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Head of Scouting and Acceleration - SAP.iO Venture Studio Job

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Date: Feb 6, 2019

City: Berlin, BE, DE, 10178

Company: SAP

Requisition ID: 202988
Work Area: Software-Design and Development
Location: Berlin / Potsdam
Expected Travel: 0 - 30%
Career Status: Management
Employment Type: Regular Full Time



SAP started in 1972 as a team of five colleagues with a desire to do something new. Together, they changed enterprise software and reinvented how business was done. Today, as a market leader in enterprise application software, we remain true to our roots. That’s why we engineer solutions to fuel innovation, foster equality and spread opportunity for our employees and customers across borders and cultures.

SAP values the entrepreneurial spirit, fostering creativity and building lasting relationships with our employees. We know that a diverse and inclusive workforce keeps us competitive and provides opportunities for all. We believe that together we can transform industries, grow economics, lift up societies and sustain our environment. Because it’s the best-run businesses that make the world run better and improve people’s lives.

Technology & Innovation (T&I) is responsible for SAP’s overall platform and technology development such as SAP Cloud Platform and SAP HANA. In addition, T&I drives the incubation and adoption of intelligent technologies like Analytics, SAP Leonardo Machine Learning and IoT across SAP’s product portfolio. The T&I board area is also in charge of SAP’s global innovation agenda and builds new business model- and market driven innovations to help customers realize the most business value.
As part of Technology & Innovation, the SAP.iO Venture Studio is transforming the way that SAP builds new businesses. We do this by building great products with an insanely great team. With more than €20 billion in annual sales, SAP manages an enormous diversity of businesses. However, moving the needle inside of SAP’s dominant enterprise business requires adding more than incremental innovation – it requires the development of massively disruptive organizations.
SAP.iO’s Venture Studio is tasked to create those businesses, using SAP’s unique position and differentiated data sources to transform industries ranging from talent management to security. Our incubations must be big enough to move the needle at SAP, attack new market opportunities for the company, and be able to be tested through rapid iteration and constant customer feedback.
We identify promising talent and ideas, invest between $750K and $2.5M in seed stage capital, and scale the ventures over time.


As the Head of Scouting and Acceleration for the Venture Studio, you will be leading a diverse and cross-functional team responsible identifying and nurturing new investment opportunities for SAP.iO inside of SAP. The team provides opportunities for employees to engage in entrepreneurial activities, such as hackathons and business plan competitions, scouts for existing teams working on big new things, and recruits top entrepreneurs-in-residence from inside and outside of SAP. Selected high-potential teams join SAP.iO's Rolling Cohort to validate their ideas in the market, before the best of them get to join SAP.iO’s Intrapreneurship Accelerator. To support these activities, the team maintains a global network of Venture Partners and mentors, and it disseminates entrepreneurial best practices throughout the organization through physical and virtual events, communities, and online learning tools.


Responsibilities include:

  • Manage the SAP.iO Venture Studio Scouting and Acceleration team
  • Build an ecosystem that attracts and nurtures entrepreneurial talent, and supports the needs of ventures in the Studio
  • Drive scouting activities to recruit entrepreneurial talent for SAP.iO’s Venture Studio
  • Run SAP.iO’s Rolling Cohort and Accelerator programs to guide teams towards an investment from SAP.iO
  • Plan, prepare, and participate in SAP.iO investment committee meetings
  • Provide entrepreneurial education for ventures in the Studio as well as broadly at SAP


Required skills

  • Bachelor’s degree in business administration, MBA preferred
  • Relevant experience leading diverse, global teams with proven leadership skills
  • Strong sense of urgency with a proven track record of getting things done
  • Strategic thinker with clear prioritization
  • Proven track record of recognizing entrepreneurial talent and mentoring entrepreneurs
  • Strong community builder
  • Strong project management skills
  • Strong communicator and presenter


Preferred skills

  • Angel investment activities, experience scouting for VC firms or Accelerators, and entrepreneurial experience



  • 5-7 years


Success is what you make it. At SAP, we help you make it your own.

A career at SAP can open many doors for you. If you’re searching for a company that’s dedicated to your ideas and individual growth, recognizes you for your unique contributions, fills you with a strong sense of purpose, and provides a fun, flexible and inclusive work environment – apply now.


To harness the power of innovation, SAP invests in the development of its diverse employees. We aspire to leverage the qualities and appreciate the unique competencies that each person brings to the company.

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