SAP.iO Foundry Paris lance un nouvel appel à candidatures pour trouver les startups qui formeront la cinquième promotion de son accélérateur. Pour répondre aux défis posés par la crise du COVID-19, cette cohorte sera spécialisée dans l’approvisionnement. Les startups françaises mais aussi européennes peuvent déposer leur candidature jusqu’au 19 juillet pour espérer bénéficier, pendant 10 semaines, du programme d’accélération de SAP.
German multinational SAP SE launched the second cohort of its foundry program in Tel Aviv this week, run by the company’s venture capital arm SAP.iO. Seven new Israeli startups in the consumer products industry are taking part in the second cycle of the program, launched with a virtual kickoff event on Monday.
The seven selected startups are:
- Aiola, which developed an analytical product for CPG (consumer packaged goods) companies that integrates with consumer data from the ERP, CRM and BI systems, and creates advance analytical models using deep learning technologies.
- Hexa, an immersive content (3D/AR) as-a-service company that converts retail partners’ existing imagery into 3D and AR assets. Hexa’s customers include Macy’s, Google, Logitech.
- Pecan, an automated predictive analytics platform that does not require any data scientists or data science capabilities. The startup emerged from stealth mode in February, announcing a $15 million funding round led by Dell Technologies Capital and Israeli VC firm S Capital.
- Sampler, a direct-to-consumer product sampling platform that helps brands deliver samples online and gather insights to build one-to-one relationships with consumers. The company says it works with over 300 brands including L’Oréal, Nestlé, Unilever, and Pepsi.
- SRP, which helps connect brands, local stores, and consumers on a single Nearby Platform (NP) to boost business and create a unique direct-to-consumer sales channel (D2C). Stores in the private sector use SRP’s mobile app to manage relationships with vendors, customers, and store operations “in a way that was until recently exclusive for large retailers.”
- TrenDemon, which provides content marketing insights and automation. The solution helps marketers, advertisers, and publishers better understand the impact of their content on revenue.
- TVPage, a company that allows retailers to sell their products online via brand ambassadors and digital storefronts.
SAP.iO Foundry Tel Aviv announced the launch of its second program, focused on startups in the consumer products industry, with a virtual kickoff event that took place on Monday. “We understand that especially now, in light of the Covid-19 crisis, even the best startups will need support in reaching global markets and we are fully committed to supporting our selected portfolio companies in doing so, together with SAP,” said Lior Weizman, director of SAP.iO Foundry Tel Aviv.
Plum, a software-as-a-service company that provides enterprise organizations with the data they need to quantify the potential of their workforce, announced today that they acquired a new enterprise customer, Bentley Systems, the leading global provider of software solutions to engineers, architects, geospatial professionals, constructors, and owner-operators for the design, construction, and operations of infrastructure, including public works, utilities, industrial plants, and digital cities.
A number of large enterprises, including Scotiabank, Deloitte, SAP, Bloomberg, and Hyundai, are using Plum to enable data-driven decision-making when it comes to their talent acquisition strategies.
Plum CEO Caitlin MacGregor says, “We are seeing success growing our customer base with enterprise companies that are focused on improving candidate experience, reducing bias in the hiring process, and helping provide efficiency in their recruitment pipeline. We’re excited to support Bentley Systems in these endeavors.” In September Plum announced a $4.2 million round of seed funding to continue to focus on their product strategy and grow their enterprise customer base.
Working in close collaboration with SAP SuccessFactors and as a SAP App Center partner, Plum provides added value to the SuccessFactors recruitment module. The SAP SuccessFactors partnership was a key factor in the decision to purchase Plum, says Bentley Systems’ Chief Talent Officer Florence Zheng. “Leveraging predictive talent data will enable Bentley Systems’ teams to be even more effective in our process and ensure that we are placing the right people in the right roles,” said Zheng. “There are a lot of great tools out there. The integration of Plum in SuccessFactors, besides the value Plum brings to the talent acquisition process, makes it a perfect choice for us.
By launching its consumer products focused, business to business (B2B) technology accelerator program at SAP.IO Foundry in Tel Aviv, the software company will begin its focus on seven startups in manufacturing, supply chain, and sales and marketing. Those within the program will have access to curated mentorship, as well as exposure to SAP technology and application programmable interfaces (APIs), and collaboration opportunities.
“Our customers are looking for innovative solutions to help improve agility and speed, especially in these challenging and transformative times,” commented Peter Maier, SAP president of Industries and Customer Advisory.
The pharmacy benefits manager (PBM) is offering digital therapeutics (DTx) vendor SilverCloud Health’s line of tech-enabled mental healthcare solutions to the consumers it serves free-of-charge during the coronavirus pandemic, FierceHealthcare reports.
For context, PBMs generally act as middlemen between drug makers, retailers, and insurers, and are largely responsible for setting the price of pharmaceuticals. But in the past year, Express Scripts and other leading players have branched into the digital health realm to craft lists of effective DTx tools that their payer clients can sift through, which can help them choose the solutions they’d like to offer their members.
- kicked off a new SAP.iO Foundry Singapore program, with five international startups that will help SAP customers become Industry 4.0 businesses and go beyond digital manufacturing to seamlessly connect all aspects of an entire company.
This cohort will work to develop technologies to enable businesses to extend the value of their investments in SAP S/4HANA and SAP Digital Supply Chain solutions.
“Singapore has developed a vibrant startup ecosystem and is the gateway to the ASEAN region,” said Rachel Barger, SAP South East Asia president and managing director. “SAP continually partners with other solution providers, including startups in Singapore, to help organizations unlock value with the latest Industry 4.0 technologies.”
