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Hana Startup Focus program is a 12 month long SAP initiative to have high potential startups with Big Data, Predictive and real-time analytics solutions to move there platform to HANA. It includes start-up forum, development accelerator and Go-to-Market. Hana Start-up Accelerated development Track is an 8 week program where selected start-ups get an opportunity to move their platform to HANA.

I participated in the start-up focus program as a start-up mentor, helping a start-up move their existing platform to SAP Hana.

As a start-up mentor I was expected to provide 3 hours a week support to the start-up , making sure that the start-up is successful in moving to HANA in such a short time frame. Provide technical mentor ship, explain features, provide ideas and resolve technical issues of the start-up. Be a single point of contact for the solution starting from design, architecture, data loading, modeling, scripting and UI development.

As it is said, you learn more by teaching, is applicable to this situation. I had a moderate level of experience on HANA and was not very hands-on. Working with the start-up in this program helped me in learning a lot as I was seen as an expert and I had to figure out the solutions of each tough problem the start-up faced.

This helped me in learning a HANA technology fast and become an expert at it. It really pushed me to outperform my own limits in the 8 weeks of Accelerated development track. 

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