The SAP Startup Forum at SAP Labs Palo Alto and the SAP University Alliances are moving to the next level of engagement. “The SAP Startup Forum is a day of collaboration, learning and networking with thought leaders focused on big data trends and technologies.” No doubt this is a great event for all involved but on January 24, 2013 this event will include students and professors from universities in the region taking it to the next level. Promising startups who will be exploring and developing solutions on the enterprise application platform SAP HANA will now be able to incorporate a university perspective into their plan as students and professors watch, listen and provide feedback. This exciting networking event will be an excellent opportunity for a group of select startups to display, discuss and brainstorm about real world solutions that might be 100,000 times faster in terms of performance. Representatives from the broader SAP Ecosystem including students and professors from University Alliances schools will participate. This is a great opportunity for students to engage with startup professionals and discover how SAP solves real world problems.