The Program

The Fraunhofer Cybersecurity Incubator is part of the Hessian Israeli Partnership Accelerator (HIPA) and is dedicated to foster new security innovations and start-ups. Focused on Cybersecurity and Privacy the program aims to speed up the development of new technological ideas and connect young entrepreneurs with researchers, advisors, customers and influencers. The incubator combines the strong experience of the Cyber nation Israel with 40+ years of Fraunhofer’s successful innovation model. In Europe’s leading hub for applied security research participants will solve real life Cybersecurity challenges from areas like:

  • Internet & Cloud security
  • Security mechanisms for the Internet of Things, industrial security and embedded systems
  • Protection against Advanced Persistant Threats
  • Web Security

Entrepreneurs and young professionals from Germany and Israel form mixed teams that address Cybersecurity challenges identified by Fraunhofer SIT. The program starts with one week of training with a cyber range platform, entrepreneurship and technology lectures that lays the foundations for succeeding with the cyber challenge in three months. Each team is coached by experienced Fraunhofer-researchers. The programm ends with one week in Darmstadt and a final conference day.

Participants should plan for extra travel days and be flexible as traveldates may vary according to flight availability.

What does a program run look like?

Phase 1 / Kick-off (31. Mar. - 7. Apr.)

  • Introduction of challenges
  • Entrepreneurship 101
  • Intercultural team building

Phase 2 / Virtual Incubation (8. Apr. - 30. Jun.)

  • Technical development
  • Remote coaching

Phase 3 / Final event (1. Jul. - 8. Jul.)

  • Industry lectures
  • Project finalisation
  • Final presentation



Dr. Haya Shulman
Managing Director
+49 6151 869-505