SAP UP Russia

Social Innovation Made in Russia

Launching the SAP UP contest, SAP Russia initiated the first social entrepreneurship competition in Russia. Contestants applied from all over the country. The winners spent some exciting days in the vibrant social entrepreneurship community in Berlin.

Building Digital Skills

SAP UP invited all young social entrepreneurs throughout Russia to pitch their best ideas.

In November 2015, a panel of judges compiled of representatives from SAP, business, government, and non-profit organizations selected the six winners from the more than 250 applications received.

Top honors went to the “Inclusive Kindergarten” project developed by Nadezhda Samoilova, a young woman who has been creating a network of private kindergartens for special needs children. These kindergartens are unique in the area as they provide a private education for differently abled children and personalize rehabilitation programs for each child.

The grand prize awarded to the top contribution was monetary; the other winners received a special business workshop at the Social Impact Lab in Berlin.

By involving representatives of the Russian business, public, educational and social sectors, SAP has helped to promote a community of like-minded people and organizations, who actively contribute to the solution of social problems and leverage social investments across the country.

  • 250 applications from more than 50 cities.
  • 6 projects receiving an award.
  • 7 video courses with experts.
  • 4 round tables at partners’ sites.
  • About 50 publications in media and social media.
  • For the first time, SAP Russia won two top CSR best practice awards.

"Social entrepreneurship has just started to develop in Russia over the last decade. That’s why the support of international business leaders is all the more important for it to grow here. SAP continuously implements innovative corporate social responsibility programs and the SAP UP contest is the latest example.”
Natalia Parmenova, Chief Operating Office SAP CIS