SAP.iO Foundry Paris dévoile sa promotion de 8 startups ”Spécial RH”

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.


L’article propose de nombreuses illustrations et dresse un tableau des startups en mentionnant leur activité, la date de création, les cofondateurs, les montants déjà levés…

SAP : Kicks Off SAP.iO Foundry Paris for HR Tech Startups

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.

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Enterprise Speech Recognition Startup Deepgram Raises $12M

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.

Deeper Learning

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.

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ClearMetal Launches Next-Generation CDX Platform 2.0

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.

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Hasura announces new funding for product and data delivery with GraphQL

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.

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Hasura raises $9.9M Series A to simplify GraphQL for developers

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.

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Hasura Announces $9.9M in Series A Funding to Accelerate Product & Data Delivery Using GraphQL

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).

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Startup profile: WeGift

WeGift is a UK startup which has developed a platform allowing businesses to issue digital rewards to customers efficiently. WeGift was founded in 2016 after Aron Alexander was surprised to receive a £5 physical voucher refund in the post. He realised that businesses were failing to make use of far more convenient digital rewards and incentives which can be handled online. 

The company places focus on digital non-cash rewards that help businesses with customer acquisition, retention and loyalty. A recent UKGCVA study showed that almost 75% of consumers see rewards as an attractive incentive. Businesses are catching on to this, and as a result, the gift card market is exploding. According to Incentive and Motivation, the corporate rewards and incentives industry will be worth almost $700 billion by 2024. 

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Trax Moves Closer to its Vision of Digitizing Physical Retail with Qopius Acquisition

Trax, a leading provider of computer vision and analytics solutions for retail, today announced its acquisition of Qopius, a top provider of AI-based in-store technology solutions in Europe. The acquisition will serve as a force multiplier in pushing real-time store monitoring and autonomous inventory management into mainstream adoption, helping retailers across the world embrace data and digital innovation to cut costs and boost sales at every shelf.

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ClearMetal Announces $31 Million in Total Funding, 400 Percent Revenue Growth and Doubled Workforce

ClearMetal, a leader in Continuos Delivery Experience (CDX) for Supply Chain and Logistics solutions, announced today it has received an additional $15 million in funding in a round led by Palo Alto-based Eclipse Ventures, making the total capital invested in the company to date more than $31 million. The funding enables the further development of ClearMetal’s CDX Platform, which continually learns, adjusts and gets smarter to drive constant improvement in delivery and experience for customers. Additional investors include Prelude Ventures, Innovation Endeavors, NEA, SAP.io, Prologis, PSA Unboxed, DCLI, and the founders of GT Nexus, Navis, and Uber Freight.

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SAP Expands Innovation in Israel

In 2019, at the opening of SAP.iO Foundry Tel Aviv, Orna Kleinmann, Managing Director of SAP R&D Center in Israel , announced that “The SAP.iO Foundry, an in-residence acceleration program, will broaden the way SAP, a market leader in the enterprise application software arena, will cooperate with Israeli startups”.

For the companies that get accepted into the SAP.iO Foundry Tel-Aviv, it constitutes as a unique opportunity to enjoy access to resources such as technical experts and mentors, and support in connecting to SAP’s customers, all of which enable these companies to leverage their operations based on the newly gained insights. On our side, there is a unique capability generated to make the innovation that answers the biggest challenges of our customers accessible.

The six startups chosen for SAP.iO Foundry Tel Aviv’s first cohort:

EasySend helps companies in the financial industry improve customer experience and increase operational efficiency. EasySend’s simple cloud interface enables companies to create efficient digital processes for their customers.

ARpalus helps retailers and manufacturers with shelf and stock management in brick and mortar stores by collecting and processing data in real time at the sale points using artificial intelligence, image processing, and augmented reality technologies. 

GrowthSpace aims to replace traditional learning and development systems by creating 1Xmany, an online platform for employee and vendor instruction. Users have one-on-one training with coaches via video sessions suited to their career needs.

Outgage is a marketing SaaS company that provides a framework for campaign management using postal mail to bridge the gap between online and offline, to create a personalized brand experience and an efficient dialogue between a company and its customers.

Silverback provides e-commerce companies with an AI-driven platform for decision making in the online sales domain and displays within the best performing products and most competitive prices, and also performs sale-promotion automation.

YOUTILIGENT operates in the IoT industry using machine learning technologies. It enables vendors and service providers to make real time data-based decisions in order to improve the way they communicate with consumers, and aims to solve various challenges in the delivery, consumption, and maintenance industries using its Connected Customer Solution. 

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How diversity and inclusion improve your finance function

As with so much of what we do today in finance, technology can help you. Well-intended education initiatives simply aren’t enough. At SAP, we’re increasingly using machine learning and artificial intelligence embedded in human experience management software to alert us if job descriptions or management behaviors exhibit inherent bias. Cultivate is an AI software created in our SAP.iO startup accelerator that alerts managers when they’re giving disproportionate time and attention to some employees over others.

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