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.
U First Capital is bringing together big companies, venture capitalists, startups, universities, to to explore investments in internet of things (IoT) and artificial intelligence startups. U First Capital’s advisory board has venture capitalists and executives from Fortune 500 companies including SAP’s Ram Jambunathan (managing director, SAP.io venture capital fund) and Manju Bansal (vice president, SAP).
As the first company in the business software industry to do so, SAP pledges to commit up to 40 percent of the investable capital in the SAP.iO Fund and scale the SAP.iO Foundries program with focus on inclusive entrepreneurship. The goal is to help at least 200 startups around the world within the next five years.
On Sunday, January 20, software giant SAP became the latest company–and, it says, the only business software company–to target a share of its venture investments directly to women and underrepresented minorities.
Its fund, called, was launched in 2017 and invests in business-to-business startups that are a fit with SAP’s own technology platforms. With $35 million to invest, it’s already put about $4 million to work in 15 companies, 60 percent of which are in the U.S. Now, under an initiative called No Boundaries, the fund will invest 40 percent of its money in women and underrepresented minorities, says SAP chief strategy officer Deepak Krishnamurthy. He says the company will start ramping up its Asia-Pacific focus within the next year.
En bouclant un second tour de table auprès du fonds londonien Balderton Capital et de SAP.io, la start-up française Andjaro auparavant connue sous le nom de Ouiteam compte accélérer le déploiement de sa plate-forme de gestion des ressources multi-sites en Europe avec l’ouverture d’un nouveau bureau au Royaume-Uni. Avec cet apport, elle prévoit également d’intégrer des fonctions d’analyse prédictive à son offre.