SAP intros start-up programme for HANA

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Enterprise application software vendor, SAP is looking for promising start-up companies interested in developing their big data solutions on top of SAP HANA, a high-performance, in-memory database and computing platform.

SAP says, as part of its global strategy to empower start-ups and entrepreneurs in growing their businesses, SAP Africa will be unveiling its first-ever African Startup Forum, on 30 January 2013, in Johannesburg.

The vendor explains that participants in this pioneering initiative will be offered HANA test and development licences, development toolkits and ongoing technical support from SAP worth more than R550 000 at no charge until the business runs live on SAP HANA for up to one year.

In a statement, SAP says it will identify key start-ups, which will then be invited to join a development accelerator (DA). The objective of a DA is to build a proof-of-concept (POC) and, eventually, a product with explicit business value. Start-ups will be selected based on feasibility and viability. The DA kicks off with an intensive boot camp on SAP HANA development topics.

Once development is underway, it adds, SAP will support participants with regular architecture reviews, technical support and consulting. Once past the POC stage, the best solutions will be promoted to the public and the solutions will be featured in promotional materials. When start-ups are ready with their products, they will enter SAP's Go-To-Market stage.

According to SAP, participants in the programme will also have the opportunity to meet representatives from SAP Ventures to explore funding opportunities out of the $155 million start-up SAP Ventures Fund. In addition, they will have a chance to attend and present at major SAP international events.

The closing date for registrations is 12 December 2012.

For more information and to register to attend the event on 30 January, click here.

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