Inspirational ideas fire up social change

Startery is a scholarship program for social start-ups in their early stages, aiming to trigger a positive, social change.

Powering Best-run NGOs & Social Enterprises
Connecting Employees with Purpose

With this program, we enable creative and motivated people to get their social business ideas off the ground and put them on the path to successful (IT) careers.

Startery offers intensive training and mentoring to upcoming social entrepreneurs in Middle and Eastern Europe with a focus on Germany. Additionally, the Social Impact Lab Berlin, which is solely funded by SAP, offers an eight-month scholarship, a co-working space, and mentoring by an SAP colleague in this very important early stage of development of a social enterprise.

SAP employees support the social entrepreneurs with their business expertise and know-how. Since the program started in 2011, more than 200 SAP colleagues have contributed their skills as mentors and workshop coaches (from design thinking to sales coaching) to guide the young entrepreneurs on their journey to a social enterprise.

  • Since 2011, more than 180 Social Impact Start scholarships were granted.
  • Over 1,100 social entrepreneurs applied for scholarships.
  • Approx. 120 scholarship recipients founded a social start-up and, thus, created more than 500 new jobs.
  • More than 100 national and international awards have been granted to start-ups.
  • Over 5 million Euro start-up funding has been raised.
  • More than 200 SAP mentors donated approx. 8.640 mentoring hours.

„From the beginning, our meetings with Nicole weren’t limited to the office; we also met her at cafes and restaurants where the atmosphere was relaxed. This enabled us to build a personal relationship with our mentor really quickly, which made us more willing to accept her criticism. It was sometimes pretty harsh, but it also helped us tremendously.”
Milena from Original Unverpackt