SAP Ventures, an affiliate to
) declared recently that it has raised a total of $1 billion in a
year for investment. The company's SAP HANA Real-Time Fund raised
$405 million along with $650 million raised for a new direct
investment fund, SAP Ventures Fund II. SAP AG is a limited
partner of SAP Ventures, which is an independent venture capital
SAP Ventures total assets are now at about $1.4 billion,
including the $353 million that was raised from the SAP Ventures
Fund I, launched in 2011. SAP Ventures is focused on building an
expansive ecosystem for its partners and enterprise customers
including venture capitalists, intellectual founders and some of
the world's most innovative entrepreneurs.
SAP Ventures provide their customers with proven strategies
for expanding the existing business and for new acquisitions. The
SAP Ventures Fund II has been designed to fund firms having
proven business model; whereas the SAP HANA Real-Time fund caters
to funding firms in their initial growth stage.
The company is also assembling a business development team
comprising 10 members who would be responsible for leveraging the
potential of the company's enterprise ecosystem in collaboration
with SAP AG. This team will be working with firms in SAP
Ventures's portfolio and providing them access to the strategies
for accelerating growth and increasing revenues.
SAP Ventures has been witnessing a record growth in 2013;
having initiated as many as five IPOs and seven mergers &
acquisitions to date. The companies in its portfolio that went
public include Control 4, Just Dial, Marin Software, Tremor Video
and Violin Memory, whereas the seven firms that were acquired
included Aepona, Apriso, Datria, ExactTarget, Ignite, ScaleIO and
In the near future, SAP Ventures expects to expand its network
of portfolio companies and investment experts via its SAP HANA
Real-Time Fund. This will lead to an increased availability of
strategically important connections for all the entrepreneurs
associated with SAP.
SAP currently has a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold). Other stocks in the
software industry that are more promising at the moment include
Dealertrack Technologies, Inc.
Trend Micro Inc.
all three carry a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy).
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