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What’s one of the most powerful combos? Here, it was your great innovative ideas coupled with SAP technology. Over 800 employees tuned in to watch the top five finalist teams pitch for the annual SAP One Billion Lives (1BLives) North America Demo Day 2021, a shark tank style event focused on social innovation ideas.


Passion & Dedication

Since 2018, almost 500 participants from all over SAP Canada and the US have shared their passions by submitting more than 200 ideas on how to improve the lives of 1 billion people through innovations using SAP technology.

This year, with a high-energy atmosphere created by the MC, Wayne Pau, and the amazing support of our esteemed jury, 5 teams representing our region were phenomenal in sharing their passionate ideas on how to make the world run better and improve people’s lives.

Relive the action and watch the replay here. (Note: If you are looking to turn on subtitles you can do so using Google Chrome. Once in Chrome, go to Settings > Advanced > Accessibility.)

Tough Calls

“All of you put your hearts in it. Through lots of hours and consultations, every one of you were very prepared” DJ Paoni said to all teams during feedback.

While each of the teams’ pitches demonstrated SAP’s commitment to passion, purpose, and perseverance, the jury had the tough call of choosing one to move to the global accelerator program and Investment Committee Meeting with other regional teams.

We’d like to announce…Congrats to SAP EcoMarine for securing North America’s nomination to the global 1BLives program!

Christian Butzlaff presenting for his team (Philippe Mouloudj, Sabira Ahuja, and Thomas Arends) conveyed a brilliant solution for shippers and ocean vessel owners, allowing them to report, analysis and actively minimize their ocean shipping carbon footprint. Their demo screens showed how it combines actual ocean vessel emission data with SAP backend data based on their consultations with customers.

In DJ Paoni’s feedback to the team, he shared how sustainability is at the top of every board agenda at customers and how this solution fits very naturally into SAP’s mission.

Other regional finalist teams:

This year, the audience also had the chance to vote on the People’s Choice award. The fan favorite, after a very tight vote between all the teams, was Cast by SAP!

Cast by SAP (Garth Despain, Jose Valladares, Jennifer Guskey, Doug Culpepper) focuses on meaningful mentoring & micro-finance. Their solution connects investor mentors with small entrepreneurs in developing countries who need a micro-loan and coaching to grow their business and escape from poverty.


PurpOcity (Arun P, Chris Lewis, Miguel Alfaro, Timothy Curcio) - Bringing Organization to the Disorganized Market of Sustainability

Suppliers that demonstrate a commitment to the UN Sustainability Goals should be rewarded for their pioneering efforts through prioritized business opportunities. Buyer organizations that support matching goals have increasing needs to validate their supply chain for CSR and ESG reporting. PurpOcity will leverage SAP Business networks to match these two objectives, enabling suppliers to capitalize on their sustainability investments and buyers to verify goal progress.

SAP IMPACT (JT Malorgio, Ken Landau, Alan Clark, Tom Krusinski, Tim DeVries, Jim Chen, Srini Anchoori) - Increasing Efficiencies and Transparencies in Charity Giving Process

SAP Impact looks to change the present landscape of charitable donations and philanthropy. SAP Impact looks to make the process of charity and philanthropy more engaging to all parties. By providing the capability of auto-deducting funds from payroll, SAP Impact can streamline the process of giving. Companies also can increase the visibility and showcase causes that they believe meet with corporate goals. Finally, the NGO/NPO portal allows for the creation and tracking of campaign performance and gives organizations a platform for interacting with benefactors and with one another. SAP Impact will enable employees to be more impactful with the funds/time they give, together with transparency and accountability to the giving process

The By-product value chain (Sujan Muralee, Dilip Radhakrishnan, Michelle Huang, Sachin Bapat)

By-Products from farming operations are usually handled in an unorganized manner. Some of these are either left as landfill or even burnt to create space/avoid storage etc. If we at SAP can bring together a consumer/supplier network economy model where we can have individuals or small farming houses register, explore the By-Products value chain to partner/source services/lease equipment/logistics etc. to monetize these otherwise wasted assets.


Make sure to catch each 5-minute pitch and judge Q&A session in the replay.

SAP One Billion Lives would like to thank all the teams who participated in this year’s North America Demo Day and encourage each team to continue working on their ideas for future submission!


An Amazing Journey to Come

TutorAll, the 2020 1BLives winner, gave a sneak peek during the break as to what’s next when Sachin Bapat shared his captivating updates on how life has changed since the team advanced and unveiled their pilot solution with United Way.

Among his insights was “You will find help from people who are not on your team, whose job it is not to help you. They will come forward to work with you and want to help you.”

Gaining allies was a main theme at this Demo Day and which was demonstrated by both the eager jury and supportive audience. Although only one team could advance, this inspirational day is a true testament to the amazing talent we are surrounded by at SAP.

After announcing the winner, DJ Paoni thanked the finalists for their passions and sharing their incredible ideas with us today. He also encouraged everyone in the audience, no matter what your job is inside of SAP, to really embrace the notion that we all have the ability to change the world. It’s not too early to start thinking about ideas for next year.

If you are passionate and want to get engaged in social impact projects, please check out:

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