Former SAP Vice President joins Circklo’s Business Configurator Academy

Words by Circklo team in News

Thomas Vetter PhD, a former Senior Vice President with SAP, is one of the mentors of Circklo’s Business Configurator Academy. With a career spanning almost 30 years in software development, Dr Vetter’s expertise in high tech industries and related platforms/products will be invaluable for the start-ups and SMEs that have signed up to Circklo’s 12-weeks Academy.

Considered by many in the field of IT as one of the most progressive minds of the 21st century, Vetter got his PhD in theoretical physics from the University of Giessen in Germany after spending a significant number of years at the University of Washington, Seattle and University of California, Berkeley.

Sustainability, resource depletion, waste and extreme consumption are issues that concern us all – how can we make better decisions as consumers, and how can we take the right decisions as business owners? How can we combine technology with purpose and profit in such a way that optimisation occurs across all levels of the organisation? And how can we attract more investments in sustainable start-ups?’ are just some of the questions Vetter will tackle during his sessions at Circklo’s Academy.

New technologies, cloud native applications, and ‘always-on’ connectivity provide the core ingredients companies need to diversify their services and become customer-centric. This demands a truly holistic experience that puts people, not processes, at the forefront of decision making and customer communication.

Dr Vetter’s insights into team dynamics, mavericks and disruptors, the ‘chemical’ bonds any leadership and ownership structure need to rapidly build a successful business, are phenomenal. Our Academy candidates will have the rare opportunity to be mentored and supported by one of the best and brightest minds we have in the tech world, and I could not be more pleased to have Dr Vetter join us’ said Maria Morais, Circklo’s Managing Director. 

Circklo's Business Configurator Academy is a fixed term, mentorship-driven programme dedicated to start-ups and SMEs aiming to succeed in sustainable digital innovation.

Circklo is looking to accelerate start-ups for profit and impact in the areas of:

  • Sustainable food and beverage companies;
  • Sustainable fashion companies;
  • Recycling and reuse of resources (i.e., plastic, metals etc.);
  • Non-financial metrics calculators, and track and trace platforms;
  • Financial technology (fintech).

Circklo’s mentors and coaches work intensively with all individual teams for 12 weeks, ensuring these are supported to create a refined business plan.

Each 12-week cycle culminates in a Dragons' Guild Day, when the teams which have attended the programme will be presenting their business plan to a carefully selected, invite-only audience of investors and industry experts, the goal being that of seeking investment funding for their business idea, and/or a way to validate their idea with a real case scenario.


Set up in London in 2020, Circklo created the first Business Configurator in the world specialised in digital start-ups for the circular economy. Circklo’s main expertise is in developing seed stage start-ups in the sustainability area.

Circklo offers start-ups both the opportunity to raise capital and accelerate their business and, also, to configure their business in such a way that purpose and profit can successfully coexist and complement each other in the 21st century digital world, fully using and embracing the principles of circular economy.

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