About Us

We combine the best of both worlds: the creativity and agility of a startup with the backbone of a world market leader in business software.

As part of the SAP's Products & Innovation organization, 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. After all, our task is to come up with solutions that help people better manage challenges in their daily business or private lives. 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.

We recognize that every project is different. Therefore, our working model is kept flexible to adapt to those individual requirements. Static processes have no room at the Innovation Center Network. Neither do risk aversion and fear of failure. Because it’s not just the triumphs but also the failures and lessons we derive from them, which pave the way to success. This is the mentality that we practice, just like any successful startup.