SAP Recognizes and Supports Startups in Central Europe

Following a series of local events in November to identify the best Start-Ups in Central Europe, SAP joined the Grand Finale of the Central European Start-Up Award (CESA) in Ljubljana to sponsor two critical awards, the Start-Up of the Year Award and the Most Influential Woman Award. SAP Labs Network COO, Clemens Daeschle, and the lead of the SAP Start Up Focus Program for EMEA, Luisa Silva, connected with some of the hottest startups and talent in the CEE region to share our message about how SAP can help young entrepreneurs convert their ideas into feasible and viable business ventures.


CESA is a great opportunity to connect and influence but in solid start-up tradition it is also a real celebration. SAP is therefore proud to announce the winners of the Start-Up of the Year award, Brainly (picture, right, with Luisa Silva, SAP Start Up Focus Program, EMEA, and Michal Borkowski, CEO & Co-Founder, Brainly), and the Most Influential Woman in Central Europa (in Tech), Urska Srsen from Bellabeat (picture, below, with Clemens Daeschle, COO SAP Labs Network, and Urska Srsen). With the winners announced, the party finally started in style @ABC Hub, where the corporate mask was dropped and everyone went back to the roots, discussing tech, dreaming big and opening up new opportunities to make the world run better.

SAP’s attitude is that to be successful in a digital economy, companies need to cooperate, co-innovate, and share their ideas and knowledge. We are already working with more than 2000 startups around the world, combining our innovation platform with disruptive ideas in virtually all areas of business. At CESA, SAP wants to raise further awareness about some of its programs focused on startups.

Startup Focus Program

The Startup Focus Program is a 12-month global initiative to develop and accelerate market traction of new applications based on SAP HANA that apply Big Data, predictive and real-time analytics. Celonis and Weisbeerger are two examples of successful program members.