Open for Collaboration: SAP.iO Foundry Munich

The SAP.iO Foundry Munich officially launched on May 14th with a gathering of over 100 executives, entrepreneurs, collaborators, and colleagues. Philippe Souidi, Head the new Foundry, moderated the program, which featured insights from Alexa Gorman (SVP, Head of SAP.iO Foundries Europe), Moritz Zimmermann (Chef Technology Officer, SAP Customer Experience), and Eugenio Cassiano (Chief Innovation Officer, SAP Customer Experience).

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Ein Innovationsnetzwerk für ein besseres Kundenerlebnis aufbauen

Die SAP sucht Start-ups, die E-Commerce-Lösungen oder Anwendungen für Multichannel-Kundenbindung entwickeln. Diese Lösungen werden dann über die SAP Cloud Platform Extension Factory an SAP-Customer-Experience-Lösungen angebunden. Mehr zum Accelerator-Programm.

Moritz Zimmermann ist seit mehr als 20 Jahren Unternehmer. Direkt nach der Uni gründete er gemeinsam mit Kollegen die Firma hybris, die auf E-Commerce- und Omnichannel-Lösungen spezialisiert ist und im Jahr 2013 von SAP übernommen wurde. Zimmermann ist bekennender Fan neuer Technologien und der Start-up-Mentalität.

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Applications are open for the SAP.iO Foundry Munich 2019 September cohort!

The SAP.iO Foundry Munich opened its doors on May 14th and offers a no-equity ask program that provides access to SAP APIs, SAP technologies, and opportunities to meet SAP’s customers. The focus is on Customer Experience in close collaboration with SAP Business Units, SAP Commerce Cloud, SAP Marketing Cloud,  SAP Sales Cloud, SAP Service Cloud, and SAP Consumer Data Cloud. We are looking for B2B SaaS startups to join us for our 2019 Autumn cohort, beginning mid-September. The startups can apply for the 3 month program until July 1st here: https://www.f6s.com/sap.iofoundrymunich

Start-ups and the SAP CX Partner Ecosystem

SAP Customer Experience has closely collaborated with start-ups over the past year, which showed an enormous acceleration in innovation and gave selected SAP CX teams the agility and speed to increase the output of new product pilots significantly. One example is digital search. SAP Customer Experience Labs developed a prototype, called FashionLabs, which allows consumers to take a picture of an item of clothing and then, through visual analysis, shows them similar garments. The IP (intellectual property) for the visual search component in this prototype doesn’t come from SAP, but from a startup (Syte.ai).

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How to Nurture an Innovation Ecosystem for Customer Experience

For more than 20 years, Moritz Zimmermann has been an entrepreneur. He helped found Hybris (an omnichannel ecommerce company, acquired by SAP in 2013 for $1.4B USD) right out of university and is a self-professed lover of new technology and the startup culture. Now as Chief Technology Officer for SAP’s Customer Experience business unit and responsible for developing the SAP C/4HANA CRM suite, he’s helping to nurture an innovation ecosystem that will compliment and extend the reach of the suite. With support from Moritz’s team, SAP will open a new startup accelerator in Munich, Germany on May 14 that will invest in young companies focused on customer-experience. The center is part of the SAP.iO Foundries, an SAP-run accelerator which invests in early-stage enterprise startups and has locations in Berlin, New York, San Francisco, Paris and Tel Aviv.

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