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We Grow by Sharing Innovation to Improve People’s Lives

SAP is the world leader in backroom to boardroom enterprise applications and helps its customers solve business problems across all industries and regions.

SAP has introduced an initiative to touch one billion lives in the Asia Pacific Japan region by 2020 and make real SAP’s vision to help the world run better and improve people’s lives. The SAP leadership seeks to bolster the company’s 2020 vision and growth aspirations with a unifying purpose to engage employees and showcase the power of SAP. In 2018, the One Billion Lives initiative will expand beyond the initial Asia Pacific Japan region to become a global, Board-sponsored initiative available to all 85 000+ SAP employees.

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Launched at the beginning of 2016, the One Billion Lives initiative is an incubator aiming to build innovative ventures with SAP employees and SAP technology to deliver sustainable and commercially-viable social impact, improving the lives of 1 billion people across the world. One Billion Lives enables end-to-end development of ventures, offering ideation workshops, acceleration bootcamps, mentoring and coaching of high-potential teams, and the eventual incubation of projects in the SAP.iO Venture Studio. The initiative owns the end-to-end development of ventures, creating business value for SAP.

To date, over 5 300 SAP employees have been actively engaged in the One Billion Lives Initiative. With 180 venture submissions made since the launch, each selected venture has access to €200,000 in seed funding to support the development of venture partners, proof-of-concepts and engagement with non-governmental organisations (NGOs), government agencies and other corporates needed to scale their social impact.

One of the projects is the 1BLives Nivaran venture which aspires to revolutionise cancer treatment through SAP technology in partnership with the Ramesh Nimmagadda Cancer Foundation (RNCF), an NGO focused on cancer data research. RNCF helped develop an open data platform to collect information, leverage machine-learning and provide predictive analytics to improve cancer diagnosis and treatment.

“I am sure this will change the way cancer treatment is done in India, which has a population of about 1.2 billion people. If the same thing is applied across this region, it will be billions. I am sure this venture will be used across the world,” said Dr Ramesh Nimmagadda, Founder, RNCF.

“Our vision is to help the world run better and improve people’s lives. Our solutions help people, businesses and institutions achieve economic development, social progress and environmental impact,” said Bill McDermott, CEO SAP SE.