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2021-04-29
Sebastian Klöckner

CISPA incubator participates in Booster

New funding program for cybersecurity startup founders

A new accelerator program called Booster is now funding cybersecurity startups and providing startup support. The CISPA incubator is also involved.

The new Booster funding program was launched by the StartUpSecure startup incubator, which is based at the National Research Center for Applied Cybersecurity ATHENE in Darmstadt. Start-up projects from the four participating incubators can participate in this accelerator program. In addition to CISPA in Saarbrücken, these are StartUpSecure ATHENE in Darmstadt itself, as well as the two other partner incubators Cube5 in Bochum and StartUpSecure KASTEL in Karlsruhe. The first six start-up projects have already qualified for Booster and will undergo a two-month targeted training program and accompanying mentoring by experts from business and research starting in early May.

This includes CISPA's Bitahoy team, whose product, the Bitahoy Watchdog, is concerned with smart home cybersecurity in households.

An accelerator is an intensive program to support startups. It aims to accelerate the development of startups through targeted training and exchanges with experts. Booster has also set itself the goal of supporting and networking start-up projects in the field of cybersecurity at an early stage.

At the Booster kick-off event on May 4, Dror Liwer, founder of coro.net from the cybersecurity start-up nation Israel, will give a keynote speech. Afterward, the teams will go through training units on start-up-relevant topics such as team building, business model development, marketing, financial planning, sales, internationalization, law, and pitching. These modules are accompanied by individual mentoring. At the end of the program after two months, the six teams pitch their business idea in front of a jury with representatives from Fraunhofer SIT, TU Darmstadt, Deutsche Lufthansa AG, GEA Group, and Xariva Ventures UG.

This text was translated by Oliver Schedler