Cyber ​​Pop-up, a cybersecurity startup, has accelerated its growth through SAP’s Pro Bono for Economic Equity program

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SAP, a business applications software company, in partnership with the nonprofit organization PYXERA Global, supports racial and social justice through a six-week pro-bono program that aims to help black entrepreneurs successfully grow their small businesses. Cyber ​​Pop-up CEO and Founder Dr. Christine Izuakor attests to its success.

The virtual Pro Bono for Economic Equity (PBEE) program leverages the expertise of SAP professionals to support black entrepreneurs by helping them grow their businesses in these areas:

  • Streamline and improve efficiency
  • Transfer operations or services to virtual
  • Meeting customer needs in today’s environment
  • Growing company
  • Building resilience in difficult times

Companies admitted to the program are assigned a team of two to three SAP professionals who each spend 80 hours on the company during the six-week program. In response to the business application questions, the team will match the wishes of the entrepreneur as closely as possible.

According to the website of the programthe team members will “represent a variety of disciplines and backgrounds to provide a multi-layered perspective to the companies selected to participate in the program.”

Cyber ​​pop-up was the first cohort to be admitted to the PBEE program. The small company was founded by Dr. Christine Izuakor, a 10-year veteran of the cybersecurity industry who transitioned from a career in corporate America to full-time entrepreneurship. Cyber ​​Pop-up aims to provide on-demand access to cybersecurity experts for small to medium-sized businesses that do not have an in-house team to solve cybersecurity problems. According to Izuakor, Cyber ​​Popup plans to launch later this year.

Izuakor said SAP’s PBEE program helped her deal with the challenges of being a first solo founder by helping her turn knowledge and advice into action.

†[The PBEE program] really stood out to me because as the first founder I got so much information and so much knowledge of what to do which was really important but as a solo founder with no team i had no one to help me really [execute] it,” Izuakor . told ZDNet

SAP matched Izuakor with a team of three consultants who had different skills but were aligned with the challenges Cyber ​​Pop-up was facing at the time. The team worked with Izuakor to create a business framework, establish key performance indicators (KPIs), set short and long-term business goals, prepare proof-of-product plans, review growth strategies, and draft a technology roadmap, among other things.

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“We got to a point where I, as a solo founder, had gathered the first evidence to show that the business model can work,” Izuakor said. “I was doing everything as cheaply as I could on my own, and we got to a point where we saw a lot more interest and demand than what those manual and basic processes could handle, so the SAP team really came together to help figure out how we can build something that is more robust and scalable for today, but also think about the future and where we want to be technologically in three or five years.”

According to Izuakor, the SAP team worked quickly and delivered wireframe mockups in just two days.

“A lot of programs don’t move as fast and don’t have as much passion and intent as this team we were associated with. And even just the momentum we started with was an inspiration to me, and I think it drove me to work even closer with the team.” So by the time we got to the end of the program, I had so many great results, strategies and insights,” she said.

Since launching in just four cities in the US, SAP said the PBEE program has helped more than 55 companies, including Cyber ​​Pop-up. The program has since expanded globally to the UK, Brazil and South Africa and will be available in Canada soon, according to the company.

Izuakor said the PBEE program helped her plan for the product her company is building today and develop strategies to secure funding through pitch competitions and fundraising. “The program has really helped build a foundation, both from a product and growth readiness standpoint, and has laid a solid foundation for us to build on, and we are still building on that same foundation,” she said.

The application for the PBEE program has been opened for a certain time window. Interested entrepreneurs can check when applications are opened and apply here

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