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SAP.iO: Two Years, Three Key Learnings

By | Fund, Foundries, Blog, Global

Once upon a time, the startup vs. big company story was like that of David and Goliath. The large company, comfortable in its market dominance, only to be upset by the agile, hungry, underdog startup who used its lowly position to have an ear closer to the ground of innovation. The managing Director of SAP.iO had the privilege of helping to direct a different story: that of the mouse and the lion realized how their unique strengths and sizes can complement each other.

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Underrepresented: #womanintech Realties in Berlin Vol. 1

By | Blog, Berlin, Inclusiveness

One of guiding principles of SAP.iO Fund and Foundry is its focus on Inclusive Entrepreneurship — which is about empowering women and minority entrepreneurs to build successful businesses around SAP. We’re proud that more than 40% of SAP.iO’s startups are founded or led by women and/or minority entrepreneurs.

But recent reports show that despite the best efforts, the ecosystem in Europe as was whole is still lagging behind.

Whilst most of us were busy with holiday shopping and wrapping up 2018, an alarming report was released on Dec 6th — to remind us of the urgent work ahead in 2019…

Here’s how to improve diversity in startups

By | Blog, Inclusiveness

Innovation has always been about generating good ideas by challenging the status quo with new viewpoints. That is why diversity is fundamental to the sustained success of any innovation ecosystem. Promoting diversity in entrepreneurship and technological innovation can deliver greater economic and societal value.

As society experiments with new technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), we must be careful to ensure that our own individual biases do not taint the data we use to train AI algorithms. Training data must accurately represent human viewpoints from the global population, so that AI can augment humans ethically, safely, and fairly.

Announcing the SAP.iO Foundry NY Winter 2019 Cohort of Enterprise Social Impact Tech Startups

By | Foundries, Blog, New York

Today, we are thrilled to welcome eight companies comprising our second class at SAP.iO Foundry NY. For this cohort, we wanted to take our vision of inclusive entrepreneurship a step farther beyond the work we did with our inaugural cohort of women-led enterprise tech startups. Stemming from a desire to use technology as a catalyst for action and change, we not only wanted to work with a class of women and diverse founders, but those that everyday are making a social impact in sustainability or helping companies do business without bias.

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Principled Leadership

By | Blog, Global

Over the course of the last two years, our team has grown from eight people to more than one hundred twenty. It’s been a sight to behold. But growth also brings its own challenges. Two years ago, we were in the trenches together day after day. We were close to the problems. The field of battle was concentrated. Today, the theater has sprawled. We have distinctly different businesses, different foci, and different skills. We have matured as an organization. And that maturity creates distance between each of our leaders and those on the front lines.

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