Sap.iO Foundry Paris intègre 8 nouvelles start-up retail. Voici ce qu’elles font !

Pour la deuxième promotion de son accélérateur parisien, un comité d’experts composé de collaborateurs SAP et de clients retailers a sélectionné 8 start-up de la retail tech. Toutes centrées autour de l’expérience client, ces jeunes pousses seront immergées au sein de SAP.iO Foundry Paris pour 10 semaines. Les nouvelles recrues ont été dévoilées ce 3 avril 2019 lors de l’événement CX Revolution 2019. Voici leurs portraits.

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Inc. Magazine: Venture Fund from SAP Aims to Combat “Sexism, Racism, and Bro-ism”

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 SAP.iO, 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 SAP.iO 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.

SAP: Women Often Have the Better Ideas

SAP will commit to using up to 40 percent of the capital of its SAP.iO-Fund to promote start-ups founded by women or minority individuals. “SAP is committed to improving the competitive environment for founders and minority founders in the start-up ecosystem,” said SAP Chief Strategy Officer Deepak Krishnamurthy. “And we do not do that to calm a bad conscience, but because often, women have the better ideas and make better returns in our fund.” (Original in German)

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Funding Female Founders Without Fanfare: SAP’s New Fund In San Francisco

As a female entrepreneur, I’m always on the lookout for companies that are helping women break through the proverbial glass ceiling. And, there is no shortage of public announcements, blog posts and tweets by many players in the startup scene proclaiming their commitment to bringing more female founders into the ecosystem. It’s been proven time and again that it makes business sense to invest in companies with female founders and leadership. But, in Silicon Valley, startups with female CEOs still win only about 3% of investment dollars….

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