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SAP.iO Foundry Berlin

Public Services & GovTech

2023 Cohort

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Important Dates


April 16, 2023


May 2023


December 2023

About the Program

The public sector is facing many challenges in today’s fast-paced environment. Old technology often makes it difficult for them to provide efficient and comprehensive services to citizens. SAP offers a variety of digital services and robust software architecture to support both large government organizations that use data from multiple departments, and smaller organizations that prioritize providing services that meet the needs of citizens. By transitioning to fully cloud-based technology, SAP’s solutions can work seamlessly with innovative startups in the public sector, allowing for data-driven decision-making and improved service for each community.

In April 2023, SAP.iO Foundry Berlin will launch a 6-month equity-free program for B2B startups that assist public sector entities in their digital transformation. Selected startups will work with SAP to develop long-term partnerships, including joint use-case development, product integration, and business development activities to create initial deal pipelines. Some SAP clients will also participate in the program, helping with screening and selection and potentially serving as beta sites for future proof of concepts.

Focus Areas

This founder friendly program will focus on supporting B2B technology startups across the world with solutions to help organizations in the public sector:

Digital Services for Citizens

  • Digital Wallet for government services and payments
  • Smart application and request submission for government services
  • Smart grid technology for managing infrastructure and recycling programs

Policy and Program Excellence

  • Support for policy formulation and program development and implementation
  • Understanding citizen needs and preferences
  • Outcome-based metrics for evaluating program success

Fiscal Responsibility and Transparency/ Budget Planning

  • End-to-end capabilities for managing payments and disbursements​
  • Automated budgeting, tax collection, and enforcement​
  • Internal audit process and program regulation​

Disaster & Emergency Response Management

  • Monitoring risk potentials through real time data enabling predictive analytics
  • Enhancing coordination and collaboration


  • Energy usage monitoring for citizens
  • Emission monitoring to manage and achieve reduction targets

What We Look For

In addition to aligning to this program’s focus areas, your startup should:

1. Have a clear product-market fit for an enterprise software solution

2. Have secured VC funding

3. Have existing enterprise customers

4. Have resources in place to fully participate during the acceleration phase

5. Have sales and marketing resources to support your partnership with SAP

If you believe this program is for you, we encourage you to apply for acceleration.

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