SAP will commit up to 40 percent of the investable capital in the SAP.iO Fund and scale our SAP.iO Foundries with a focus on inclusive entrepreneurship.
The goal is to help at least 200 startups around the world within the next five years.
startups funded or accelerated by 2023
Up to 40%
of investible capital from the SAP.iO Fund dedicated to inclusive entrepreneurship
global Foundries with inclusive cohorts for female and diverse founders
Follow our journey as we further embed inclusion in SAP’s culture, in the cultures of customers and in the startups with which we engage.
Hasso Plattner Founders’ Award Finalist: Driving Inclusive Entrepreneurship
Unleashing the power of Europe’s women entrepreneurs: Six ideas to drive big change
Women Founders Unite Holiday Party
SAP.iO Foundry San Francisco hosted the Women Founders Unite Holiday Party. Women Founders Unite is on a mission to empower founders, business owners, and investors in the startup ecosystem globally and build a diverse, equitable, and inclusive community that supports every woman in their journey to building and scaling their startup and company.
Women in Tech Summit at Austin Startup Week
Vanessa Liu, SAP.iO Foundries North America, gave the keynote address to kick off the Women in Tech Summit at Capital Factory for Austin Startup Week, one of the largest technology, innovation, and business events in Austin where SAP served as the title sponsor. The Women in Tech summit was a day full of programming to help inspire, engage and elevate female entrepreneurs and tech professionals.Watch Livestream Coverage
The Equity Gap: How Women are Left Out of the Power Club
Most people know that in the U.S. women are making 80 cents to every dollar a man makes in pay. But most people are unaware of an even larger and insidious gap—the equity gap. This figure far surpasses pay disparity.Read More
HBCU National BrainTrust
Vanessa Liu, VP of SAP.iO Foundries North America, joined an industry panel with leaders powering Black innovation through corporate venture capital efforts in this year’s HBCU Braintrust. Powerful partnerships with SAP, T-Mobile, IBM, Intel, and Amazon all investing in women, URM businesses, and academic programs help pave the way in making a difference in how these groups are empowered and funded.Read More
Enpact Female Tech
Businesses in Africa
SAP.iO Foundry Berlin and GIZ- funded program Female Tech Businesses in Africa (FEBA) met to exchange views with 9 leaders of women networks, multipliers and stakeholders from Ghana, Kenya and South Africa. Providing engineering skills to women, setting up women focused accelerators, helping women to get in tech boards were only some of the topic we could address.
In partnership with HITLAB, Merck Global Health Innovation Fund and BayerG4A, SAP.iO Foundry New York is proud to support the HITLAB World Cup Challenge 2019 which focuses on emerging technology applications and systems that improve medical care and the provision of healthcare among women worldwide.Read More
Women in Tech
As Silver Sponsor of the Women in Tech Festival, 5th Anniversary at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, SAP.iO is supporting and honoring women in business & leadership 2019.Read More
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.Read More
Christine Tao, Co-Founder & CEO of Sounding Board, SAP.iO Foundry SFC and Shuchi Rana, Head of SAP.iO Foundry SF shared the stage at Girl Talks, a forum for women to share & learn from one another's experiences hosted on behalf of the United Nations Foundation and Girl Up.
SAP.iO’s Sallie Jian was honored in the Venture Capital category at the Innovators and Disruptors Awards alongside leaders in technology, specifically those from underrepresented backgrounds.Read More
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“Being a small company and having access to SAP’s large ecosystem has meant that we’ve been able to go global much faster. We are very thankful for the incredible support that we received from the SAP.iO team and SAP.”Caitlin MacGregorCo-Founder & CEO, Plum
“SAP.iO has been incredibly involved and high-touch from the early beginning and helped us navigate through important milestones of our business.”Lonnie Rae KurlanderCo-Founder & CEO, Medal
“Investing in diversity makes fundamental business sense.”Ram JambunathanManaging Director, SAP.iO
“SAP.iO is the first accelerator in NYC to ever launch a program focused on women-led enterprise startups. We can’t be prouder of what we accomplished with these talented founders and their companies.”Vanessa LiuVice President, SAP.iO Foundries North America
“SAP is committed to helping underrepresented entrepreneurs build successful startups and to leveling the playing field for women and minority founders in the startup ecosystem.”Deepak KrishnamurthyExecutive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer, SAP SE