The source of tomorrow’s big ideas

Top students compete at SAP Co-Innovation Event, hosted by Deloitte

To help encourage and inspire the next generation of business and technology consulting leaders, Deloitte continues to collaborate with SAP to host the SAP Co-Innovation Event.

This year’s event—held August 4-6 at Deloitte University in Westlake, Texas—drew 61 students from 16 universities across the United States to compete in a three-day challenge to develop real-world solutions leveraging SAP® technology.

Teams included students from SAP University Alliance programs who are learning from leading business and technology curricula that incorporate SAP solutions—students who are engaged and passionate about SAP technology, and who already understand its power and potential.

Participating teams were challenged to create innovative, first-class solution strategies for a scenario focusing on supply chain improvements, real-time decision-making, and streamlined infrastructure for a beverage maker. In the end, three teams earned big prizes.

The Indiana University team claimed the top prize, with students taking home $500 gift cards. Villanova University and North Carolina State University teams finished in second place and third place, respectively. Rounding out the final four was San Diego State University.

In addition to IU, Villanova, NCSU, and SDSU, teams participating in the event this year included:

  • Atlanta University Center
  • California State University, Los Angeles
  • Delaware State University
  • Grand Valley State University
  • Missouri University of Science and Technology
  • Saint Louis University
  • Texas Christian University
  • University of Colorado, Boulder
  • University of Oklahoma
  • University of Southern California
  • University of Texas, Dallas
  • Virginia State University

This year marked the third year Deloitte has hosted the event, which we consider an investment in the future.

The SAP Co-Innovation Event puts a sharp focus on ideas and individuals who hold the potential to shape how businesses will run tomorrow—helping to spark the kind of thinking that is critical for digital business transformation. It also provides students with practical experience and a strong sense of the value we at Deloitte deliver to our clients every day.

Explore social posts from the event at the Twitter hashtag #CoInnovation17.

To learn more about our university co-innovation efforts, contact us at

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Jan Waals

Jan Waals

Global SAP Chief Commercial Officer

Jan Waals has over 23 years of consulting experience and has been with Deloitte Consulting since 1994. He is known for Global Implementations for companies that are Headquartered in the US, Europe and... More

Abdi Goodarzi

Abdi Goodarzi

US Enterprise Performance Portfolio Leader

Abdi is a principal with Deloitte Consulting LLP, leading Deloitte’s Enterprise Performance (EP) Offerings Portfolio. This portfolio of six offerings provide Strategy, Implement and Operate services f... More