CyberForum: Success Story Continues

General meeting with a review of the eventful financial year 2018.

Even more offers for start-ups, for companies and for (future) experts: the high-tech business network CyberForum continues to grow steadily. More than 50 employees are in the meantime contact persons for over 1,200 member companies, for institutions and politics in topics concerning the foundation of businesses, networking as well as digitalisation. The Board of Directors as well as members now looked back on a successful financial year on May 28, 2019.

“We remain on an expansion course,” states Matthias Hornberger, chairman of the board of CyberForum, on the occasion of the general meeting on the financial year 2018. He also adds: “We did also continuously expand our portfolio together with partners in the last year and created further added values for the IT region Karlsruhe – whether it may be the expansion of our start-up IT accelerator CyberLab or the support concerning the topic of IT security. Furthermore, we set a new standard for our hightech.business.network with more than 190 events and 19,000 participants.”

In the last year, the Cyberwehr Baden-Württemberg was launched, amongst others, a joint project of the FZI Research Center for Information Technology, Secorvo Security Consulting GmbH, DIZ | Digitales Innovationszentrum GmbH and CyberForum e.V and funded by the Baden-Württemberg Ministry of the Interior, Digitalisation and Migration. As contact point and counselling centre for small and medium-sized companies as well as coordination centre concerning hacker attacks, the Cyberwehr connects security services, economy and science. The Cyberwehr is available to companies in Karlsruhe as pilot project, there will progressively be a rollout on companies in Baden-Württemberg.

The IT Security Lab is also located at CyberLab, the IT accelerator of the CyberForum for founders from the digital industry, since 2018. In an intensive mentoring programme, start-ups from the field of IT security are supported according to recognised CyberLab principles.

CyberLab: support even more innovative founders

A further new offer in the CyberLab is “Start-up BW Pre-Seed”: in this new funding programme, the CyberLab is pilot partner in the model project of the Ministry of Economic Affairs. In the start-up BW Pre-Speed, innovative foundations receive up to EUR 200,000 additional financing volume in the so-called pre-speed phase, in which private investors and venture capital companies act often reluctantly. Meanwhile, 8 start-ups of the CyberLab could ensure this support, after their successful application.

“Start-up BW Pre-Speed will contribute to the increase of successful business foundations developing from the CyberLab,” states David Hermanns, CyberForum managing director. He also adds: “By the end of 2018, CyberLab start-ups and alumni had created overall more than 430 workplaces and had a total turnover of EUR 70 million. And with the start of construction of the Smart Production Lab, our statewide accelerator will be expanded by a further accelerator for innovative production topics in 2020.”

Smart Production Lab is part of the planned Smart Production Park, in which start-ups cooperate in a growth area of intelligent, connected production. The construction of the Smart Production Park will be funded by the City of Karlsruhe with EUR 2.1 million and the Smart Production Lab is also funded by the Ministry of Economic Affairs with EUR 972,000 of the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). In the planned building, young entrepreneurs shall receive a “laboratory” in a digital production environment, in order to mature marketable business models.

New, promising event formats

A further highlight around the CyberLab is the successful establishment of Female Founder Events, in which around 150 founders were able to benefit from network contacts, close exchange and impulses through the presentation of successful examples in 2018.

As a popular event format, the conference “UnternehmerTreffen IT, Medien & Kommunikation“ (entrepreneur meeting on IT, media & communication) was established in Baden-Baden. The interdisciplinary network meeting with annually growing numbers of participants, is organised by the CyberForum South, the branch office of the CyberForum, in Baden-Baden together with the EurAka Baden-Baden gGmbH.

Moreover, the business network CyberForum has deepened its activities also concerning the support of young experts. Thus, technika (Karlsruhe technology initiative), a project of the CyberForum in cooperation with regional partners and companies, created working groups dealing with technology and robotics related topics at more than 50 schools in the Karlsruhe region. With the start of the “Girls’ Digital Camps” funded by the Baden-Württemberg Ministry of Economic Affairs, technika extended their offer now to programming working groups and support for schoolgirls.

The CyberForum has also planned a lot for the current financial year: With the planned CyberForum academy, small and medium-sized member companies in particular shall receive numerous opportunities for the further training of their experts and managers.

Further highlights in the programme will be the cooperation events “Bunte Nacht der Digitalisierung” in the framework of karlsruhe.digital (October 10.) as well as “AIxIA” the first German-French conference on the application of artificial intelligence (October 1. and 2.)

Press contact CyberForum e.V.
Lea Steinweg
Communication & Marketing

Haid-und-Neu-Straße 18
76131 Karlsruhe, Germany

Phone: +49 (0) 721/602 897-55
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