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Winners: The Medical Research Insights team

We are very honored to have recently been awarded with the “Germany - Land of Ideas” initiative prize for our Medical Research Insights application. Since 2005, the German Federal Government and German business annually highlight activities of people who are innovative and inventive in schools, companies, research institutes, initiatives, and associations.

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Fireside Chat with the Co-Founder of hybris

In the beginning of June, several startups had the unique opportunity to meet Carsten Thoma. He is one of the co-founders of hybris, a leading omni-channel customer engagement and commerce solutions provider that was acquired by SAP in 2013. Carsten gave very interesting insights into the company's long road to success.

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Solving Stock Challenges in Real-Time

Having challenges with product shortages and stock at risk? We have developed an application, the Stock Champion App, that integrates both logistic and financial information from S/4HANA in a single application - enabling real-time control of your stock.

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We combine the agility of a startup with the backbone of a global market leader. We explore untapped opportunities in software engineering and business with the goal to develop game-changing solutions.


Engineering excellence meets entrepreneurial spirit: We foster strong teams and develop solutions jointly with customers and partners from business, academia, and the startup industry, applying Design Thinking and other novel approaches.

Go to Market

We turn creative thinking into innovative solutions with market impact. Following an end-to-end responsibility approach for our projects, we aim to deliver scalable solutions with a short time to market.

Projects At a Glance

SAP Medical Research Insights

Successful cancer treatment and research require fast and profound decisions based on the patient's medical history. Current hospital IT landscapes consist of a multitude of heterogeneous databases without the ability of integrating relevant information into a holistic, patient-centric view. With SAP Medical Research Insights, we provide an application that will make it easier and more efficient for oncologists to fulfill their information needs.

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The In-Memory Revolution

In this book, Hasso Plattner and Bernd Leukert explain the next generation of business applications and the theory, technology, and practice behind in-memory databases - the engine on which completely new applications can be based. Numerous real-world examples are presented illustrating the disruptive potential of this technology and the quantum leap it has facilitated in terms of simplicity, flexibility, and speed for new applications. The Innovation Center Network supported this book as the editor-in-chief.

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SAP Real Estate Cockpit

The SAP Real Estate Cockpit is a flexible dashboard solution, which leverages the in-memory database SAP HANA in order to enable real estate managers and other users to analyze the efficiency of buildings in real time and in a role-based, easy-to-consume manner. The solution was developed at the SAP Innovation Center in Potsdam in co-innovation with customers and the SAP Design and Co-Innovation Center, and was released to customers in Q1 2015.

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Empowering Startups

The SAP Innovation Center Network is a strong supporter for startups, serving as an entry point for your startup into the SAP ecosystem. Looking at your specific situation, we provide you with information about the existing engagement options and help you choosing the most relevant ones for your startup.

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"We have a heterogeneous

team here, in this sense it's a

tiny version of Berlin."

Meet the Team


Ulrich - working as an architect for our SAP Innovation Management solution - is always curios about learning something new. Working for SAP for quite some time, Ulrich brings a lot of experience and knowledge to the team.

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Born in Iran but of Armenian descent, Migan had studied and worked in Sweden before she joined the Innovation Center Network. She works on various projects, varying from data sciences to non-profit software and enjoys applying the state-of-the-art technology and research.

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Sanjaya originally comes from Nepal. Already at a young age, he got interested in computer science. After graduating he decided to work in a job that spreads the same vigor of his first hand experience back then.

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About us

As part of the Products & Innovation organization within SAP, the Innovation Center Network combines the best of both worlds: the creativity and agility of a startup with the backbone of a world market leader in business software. We connect teams around the globe working on a diverse range of projects, while following the same approach to innovation. Within the different teams we foster the collaboration of engineers, designers, product experts, and business developers who are driven by a common mindset: be bold, be honest, be critical, be customer-focused, and most importantly, enjoy their work.

Within a startup-like environment, we explore unconventional ideas and develop inspiring proof of concepts. We strive to open up new markets for SAP software which range from personalized cancer therapy to smart traffic solutions. Moreover, we bring user-centric innovation into SAP's core solutions, for instance in the field of finance. We challenge the state of the art in computer science and its applied fields to provide foresight into future trends. For these missions, we need the brightest minds. Coming from various cultural and academic backgrounds, our highly skilled teams bring top notch programming expertise combined with a good deal of out of the box thinking to the table.

The Innovation Center Network, both focused on exploring new concepts and aiming for success in new markets, has attracted many co-innovation partners wanting to work on disruptive business ideas. As taught by the Design Thinking methodology, the users of our software are at the heart of everything we do. As the future end users, our colleagues from our partner companies are indispensable members of our teams for the entire runtime of a project – from ideation to having a ready solution. We believe that this is co-innovation as it should be. Our partners come from various industries and companies of all sizes, from longstanding SAP customers to early stage startups.