SAP.iO Foundry Singapore accelerates innovation and drives new business models for SAP. The zero-equity-ask program provides startups with curated support from within and outside of SAP, exposure to SAP technologies, and opportunities to collaborate with SAP customers. The program will conclude at an SAP.iO Demo Day in the beginning of June.
Pour sa nouvelle édition baptisée “Future of Work“, SAP.iO Foundry Paris a sélectionné huit startups oeuvrant dans les Ressources Humaines (HR Tech).
Les solutions des jeunes pousses retenues devaient compléter fonctionnellement SAP SuccessFactors, la solution RH de l’éditeur utilisée par 125 millions d’utilisateurs à travers le monde. Un échange gagnant/gagnant à travers lequel chaque jeune pousse se voit ouvrir les portes d’un marché mondial, et SAP propose à ses clients des extensions à valeur ajoutée s’intégrant simplement à son offre.
«Aujourd’hui, toutes les entreprises sont conscientes de l’importance du capital humain dans la stratégie,» plaide Sébastien Gibier, directeur de SAP.iO Foundry Paris.
Dans cet article, Sébastien précise les avantages réservés à ces jeunes pousses et explique les enjeux de cette sélection pour l’écosystème de SAp et pour les clients de SAP SuccessFactors.
Israeli market research startup Revuze has raised a $5.1 million Series A round led by Maverick Ventures (Israel), with support from existing investor Prytek.
Revuze has built a machine-learning system to analyse customer opinion, providing market insights on a user’s own products and brands, as well as any competitors. Standard reports such as Net Promoter Score (NPS) and consumer satisfaction (CSAT) are also included.
The startup says the software allows business owners to make decisions without the help of specialists such as analysts, data scientists, and information technologists.
SAP announced that SAP.iO Foundry Paris today kicked off its new accelerator program focused on human resources (HR) technology and the future of work.
Over the next 12 weeks, SAP will accelerate eight HR technology startups that will revolutionize recruiting, talent management and collaborative learning for human resources.
The selected startups will have access to technical integration guidance, curated mentorship, exposure to SAP technology and opportunities to collaborate with SAP SuccessFactors customers. Five major SAP customers also will collaborate with and help guide the participating startups.
Speech recognition technology startup Deepgram has closed a $12 million Series A funding round led by Wing VC along with NVIDIA, Y Combinator, and other investors. The funding comes as the company debuts new features for its enterprise-focused automatic speech transcription and analysis platform.
Businesses are growing to rely on artificial intelligence to record, transcribe, and analyze phone calls, meetings, and other audio. The speed and low cost of using AI can make up for the errors and sometimes imprecise analysis that results. Deepgram claims its approach can outperform the industry standard without sacrificing the speed and cost benefits.
“The old way of doing speech recognition is not going to be the same as future versions,” Deepgram CEO Scott Stephenson told Voicebot in an interview. “The heuristics model of speech recognition has too many flaws; it’s why I wanted to start Deepgram. When we began, we decided to start from scratch with end-to-end deep learning.”The AI now can learn their jargon, learn the background noises at their meetings, and learn their natural cadence of speaking.”
Almost five years after its founding, Deepgram’s platform now offers multiple price points depending on just how precise the client wants the transcription and analysis to be. Stephenson explained that because Deepgram is built on deep learning rather than heuristics, adjusting precision is relatively straightforward, and the standard version platform can outperform most other options.
ClearMetal, a leader in Continuous Delivery Experience (CDX) for Supply Chain and Logistics solutions, announced today the launch of its transformational CDX Platform 2.0. This next-generation Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) platform transforms supply chain delivery and experience using patent-pending data science and machine learning. This launch adds a number of new collaboration and planning capabilities across multiple transportation modes beyond ‘ocean freight’– all which drive ROI and Amazon-like customer-centricity for the world’s largest supplier, manufacturer and retailer supply chains.
Hasura has raised $9.9 million in a Series A round of funding. According to the company, the money will go to accelerating product and data delivery using GraphQL. Hsaura provides solutions that automatically creates real-time GraphQL APIs, giving users instant access to data.
The round of funding was led by Vertex Ventures US with participation from SAP.iO Fund, Nexus Venture Partners and Strive VC.
Hasura, a startup working to solve developer problems around connecting to databases when using the open-source GraphQL tool, announced a $9.9 million Series A investment today.
Vertex Ventures US led the round, with participation from SAP.iO Fund and existing investors Nexus Venture Partners and Strive VC. A number of angel investors also participated in the round. The company has raised a total of approximately $11.5 million.
GraphQL is an open-source tool originally developed at Facebook in 2012 and open-sourced a few years later. Hasura CEO and co-founder Tanmai Gopal says the company had been working on helping developers to simplify Kubernetes, but over time, it realized that data access was a bigger problem, so it developed an open-source tool that works with GraphQL to help solve that issue.
Hasura, the San Francisco and Bangalore-based company providing data access and data flow tools and services via GraphQL APIs announced today that it has raised $9.9 million in Series A funding led by Vertex Ventures US. The round also saw participation from SAP.iO Fund, the early-stage venture arm of SAP, existing investors Nexus Venture Partners and Strive VC. Several angels also participated, including James Tamplin (founder of Firebase), Sam Lambert (VP of Infrastructure Engineering at GitHub), Amod Malvia (co-founder of Udaan, ex CTO Flipkart), and Michael Stoppelman (ex-SVP of Engineering at Yelp).