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SAP.iO Entrepreneur in Residence Job

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Date: Oct 3, 2020

City: Palo Alto, CA, US, 94306

Company: SAP



Requisition ID: 252304
Work Area: Administration
Expected Travel: 0 - 10%
Career Status: Professional
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.


At SAP.iO, we’re transforming the way that SAP builds new businesses. Our mission is to empower the innovators that will simplify and transform the way businesses operate. To execute against our mission, we invest, empower, and guide innovators inside and outside of SAP as they build new businesses to change the face of enterprise software. We’re looking for a full-time Associate Entrepreneur in Residence (EiR) to join our Entrepreneur in Residence (EiR) program.

About SAP.iO Entrepreneur in Residence (EiR) Program

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 EiR team is tasked to explore, evaluate, and provide recommendations on solutions to big problems in enterprise software, using SAP’s unique position and differentiated data sources to transform industries ranging from talent management to security. Our recommendations and 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. 

These may be strategic fast follow efforts, ventures aligned to one or more of SAP.iO’s strategic opportunity areas, or venture sourcing through acquihire. Each EiR must have the ability to independently structure thinking and work plans around each potential venture topic and execute that process independently; as well as provide feedback to other EiR team member’s proposals.

After validating an opportunity, we identify promising talent and ideas, invest between $750K and $2.5M in seed-stage capital, and scale the ventures over time. The startups built within SAP.iO incubation operate differently to traditional corporate business units: General Managers are entrusted with end-to-end responsibilities, teams manage to cash, and Boards provide oversight. We’ll work with you to match the EiR role to your interests and experience.

SAP.iO provides the following benefits unique to SAP.iO’s EiR program:

- Access and build unique SAP Assets

- Build a start-up in enterprise software with less risk than the outside

- Advise cutting edge teams

- Gain unparalleled insight into SAP strategy and new technologies

- Collaborate directly with SAP executives

- Prototype quickly with access to SAP customers

EiRs will also have the opportunity to support existing ventures while exploring new opportunities of their own. Potential ventures you could work with can be found at www.sap.io/studio/


• MBA/advanced degree highly preferred or equivalent work experience

• Strong desire to be part of an early-stage team launching a new product to market

• Proven start-up and rapid prototyping experience – former Founder big plus

• 2+ years of software experience

• A passion for data and the insights that it can enable

• Proven analysis and problem-solving capabilities paired with strategic thinking

• Front end programming or proficiency in SQL – the ability to code in Python a plus

• Experience delivering software product presentations and demonstrations

• Ability to excite and inspire people around ideas and approach to innovation

• Customer-centric thinker with a strong product management experience

• Strong experience working in large enterprises and/or software start-ups and buzzing with ideas to optimize business processes through innovative cloud-based software solutions

• Successfully built and shipped amazing products with superior user experience and demonstrable customer success

• Charismatic visionary and communicator who inspired teams and customers alike



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.

SAP is committed to the principles of Equal Employment Opportunity and to providing reasonable accommodations to applicants with physical and/or mental disabilities. If you are in need of accommodation or special assistance to navigate our website or to complete your application, please send an e-mail with your request to Recruiting Operations Team (Americas: Careers.NorthAmerica@sap.com or Careers.LatinAmerica@sap.com, APJ: Careers.APJ@sap.com, EMEA: Careers@sap.com).

Successful candidates might be required to undergo a background verification with an external vendor.

Additional Locations

Nearest Major Market: San Jose
Nearest Secondary Market: Palo Alto

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