InnovMatch enables innovators, start-ups, developers, students from around Central and Eastern Europe to tackle specific business challenges, and through the use of SAP Cloud Platform, unlock new business value for customers.


SAP.iO, an open innovation model, which enables innovators both inside and outside SAP to use the power of SAP data, application programming interfaces (APIs) and platform technologies to unlock new value for customers. As part of the model, SAP.iO Fund, seeded with an initial investment of US$35 million, to make early-stage investments in software startups that will expand the SAP ecosystem.

  • Fund focuses on making early-stage investments in software startups to expand the SAP ecosystem
  • SAP.iO launches new global foundries in San Francisco and Berlin to support and accelerate early-stage startup incubation
  • SAP.iO makes first seed investment in Paradata, a Silicon Valley–based Big Data analytics startup

As part of the model, SAP.iO Foundry program aims to incubate early-stage startups that build software applications, including those using frontier technologies such as machine learning and blockchain. Locations are the SAP.iO Foundry in San Francisco and the SAP.iO Foundry, powered by Techstars Accelerator in Berlin — this location will be managed by Techstars, a worldwide entrepreneur network.



Techstars is a worldwide network that helps entrepreneurs succeed. The network consists of 11,000 founders, alumni and mentors globally. We have invested in over 1,000 companies, of which 90% are Active or Acquired, $3.7 B Total Funding, $9.6 B Market Cap. Check out a complete list of all of the companies that we’ve ever funded, and their current status, funding raised, and more.


Startup focus

Is a global Accelerator for Tech Start-ups in the areas of Big Data, IoT, predictive and real-time analytics Space (Augmented reality/Virtual reality; machine learning, artificial intelligence, mobile, etc). Since its beginning in 2012, more than 5500 start-ups joined the program are working on or with SAP HANA and SAP Cloud Platform technology. Joining Start Up Focus gives start-ups immediate access to cutting Edge technology SAP HANA and SAP Cloud Platform, access a network of hundreds of investors and Influencers and help with acceleration of Market traction.