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SAP.iO Foundry Munich

Sustainability & Energy Management Program

2023 Cohort

Important Dates


June 25, 2023


September 20, 2023


March 29, 2024

About the Program

The energy and natural resources industries have undergone a significant transformation in recent years, shifting from centralized fossil fuel-based operations to a more decentralized and diverse landscape powered by renewables. This shift has been driven by environmental concerns and technological innovations that promise to make extraction and processing more efficient, cost-effective, and sustainable. The movement requires companies to develop intelligent solutions for energy generation and storage, water management, and circular production processes while striving for energy efficiency in their own operations.

In September 2023, SAP.iO Foundry Munich will launch a 6-month equity-free program for B2B SaaS startups that assist utility and oil & gas sector entities in their digital transformation. Selected startups will work with SAP to develop a long-term partnership, including joint use-case development, product integration, and business development activities to create insights, and services e initial deal pipelines and ultimately provide new value, to our customers. Selected 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 program will support enterprise-ready software startups with a go-to-market presence in Europe and innovative capabilities in the following areas:

Sustainable Energy Generation, Storage & Distribution​

  • X-as-a-Service 
  • Load reduction/ Curtailment (DER)
  • Green Hydrogen
  • E-Mobility Customer Platform & App
  • Advanced Distribution Mgmt System
  • Wide-Area Situational Awareness
  • Energy trading
  • Sustainability/environmental management for energy sector
  • District heat, district cooling
  • Truck Distributed Network
  • Supply Chain Optimization
  • Fuel Distribution Optimization
  • Clean Energy Infrastructure 
  • Energy Sharing

Intelligent Energy Management

  • Energy Flexibility Management
  • Distributed Energy Resource Management
  • Energy Data Forecasting
  • Intelligent Event Management
  • Advanced Metering Infrastructure
  • Manufacturing Production
  • Planning and Scheduling based on Energy Flexibility
  • Energy Monitoring and Analysis in Production Processes 
  • Smart energy efficiency
  • Detection of anomalies
  • Digital Energy Twin

Circular Economy

  • X-as-a-Service
  • End-of-life management
  • Energy-from-Waste, composting
  • Return logistics
  • Waste & recycling material trading
  • Chemical or feedstock recycling
  • Waste Management (Disposal Companies)
  • Environmental compliance
  • Recommerce for refurbished products & sales of by-products
  • Stock-pile management & blending optimization
  • Design for Recycling
  • Design for Disassembly/ Sustainability
  • Circular manufacturing
  • Dismantling-as-a-Service for Repair, Recycle, Remanufacturing
  • Reverse logistics
  • Potential/ portfolio analysis

Water Management

  • Water footprint​
  • Wastewater treatment, desalination and impact on social community​
  • Water related risk management​
  • Risk modelling and risk assessment​
  • Water & Chemical Management​
  • Steamflood, Waterflood & CO2 Flood Management​
  • Water-as-a-Service​
  • Desalination​
  • Water for green hydrogen​
  • Water need prediction

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