables enterprises to better manage their business risks using control frames for their operations that can easily be changed as processes evolve.

UNIQUE APPROACH

Business experts without IT knowledge can easily design and roll out their own controls across their organisation in a record time, ensuring that the strategy reaches the front-line employees, contractors, suppliers and partners. Controls and follow-up action plans are distributed via mobile application, web or messenger. They can be rule based and scheduled automatically, triggered by events or used in self-service. The benefits include a faster implementation of strategy, better staff and supplier engagement on the company’s objectives, improved compliance, proof of execution, shorter learning cycles, lower costs and a far superior customer experience as a result.

TEAM: André Kingham — Chairman, César Mariel Alberto — CEO

PXL VISION: The secure gateway to digital identity

WHAT THEY DO

PXL Vision provides leading solutions for the automation and enhancement of digital identity verification and customer onboarding through tailored and off-the-shelf software solutions powered by the latest developments in Computer Vision and Machine Learning.

UNIQUE APPROACH

PXL Vision’s identity verification solutions deliver both seamless UX and high security through proprietary methodologies, within a fully automated software platform. Offered as both SaaS and custom hosted or on-premise solutions, PXL’s powerful technology stack is available how and where you need it.

TEAM: Michael Born — Founder & CEO, Karim Nemr — Founder & CBO, Nevena Shamoska — Founder & CTO, Roxana Porada — Founder & CPO

SPHERITY: Bridging the physical, biological and digital spheres

WHAT THEY DO

Spherity is building decentralized identity management solutions to power the 4th industrial revolution, bringing secure identities (“Digital Twins”) to machines, algorithms, and other non- human entities. Digital twins enables transactions with the following features: verifiable digital identities, P2P trust with credential-based verification, verifiable business transactions & payments, verifiable data chains (audit trails) and data provenance.

UNIQUE APPROACH

Spherity is providing the “missing puzzle piece” in solving with blockchain technologies and “Self- Sovereign Identity” design principles the challenge of data integrity in the industrial IoT applications. Their digital twins enable tamper-proof data exchange within customer journeys across mobility, supply chain and other business processes.

TEAM: Carsten Stöcker — Founder & CEO, Michael Rüther — Founder & COO

TROY: Reinvents debt collection, reduces clients’ write-offs AND preserves their customers

WHAT THEY DO

Troy is a full-service debt collection agency that builds THE platform for customer experience in debt collection. Their platform drives troy’s debt collection services which have repeatedly proven to outclass traditional providers. Their solution can be used as white-label and also supports financial BPO of receivables management.

UNIQUE APPROACH

Troy is a digital, data-driven, automated and cloud-only solution which incorporates best practices from marketing and CRM to improve the debt collection experience. And the friendliness works. Customers pay more, faster, and happily — proven by clients’ feedback and customer surveys after payment.

TEAM: Philip Rürup — Founder & MD, Till Völzke — Founder & MD, Gunnar Zarncke — CTO

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SAP.iO Kicks Off First B2B European Startup Accelerator Focused on Fintech and Governance, Risk and Compliance

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The SAP.iO Foundry Berlin kicked off a dedicated financial technology (fintech) program with participants consisting of business-to-business startups focused on finance and governance, risk and compliance (GRC), SAP SE (NYSE: SAP) said today.

With the growing complexity of regulatory laws impacting enterprises, startup solutions and innovations will help optimize enterprise resource planning processes and address customer needs. In a recent report by Deloitte, cost reduction and increased regulatory scrutiny were the main drivers of a significant increase in spending on enterprise risk management. With more than 56 percent of organizations using, or planning to use, cloud-based platforms, enterprises are looking for intelligent, real-time, actionable solutions to meet their improved efficiency goals.

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SAP.iO Kicks Off First B2B European Startup Accelerator Focused on Fintech and Governance, Risk and Compliance

 The SAP.iO Foundry Berlin kicked off a dedicated financial technology (fintech) program with participants consisting of business-to-business startups focused on finance and governance, risk and compliance (GRC), SAP SE (NYSE: SAP) said today.

With the growing complexity of regulatory laws impacting enterprises, startup solutions and innovations will help optimize enterprise resource planning processes and address customer needs. In a recent report by Deloitte, cost reduction and increased regulatory scrutiny were the main drivers of a significant increase in spending on enterprise risk management. With more than 56 percent of organizations using, or planning to use, cloud-based platforms, enterprises are looking for intelligent, real-time, actionable solutions to meet their improved efficiency goals.

These startups are joining the SAP.iO Foundry Berlin program for Fall 2019:

  • Hanko provides Fast Identity Online (FIDO)-based identity and authentication as a service. The startup is founded in Germany.
  • troy is a German-based startup that uses machine learning and artificial intelligence to combine successful debt collection with customer relationship management.
  • Iristrace is transforming the management of business risk into business value by providing risk strategy validation. The startup is headquartered in the Netherlands.
  • PXL Vision is a Swiss startup for creating and managing trusted, verified digital identities.
  • Aividens is a Belgian startup that provides predictive cash and risk management to improve cash accuracy, reduce overdue debts and improve operational efficiency and customer satisfaction.
  • Spherity, a German startup, combines unique identifiers with verifiable data to offer out-of-the-box cloud wallet capabilities.

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SAP Politikbrief Startups Journel

The SAP Government Relations team publishes a quarterly info-journal (SAP Politikbrief) for German political and public administration representatives incl. important decision makers from German executive and legislative bodies, such as the Chancellery, Federal and Regional Ministries and Parliaments, municipalities as well as scientists and academics. The Q3 Politikbrief is dedicated to startups. The journal is published in German and English, online and in print.

