SUP Up 2017

SAP UP Contest was founded by SAP CIS in 2015. Key objective of the Contest is building a business community environment for expertise and sponsorship in the field of social startups. The Contest is held by SAP to promote social entrepreneurship best practices in Russia, Kazakhstan and Belarus (starting 2017). By inviting representatives of the business sector, government authorities, education and non-profit associations to participate in the Contest, SAP contributes to establishment of the community that promotes and develops social entrepreneurship as a separate national economy sector in the country.

Who can participate?

Any social enterprise operating in the following areas can participate in the Contest:

  • Ecology
  • Multiculturalism
  • Territory Development
  • Equal Opportunities
  • Culture
  • Education
  • Health and Healthcare
  • Healthy Lifestyle and Sports
  • Technology Innovations

The rules of this year contest will be announced in June 2017


3 winners of the Contest will receive certificates for an educational trip to Europe and Grand Prix winner will receive cash prize. Additional prizes and promotions may vary.

Evaluation system

Total score of the project is calculated as the sum of the scores for 5 main criteria. Each criteria is evaluated on a scale from 0 to 10. Maximum total score is 50. The experts and judges evaluate the projects by the following criteria:

Social significance
effect of the project on the quality of life including evaluation of the project's mission, idea, and history, target audience and vision based on project implementation outcome
uniqueness and effectiveness of the proposed problem solution, and project scalability
Project resources
project team resources from the creator to the competencies of team members and partners and collaboration with other enterprises
Business capabilities
project financial stability, balance of funding and expenses, business model vision
Sustainable growth
strategy, risks, and perspectives, most prominent achievements on the day of application submission

SAP Innovation Management

SAP Innovation Management platform is a solution designed by SAP Custom Development as a management tool for innovative proposals. SAP-IM will be used for selection and analysis of participant applications during Contest and help judging panel experts identify the best projects.

Contest organizer


In August 2015, SAP — the leading global software developer — will launch a large-scale social initiatives Contest called “UP”.

The aim of this Contest is to form an active community of likeminded people who are able to build up “smart” social entrepreneurship both in our country and worldwide.

Results of the Contest in 2015

cities of 2 countries
project partners
publications in mass media

Winners of the Challenge in 2015

Grand prize winner: Nadezhda Samoilova Kindergartens

For me, the main achievement of the kindergarten in the first year is that the teachers have carried out a lot of remedial activities, normalized the psychological state of the kids, and learnt to deal with several kids at once. I'm happy with the fact that the kids are making huge progress, that they have learnt to communicate with each other, and do it willingly (which is a huge step forward for autistic kids!). My victory in the Challenge means for me that what I do is important not only for me and "my" kids, but for many other people in the outside world as well. That is, from the level of the special needs children and their parents we have reached up to the level of society, and notably Russia-wide.

Nadezhda Samoilova

1st place: My First Book

Regional organizations have few opportunities for promoting their projects. I have no doubt that our victory in the UP challenge will help us. Now that our project has been highly appraised by the organizers, partners and expert judges, we have more confidence in our capabilities.

Margarita Semikova, CEO, Constellation of Hearts charity fund

2nd place: Charity Shop

We turn useless clothing into a valuable resource for social transformation to give hope to those who find themselves in difficult circumstances. All revenue from sales is allocated to internal social projects on provision of employment for socially disadvantaged groups and to the center of equal opportunities UP

Darya Alekseeva, founder of Charity Shop

2nd place: Motor Skills

Our main goal is to teach people not to be embarrassed of their impairments and to open new possibilities and horizons for them that are available with modern technologies. Every person is unique. The prostheses they wear must also be unique and match their personality and functioning.

Ilya Chekh, CEO, Motorica

3nd place: Goose Breeding Development Program

The operating farm provides rural population with young geese and fodder (oats, potatoes). Implementation of our project will provide beneficial employment to a considerable number of unemployed people with little investments and secured income.

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