About 50 startups were in attendance at the 11th global SAP Startup Forum that was hosted in Palo Alto. The Startups showcased their solutions to a group of 200+ attendees from local media, venture capital, thought leaders, SAP and SAP Ventures and exhibited their solutions to SAP employees in a trade show setting.
SAP Startup Forums are a day of collaboration and learning and our latest event in Palo Alto took place on August 30th focusing on big data trends and technologies as they relate to SAP HANA.
Invited startups contributed to the big data discussions, engaged and learned from SAP technical resources, heard from and met with key SAP leaders, explored customer and funding opportunities, and networked and won ‘bragging rights’ over the course of the day.
The Startup Forum finished off with a mixer held in the SAP Labs cafeteria. The startups set up small booths where they highlighted their products and solutions. SAP employees were invited to hear the startups’ pitches and “invest” fake SAP euros in the company they felt had the highest chance of success. Over 300 million “Euros” were in play and the “winning” Startup, the “People’s Choice,” received over 30 million Euros, and the SAP employees who invested were entered in a drawing for amazing prizes.
- The ‘Best Pitch’ was awarded to Teamly. Teamly helps companies get rid of performance reviews and replace them with a real-time alternative to manage employees all year
- EasyAsk won the ‘Most Innovative Startup award’. EasyAsk is the leader in natural language solutions making enterprise data easily accessible for business and mobile users.
- The ‘People’s Choice award’ was given to Datameer. Built natively on Hadoop, Datameer provides a single analytics and BI application for data integration, analytics, and visualization of any data type and size.
- Two startups, Numenta and Greenlight Technologies, took away the ‘Best Big Data Startup’ award.
We would like to thank everyone that attended the event as well as the great volunteers that helped us make this event an amazing experience. If you know of startups that might be interested in participating in a future SAP Startup Forum they can register their interest by completing the following online form.