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So will SAP die Vielfalt in der Gründerszene fördern

Düsseldorf Rania Reda hat bereits mehrere Start-ups gegründet, groß gemacht und verkauft. Derzeit baut sie mit Augmania eine Plattform auf, die die Erstellung von Inhalten für Augmented Reality deutlich erleichtern soll.
Trotz ihrer Erfahrung tut sich die 46-jährige Gründerin schwer, im Silicon Valley von den namhaften Risikokapitalgebern eine Finanzierungsrunde zu bekommen – und das, so ist sie überzeugt, liegt weder an ihrer Geschäftsidee noch an ihrer Präsentation.

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Augmania’s SAP.iO Journey in Berlin

Dear diar….Sorry got caught away here! In a way, though, this blogpost will be akin to a diary entry. It’s an open expression of our thoughts at Augmania throughout every stage of our SAP.iO Foundry program odyssey. 

Oh yes, earlier this year, the good people of SAP invited us to participate in their ultra-ambitious accelerator program. Launched by SAP in 2017, SAP.iO aims to bolster multiple entrepreneurial ecosystems around the globe. That’s through supporting and investing in early-stage startups working in SaaS. 

A major focus of SAP.iO is the aforementioned Foundry program which we received an invitation for. Generally, the program is about 12 weeks and has taken place in entrepreneurial hubs, from New York to Tokyo. Mentorship sessions, engaging workshops, and funding opportunities are just a few perks of a Foundry program.

However, our invitation was for a rather unique SAP.iO Foundry program. In fact, it was a program with heaps of added pressure. 

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Startups by Women Get Spotlight in SAP.iO No Boundaries

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Startups by women took merely 2.2 % of venture capital in 2017 according to data from PitchBook Data Inc., a financial data and software company headquartered in Seattle. It was also found that less than 13% of venture capital went to US startups with at least one female founder.

Startups by women and minority founders have been the focus of SAP.iO No Boundaries, SAP’s initiative to offer venture capital and incubation to underrepresented entrepreneurs, since its launch at the start of 2019.

Shoba Purushothaman, a founder of multiple startups in the last 18 years, is one of the women leaders that have received support from SAP. Purushothaman and her co-founders at Hardskills, an online platform that helps companies train their workforce in behavioural skills, have been one of six startups in SAP’s new B2B diversity accelerator in Berlin.

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Jung, weiß, männlich war gestern: Warum SAP bei der Startup-Förderung einen anderen Weg geht

Das Scheinwerferlicht fällt auf Rania Redas dunkelbraunes Haar, als sie die Bühne betritt, um vor knapp 400 Leuten ihr Augmented-Reality-Startup zu präsentieren. Ihr Herz rast. Auch nach 22 Jahren im Startup-Geschäft und mehr als 70 Pitches spürt sie noch den Adrenalinrausch, sagt sie. Die Zuschauer merken davon jedoch nichts: Jeder Satz sitzt perfekt, die Gesten sind routiniert. Die ägyptische Softwareentwicklerin ist eine von sechs Gründern, die an diesem Abend beim Abschlussevent von SAPs Startup-Förderprogramm „No Boundaries“ in Berlin auf der Bühne stehen.

SAP wagt mit dem Programm derzeit etwas, was in der Branche Pioniercharakter hat: eine inklusive Startup-Förderung. Mit „No Boundaries“ hat sich der deutsche Softwarekonzern das Ziel gesetzt, mindestens 40 Prozent seines Investmentfonds SAP.iO in Startups zu stecken, die von Angehörigen von Minderheiten geführt werden. Weltweit wolle man auf diese Weise bis 2025 mehr als 200 Startups an acht Standorten fördern.

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SAP.iO Foundry Berlin: Accelerator für innovative Startups

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Ich bin Astrid Freier und leite seit Mai dieses Jahres den Accelerator SAP.iO Foundry  in Berlin. Es ist für mich ein Traumjob, da ich seit Jahren im Berliner Ökosystem zu Hause bin und hier nun wirkungsvoll die Brücke zwischen innovativen Startups, SAP und seinen Kunden schlagen kann. Mir macht es dabei sehr viel Spaß, mit diversen Teams zusammenarbeiten und meine verschiedenen Verbindungen aus Japan, USA etc. einzubringen.

Stellen Sie uns und unseren Lesern SAP.iO Foundry Berlin kurz vor!

Mit SAP.iO Foundry bieten wir innovativen Startups zweimal pro Jahr gründerfreundliche und equity-freie Programme. Kern dieser sind der Zugang zu unseren mehr als 400.000 Kunden und zu unseren Technologien, um die Lösungen der Startups mit SAP-Produkten zu verknüpfen. Uns ist dabei sehr wichtig, dass wir Gründerinnen und Gründer unterrepräsentierter Gruppen zu fördern. Gerade haben wir sechs großartige Startups im Programm, die von Frauen oder Angehörigen von Minderheiten mitgegründet wurden. Schon jetzt scouten wir für das nächste Programm nach innovativen Lösungen im Bereich Governance, Finance, Risk und Compliance, das am 30. September 2019 startet.

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SAP’s new incubator taps the potential of women and minority founders

For the past three months, Purushothaman and her co-founders at Hardskills — an online platform that helps companies train their workforce in behavioral skills—have been one of six startups in SAP’s new B2B diversity accelerator in Berlin. The German giant, a market leader in enterprise application software, launched the SAP.iO No Boundaries initiative in January, with the goal of incubating underrepresented entrepreneurs to drive inclusive entrepreneurship and level the playing field. It plans to boost 200 such startups by 2023.

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