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Driven by Innovation

At SAP, we embrace an innovative culture throughout the entire company. Our powerful network of interconnected programs and entities covers all dimensions of innovation, from research and development to customer implementation. With our flagship technology and product innovations powered by SAP HANA, we are helping society solve complex, intractable problems. 

Innovation in action

SAP innovations across our products, technologies, and programs are motivated by a desire to improve people’s lives, at scale. We use our unsurpassed global reach, our relevance, and our relationships to drive positive change for individuals, organizations, and societies. View the "Innovation at SAP" e-book to see the full spectrum of our innovations – defined by our purpose, brought to life through our products, and integrated into our programs.

Transforming IT with constant innovation

From our pioneering ERP software to industry leading new technology offerings like the SAP HANA in-memory computing platform, SAP innovation goes beyond software – we’re developing breakthrough technologies that shape IT and business trends.

SAP Labs

Situated in high-tech regions of the world, SAP Labs are global research and development centers that focus on developing leaner, faster, and more efficient solutions.

Innovating together

SAP Co-Innovation Lab

The global SAP Co-Innovation Lab (COIL) network facilitates project-based co-innovation with its members, enhancing the capabilities of SAP's partner and customer ecosystem through a worldwide network of expertise and best-in-class technologies and platforms.

SAP Next-Gen

SAP Next-Gen is an innovation platform that connects innovators with the world's largest enterprise ecosystem, including 345,000+ SAP customers, 3,100+ educational institutions, 100+ SAP innovation and development centers, and startups.

SAP Innovation Center

The SAP Innovation Center provides a working environment conducive to free thinking, with the flair and agility of a young start-up. Its mission is to further the development of technologically advanced, innovative, customer-oriented solutions.

SAP programs for startups


SAP IoT Startup Accelerator

The SAP IoT Startup Accelerator is a structured co-innovation program for B2B startups focusing on the Internet of Things. The Accelerator helps startups grow and scale their businesses alongside SAP, our partners, and our customers. 

SAP Startup Focus Program

The global SAP Startup Focus program helps promising startups in the Big Data, predictive and real-time analytics space develop new applications on the SAP HANA in-memory computing platform and accelerate market traction. 

SAP University Alliances

The SAP University Alliances program opens up the world of SAP technology to more than 3,100+ educational institutions in 110 countries, and aims to develop highly qualified graduates with critical skills for the 21st-century workforce.
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