DEEPA GAUTAM-NIGGE

Deepa is heading the SAP Next-Gen Innovation Network in Munich. SAP Next-Gen is a vibrant community for “innovation with purpose” related to the UN Global Goals of sustainability with SAP’s strategic and most innovative customers, high class Universities with their Entrepreneurship Centers, top-notch StartUps and successful Venture Firms to jointly drive future innovation. In this role is mainly focusing on corporate innovation initiatives and driving those using an open ecosystem approach. She is Representing SAP (as a founding partner) in the Steering Commitee of de:hub mobility Being always passionate about connecting new technologies and business Deepa is also supporting Munich based Venture Capital Firm Earlybird as a Venture Advisor and is coaching StartUps with her
expertise in G2M of new technologies and Network Sales as well in terms of VC Funding.
Deepa holds a degree in economics from RTWH Aachen – where she studied Technology & Innovation Management, Industrial Logistics and Operations Research. She started her career back in 2001 at Trovarit AG a VC-backed University SpinOff from FIR – Instiute for Operations Management at RWTH Aachen – aiming to change the way of selecting standard ERP/CRM-Solutions, by launching the online platform www.it-matchmaker.com and a scalable service portfolio around it .
With her employments at SAP and Microsoft in various roles in Innovation G2M Management as well as Partner Sales and Business Development, Deepa has 19+ years experience in the industry of Enterprise Applications from various ankles and spanning all segments from SME to LE.
For the Network “Global Digital Women” she is currently heading the Munich Chapter supporting visibility and empowerment of the next generation of digital female leaders and is a true role model for innovation, digitization and diversity as a working mum (e.g. featured in German Issue of COSMOPOLITAN, 02/2018, myself 09/2018 and as Handelsblatt Rolemodel, 28.09.2018).
Compiling the various experiences, she gained over her professional career Deepa also founded the global program “SAP Next-Gen Advisors” to establish supporting structures to encourage young talents to dare the “adventure of founding” and to foster Diversity or Gender Balance within young companies.
Deepa is frequent speaker/panelist regarding:
– Corporate Innovation – Driving Innovation in the new world of ecosystems
– Running at two speeds – How to use digitization for a new culture of innovation
– Strategic Innovation Ecosystem Development
– AI and the Future of work