What sports can teach entrepreneurs: Life lessons for business success

Sports teach discipline. In my case, athletics also taught me a lot about culture, as soccer wasn’t embraced in American when I was young.

Athletics provided an opportunity to play alongside some amazing friends who either came from or descended from different parts of the world, which prepared me for today’s workforce. The strongest companies recognize the importance of diversity and inclusion, and we operate in a global economy.

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Startup Boosts Industry-Wide Business Agility

The COVID-19 pandemic is an extreme test in business agility, particularly across some of the hardest hit industries like healthcare, supermarkets, and manufacturing. Iristrace, a European-based startup, has developed a cloud-based platform that one hospital in Spain is testing to provide better patient care regardless of unpredictable demands.

Healthcare providers can use the COVID Patient Record Management mobile app to monitor real-time data about everything from hospital bed capacity by room, to what equipment each patient is being treated with, and their vital signs.

“The algorithm helps simplify decisions for more informed and effective conversations about next steps,” said André Kingham, chairman of Iristrace. “Like most organizations, hospitals can’t easily rework IT systems to add new protocols. Our cloud-based solution allows the hospital to quickly evolve protocols and cascade compliance into patient care without IT expertise.”

Save time, reduce mistakes, improve patient care

Physicians, nurses, and other healthcare practitioners on the front lines can rely on the mobile app for continuity of daily patient care. Whether they are at the patient’s bedside or behind the scenes with testing and research, providers can use the app to reliably capture and analyze relevant information. This can speed up hospital admissions and patient transfers for surgery, and support safer handovers during shift changes along with better release decisions.

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How the SAP.iO Foundry TLV’s TVPage Brings Online Sellers to E-commerce

TVPage creates a touchless & engaging retail experience online through shoppable videos with savvy sellers.

As more and more brands have shifted to the E-commerce world as their primary sales channel, they seem to have forgotten one crucial player along the way: the seller. Especially today, as people are less frequently walking into stores and avoiding physical engagements altogether, the role of the online seller is critical; people buy from people, not ads. These sellers operate as brand ambassadors who represent the brand online, much like a salesperson would in a physical store.

The solution that seamlessly helps brands provide expertise and guidance to consumers through digital ambassadors? TVPage.

TVPage provides every brand the ability to turn on ambassador digital storefronts on their websites, empowering subject matter experts, in-store sales associates, influencers, and savvy customers to promote and sell their products online. With TVPage, brands transform their sales team into ambassadors who sell on their digital storefronts on the brand’s site, with an intuitive platform that measures results and commissions ambassadors on their actual sales. Today’s consumers depend more and more on recommendations to help dictate their purchasing decisions, and TVPage allows brands to seamlessly engage with their consumers through digital ambassadors.

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How Aiola’s “Non-Techie Friendly” Virtual Analyst Helps CPGs Maximize Performance

Today, business users are primarily responsible for a company’s core operational and commercial decision processes. However, these individuals are often disconnected from the advanced analytics and data teams in their organizations. Simply put, CPGs’ decision makers aren’t making enough data-driven decisions, and ultimately missing out on the opportunity to maximize sales and boost ROI.

Enter Aiola.

Aiola developed a super powerful virtual analyst that helps CPG managers in the sales, marketing, trade, and planning departments make better data-driven decisions. While an analyst’s mother tongue is “data science” and a sales manager speaks “business language,” Aiola‘s virtual analyst bridges the communication gap between teams.

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SAP.iO Foundries: Healthcare Startups Transform Pandemic Response

Healthcare startups are challenging longtime industry practices and assumptions, transforming everything from patient care to organizational efficiencies.

Two entrepreneurs recently participated in the latest healthcare-focused accelerator program at SAP.iO Foundry New York and shared their respective missions to help patients and providers in a vastly changed healthcare landscape.

Real-Time Intelligence Improves Time Management

Applying computer science and systems thinking to improve people’s lives has been a central tenet of Kishau Rogers’ career as an engineer and computer scientist. The COVID-19 pandemic has only amped up the mission behind her newest venture called Time Study. More than 35 hospitals throughout the U.S. rely on the startup’s “time intelligence” cloud-based platform, which uses machine learning to track how physicians, researchers, and other healthcare employees spend their time.

“Instead of just counting hours worked, we wanted to shift the concept of timesheets to a human-centered approach, elevating opportunities to improve people’s lives at work,” Rogers said. “Many of the time management issues we were already looking at, such as data silos and complexity, have only been amplified by the pandemic.”

Time Study has helped hospitals better understand fast-changing workforce movements, whether employees were hunting for scarce personal protective equipment (PPE), jumping into different care-giving roles onsite, or providing new patient services like telehealth. Some hospitals have improved data collection and reporting times by 80 percent and increased regulatory compliance by more than 120 percent.

“Having this platform during the crisis allowed hospitals to see the immediate impact on physician satisfaction levels and performance, as well as employee activities and workflow,” Rogers explained. “Many hospitals are using this data to make resource adjustments as they uncover work performance patterns. With real-time insights, they can better align resources while meeting quality patient care and evolving compliance mandates around patient care standards and reimbursement.”

