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SAP.iO and 25 Startups at Viva Technology Paris — Together a Winning Combination for Innovation

Innovation is a fundamental part of our DNA at SAP. On May 16–18 at Viva Technology in Paris, “the world’s rendezvous for startups & leaders”, SAP will once again demonstrate its bona fides as a world-wide leader for innovation, when we host 25 startups from the SAP.iO Fund and Foundry portfolios, of which 8 are international.

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Women-Owned Mobile Startup Leads Microlearning Revolution

Serial entrepreneur, So-Young Kang, is reinventing how people learn, with a personalized, mobile experience. Lightyears ahead of yesterday’s content delivery training, the Gnowbe microlearning mobile platform represents Kang’s life work to make learning easy – for as many people as possible. Instead of participant headcounts or feedback scores, Gnowbe measures skills development based on someone’s demonstrable capabilities before and after training. One customer saw improvements of almost 30 percent in the sales behaviors of employees who participated in microlearning modules on Gnowbe.

Gnowbe is among the HR startups participating in the SAP.iO Foundry San Francisco, an accelerator for early-stage enterprise tech companies. Besides mobile microlearning, these startups are using AI-enabled recruiting, and development tools based on behavioral science.

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New York on Tech Announces Judges for the 2019 Innovators & Disruptors Awards

Sallie Jian, Program Manager, SAP.iO chosen as judge for the 2019 Innovators & Disruptors Awards. The Innovators and Disruptors Awards & Ceremony will celebrate the outstanding achievements of 20 leaders in technology and 5 Ultimate Innovators and Disruptors in the field. Award winners are diverse founders and professionals from some of the world’s most recognized companies and fastest growing startups who are leaving a measurable impact on the industry and in their respective fields of work.

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StellarEmploy is Helping Customers Hire Great Employees with Confidence

In the United States, 40% of the labor force is employed in hourly wage jobs earning less than $20 an hour. Although these jobs are the foundation of our economy, employers often face high turnover, reaching 100% annually. There is a clear disconnect in how hourly job candidates are being assessed and hired, leading to high job drop-out. This was a problem that seemed ripe for a technological and data-driven solution for the founders of StellarEmploy. StellarEmploy replaces traditional resume and screening questions with a mobile friendly survey that uncovers workers’ underlying preferences.

With StellarEmploy’s survey with 50 questions and an average completion time of 15 minutes, employers can learn applicants’ preference for teamwork compared to solo work, or multi-tasking compared to a more focused work environment. This enables them to understand the prominent characteristics of their workplace and different hourly job categories, all based on empirical data. Now, instead of just crossing their fingers and hoping a new hire stays past the critical 90 day mark, they have the raw materials to understand why a majority of workers fail to engage or perform in the first month.

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Start-ups and the SAP CX Partner Ecosystem

SAP Customer Experience has closely collaborated with start-ups over the past year, which showed an enormous acceleration in innovation and gave selected SAP CX teams the agility and speed to increase the output of new product pilots significantly. One example is digital search. SAP Customer Experience Labs developed a prototype, called FashionLabs, which allows consumers to take a picture of an item of clothing and then, through visual analysis, shows them similar garments. The IP (intellectual property) for the visual search component in this prototype doesn’t come from SAP, but from a startup (Syte.ai).

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How to Nurture an Innovation Ecosystem for Customer Experience

For more than 20 years, Moritz Zimmermann has been an entrepreneur. He helped found Hybris (an omnichannel ecommerce company, acquired by SAP in 2013 for $1.4B USD) right out of university and is a self-professed lover of new technology and the startup culture. Now as Chief Technology Officer for SAP’s Customer Experience business unit and responsible for developing the SAP C/4HANA CRM suite, he’s helping to nurture an innovation ecosystem that will compliment and extend the reach of the suite. With support from Moritz’s team, SAP will open a new startup accelerator in Munich, Germany on May 14 that will invest in young companies focused on customer-experience. The center is part of the SAP.iO Foundries, an SAP-run accelerator which invests in early-stage enterprise startups and has locations in Berlin, New York, San Francisco, Paris and Tel Aviv.

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Speed Mentoring for Women

Together with NextPlay.ai, SAP.iO is excited to start a series of Speed Mentoring for Women at SAP events with the goal to bring women across a variety of disciplines together and provide an opportunity to connect, ask questions and learn from women leaders.

L’intelligence artificielle au service de l’optimisation énergétique

SAP, leader du marché des logiciels d’application d’entreprises, rencontre la startup française Energiency en 2017. La jeune pépite, spécialisée dans l’optimisation de la consommation énergétique des grands groupes industriels, rejoint le programme d’accélération SAP.iO Foundry à Paris à la suite de VivaTech 2018. À l’issu de son incubation, ses solutions sont intégrées aux modules SAP.

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VivaStories: SAP & Energiency

Created in 2013, Energiency noted that industry accounts for 30% of global CO2 emissions, mainly due to the energy consumption of production sites. To better control this, the French startup has developed an artificial intelligence solution that allows plants to optimize their energy expenses.

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Five Years Strong: Silicon Valley Forum’s 2019 Women in Tech Festival Makes Waves in Silicon Valley and Beyond

Now in its fifth year, the Women in Tech Festival features two days of inspirational talks, panels, keynotes, and startup pitches, as well as networking opportunities. This year the Silicon Valley Forum welcomed SAP.iO as Silver Sponsor, partnering with the Women in Tech Festival underlines our belief in the importance of inclusivity at work.

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