Prof. Dr. Hasso Plattner
Prof. Dr. Hasso Plattner is one of the co-founders of SAP AG and has been Chairman of the Supervisory Board since May 2003. In this role and as Chief Software Advisor, he concentrates on defining the medium- and long- term technology strategy and direction of SAP. He also heads the Technology Committee of the SAP Supervisory Board.
Prof. Dr. Hasso Plattner also founded the Hasso Plattner Institute (HPI) for IT Systems Engineering at the University of Potsdam in 1998 with the largest single private contribution to a university ever made in Germany. Through his continuing financial support, he is helping the HPI in its efforts to become a center for the education of world-class software specialists.
Hasso Plattner Ventures (HPV)
Hasso Plattner Ventures (HPV) was founded in 2005 in the German city of Potsdam on the initiative of Prof. Hasso Plattner. This venture capital funds invest in software, web service providers and Clean Tech. SAP co-founder Prof. Dr. h.c. Hasso Plattner provided the lion’s share of the investment capital for HPV, along with InvestitionsBank of Brandenburg, CMEA Ventures, as well as Shai Agassi and Arnon Katz. Hasso Plattner Ventures provides investment for young and fast growing companies with the most promising business model. In addition to this, HPV offers a variety of business services for its portfolio companies including coaching and recruiting.