If you have followed our team’s activities in the last couple of weeks, you probably have noticed that we continued the Startup Focus Program world tour (Check out #SFPforum on twitter) to some of the most interesting startup hubs in Europe: Budapest, Amsterdam and Istanbul. So far, Germany has been a white spot on our event map for 2015. By the end of the month, this will change.
While we have not yet been to SAP’s home country yet, last week nearly 100 representatives of the German startup scene invaded the San Francisco Bay Area. By the end of this month, June 30, Startup Focus will in turn travel to Germany for the SAP startup Forum in none other than the country’s capital Berlin, considered to be the entrepreneurial epicenter of Western Europe.
Last Week: German Valley Week (#GVW15)
The German Startup Verband e.V. visited the San Francisco Bay area for a full week of high value business networking. The Berlin delegation, brought people from all of Germany, including Startups, Industry representatives and Politicians (Brigitte Zypries, MdB and Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy) and Guido Westerwelle (Former Foreign Minister of Germany). The week kicked off with an invitation by Stefan Schlueter, the German Consul General in San Francisco, who hosted a networking reception at the German Consulate.
The German delegation at the German Consulate in San Francisco.
During the week the German startups had the chance to visit some of the hottest companies in Silicon Valley like Facebook, Google, Uber, LinkedIn- and of course, stopped by at SAP Labs to learn more about what we are offering for B2B startups and how SAP has evolved from a team of five German entrepreneurs to the biggest enterprise software company in the world. Many of them had interacted with SAP Germany prior to visiting and upon their arrival, were extremely interested about how a German Global Player is positioning itself in Palo Alto.
A couple of weeks before the trip they consulted us to find a cool party location in Silicon Valley – we pulled our triggers to host the event at HANAHaus, one of SAP’s latest innovative ideas and the new go-to place on University Ave in Palo Alto. While this was one of the biggest events ever hosted at the venue (120+ people), the attendees loved it and enjoyed the agenda with great keynotes and a panel discussion before the Dj’s from Berlin took over the party crowd.
Berlin Night at HANAHaus Palo Alto.
From Berlin Night to Berlin afternoon on June 30th
While the German Valley Week was organized by the Startup Verband e.V. in Germany, the SAP Startup Focus team is going to host an event for German Startups in Berlin on June 30th. For the first time the Startup Forum will be hosted in the center of Berlin, but not at a traditional SAP location. We will host the event at hub:raum – the Dt. Telekom Incubator space. In addition to a large range of networking opportunities, interested startups have the opportunity to listen and participate in three different panel discussion about successful enterprise startups, the most pragmatic issues for startups and media advice on how to get your company noticed by the right people.
But not only startups are invited to join us for this event, everyone who is connected to the local startup scene and wants to learn about SAP’s offerings for startups is welcome to click below to learn more about the event and register for free.
We look forward to seeing you in Deutschland!