Rogers was particularly excited about Time Study’s recently launched mobile app. In addition to selecting from time entry categories, healthcare workers can use voice notes to capture tasks in the moment, upload text messages, or time themselves as they perform activities. As the algorithm learns someone’s work patterns, people can spend less time on reporting.

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SAP.iO Accelerator Program, E.ON, and IEC Partner to Find Startups in the Utilities Space

SAP.iO has announced a collaboration with E.ON Innovation and Israel Electric Corporation (IEC) for its upcoming startup acceleration program in Tel Aviv. E.ON Innovation is the strategic innovation entity of E.ON, one of Europe’s largest energy companies, and both collaborators are clients of SAP.

The 12-week program provides startups with curated support from within and outside SAP, access to its technologies, and opportunities to work with SAP customers from around the world. The next program is designed to specifically focus on solutions for the utilities sector.

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The SAP.iO Foundry TLV’s Pecan Gives Data Science Superpowers to Any Business

For companies to survive, having the ability to make data-driven decisions is a non-negotiable. However, as companies accumulate exponentially more data, taking advantage of all this data becomes more complex. More data allows for more advanced, more actionable insights — but companies often face a shortage of data scientists to build data models and decipher them.

Meet Pecan.

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SAP.iO Foundry TLV’s Sampler Brings a Personalized Experience Right to Your Doorstep

Today, brands spend between 5–50% of their annual marketing budget on product sampling (Sampler Research). However, brands have been blindly distributing samples, unable to effectively target consumers and measure ROI on traditional product sampling strategies.

The solution that helps large Consumer Packaged Goods companies get their products into the right hands, while providing a personalized and memorable experience for consumers? Sampler.

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How SRP is Revolutionizing the Neighborhood Grocery Ecosystem

Today’s neighborhood grocery ecosystem is primarily composed of three key players: large Consumer Products companies, local grocery stores, and consumers. Each entity faces a plethora of challenges: CPGs face harsh competition from retailers and struggle to influence customers, grocery stores lack proper management and operational tools and can’t make data-driven decisions, and consumers are turned off by crowded retail grocery shopping, and a delivery alternative comes with expensive fees.

The (one-stop) solution to a more economical retail format? SRP.

SRP developed a digital and data-driven Nearby Retail Platform (NRP) that connects CPGs, grocery stores, and consumers. SRP allows CPGs to boost revenues and influence customers, helps grocery stores flourish with advanced management & operational tools, and provides consumers with a seamless and intuitive way to shop

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Sampler + SAP partner to make CRM capture seamless

Product sampling is one of the best ways to generate new opt-ins for a brand’s consumer database, but getting data from external vendor systems to a brand’s CRM system can often be challenging. We recently participated in SAP.iO Foundry Consumer Products Cohort to establish a solution that process easier than ever. By integrating into SAP’s Customer Data Cloud, Sampler clients can add data collected in their programs seamlessly into their CRM system, in a flexible, standardized, fast and secure method. In this video, our founder and CEO, Marie Chevrier walks you through how Sampler helps CPG brands all over the world distribute product samples in a more targeted way and how this new exciting partnership will help build solutions for Sampler and SAP clients alike. 

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How TVPage Brings Online Sellers to E-commerce

As more and more brands have shifted to the E-commerce world as their primary sales channel, they seem to have forgotten one crucial player along the way: the seller. Especially today, as people are less frequently walking into stores and avoiding physical engagements altogether, the role of the online seller is critical; people buy from people, not ads. These sellers operate as brand ambassadors who represent the brand online, much like a salesperson would in a physical store.

The solution that seamlessly helps brands provide expertise and guidance to consumers through digital ambassadors? TVPage.

TVPage provides every brand the ability to turn on ambassador digital storefronts on their websites, empowering subject matter experts, in-store sales associates, influencers, and savvy customers to promote and sell their products online. With TVPage, brands transform their sales team into ambassadors who sell on their digital storefronts on the brand’s site, with an intuitive platform that measures results and commissions ambassadors on their actual sales. Today’s consumers depend more and more on recommendations to help dictate their purchasing decisions, and TVPage allows brands to seamlessly engage with their consumers through digital ambassadors.

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How Sampler Brings a Personalized Experience Right to Your Doorstep

Today, brands spend between 5–50% of their annual marketing budget on product sampling (Sampler Research). However, brands have been blindly distributing samples, unable to effectively target consumers and measure ROI on traditional product sampling strategies.

The solution that helps large Consumer Packaged Goods companies get their products into the right hands, while providing a personalized and memorable experience for consumers? Sampler.

Sampler is a Direct-to-Consumer product sampling platform that allows brands to target, track, and measure their sampling program from start to finish. By targeting the right audience, gathering information about the consumer’s profile, sending samples directly to homes, and gleaning feedback from the data collected, Sampler helps brands gather the insights they need to build one-on-one relationships with consumers. Having worked with over 400 brands such as industry giants L’Oréal and Nestlé and reaching over 50 million consumers globally in 24 different countries, it is clear that Sampler is on to something.

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