StartupSecure KASTEL

Cyber Security
in focus

Incubator for start-ups in the field of IT security with a regional and international reach.


Comprehensive know-how

Our vision for StartupSecure KASTEL is to be recognized as an information hub and meeting point for founders, international teams, partners, investors and networks on all aspects of cyber security. How do we want to achieve it?


We are aware that the today’s market expectations towards IT security products and services are high. Our 4-stage program was created for those who are interested in founding a company and for entreprenuers that want to scale their businss objectives sustainably. The start-up teams which qualify for this program can expect a solid support in terms of technology development and entreprenuership that is particularly crucial in the early stage of a start-up growth. Our strong network of university, industrial and institutional experts enable your company to tailor your product or service to the market needs and become an approved member in our StartUpSecure KASTEL community.



Become part of our community

Our community includes not only our supported start-ups but also all relevant stakeholders from industry, politics, research and society who deal with the following topics in their everyday professional life:


#Security #Privacy #ransomware #Kryptography #KI #IoT #Industrie 4.0 #VPN


Our informative events offer all guests the chance for exciting networking. Start-ups and relevant stakeholders also have the opportunity to get actively involved in our community as speakers or mentors in order to gain even more visibility.



Do you have an innovative business idea in the field of IT-security but you are not sure whether founding a company is the right career path for you? Perhaps you have already founded a start-up and would like to learn more about the offer and the requirements of the StartUpSecure KASTEL program? We will help you to sharpen your business idea, to network with our community, and inform you about relevant topics and instruments from the field of entrepreneurship.



Initial consultation

The initial consultation is the first step for those interested in founding a company / start-ups who want to find out more about the StartUpSecure KASTEL program. In a relaxed conversation, you and our advisor will find out what you need to be accepted into the program. We will also help you sharpen your idea and give you individual tips.

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What topics from the fields of IT-security and entrepreneurship are you most interested in? Do you find our offers attractive? Write us your opinion and your ideas and we will be happy to take them into account when planning our events. It doesn’t matter whether you’re still studying, have already founded a start-up or are part of an institution. We are looking forward to your feedback.

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How do I concretize my business idea? How can I focus on certain areas in order to be successful in a market? How do I maintain a clear overview? What opportunities do I have? Join us and boost your business plans sustainably.



Are you currently researching on a topic in the field of IT security and privacy or a related topic? Do you want to present your research results on a stage? Regardless of whether it is basic or applied research. We have a solution for you. Let’s talk about it.

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Would you like to concretise your business idea and be supported by experts? Then find out now about the Speed-up-Secure accelerator programme, which is jointly organised by the four StartUpSecure incubators.

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Our finincing offer is a pure profit. Get in touch with the StartUpSeure Kastel team and and learn more about your possibilities.


start-up advice

funding advice

How do I finance my entrepreneurial project? How do I write a grant application? We provide information about the StartUpSecure KASTEL program in terms of financing, answer your queries and guide you successfully through the grant application process.

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VC & investor matching

You need venture capital for your business idea? Together with KIT-Gründerschmiede, we connect you with venture capitalists from international corporate VC or national VC firms to regional family offices and local business angels.

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You founded a company – congratulations. But now the work really starts, because a good business idea and an innovative product are no guarantee for business success. Stay an active member of our StartUpSecure KASTEL community and participate in our events either as a mentor or a guest. It’s an investment in your development and a great opportunity to interact with other entrepreneurs and investors.




Once a year we organize the live event Community Congress for you and each time we focus on a different topic. On 21.03.2024 we will bring our community together for the third time. Stay tuned.

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start-up advice

take off secure

Once you have secured funding for your start-up project with StartUpSecure KASTEL, your next big challenge awaits you. How do I implement my research project? How do I find project partners for a pilot project? Who can provide me with answers to technological questions? And how do I keep my start-up going?

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Sustainable Start-up

Are you interested in exploring innovative leadership and sustainability strategies within an interdisciplinary team to enhance the resilience of your start-up? On January 23, 2024, we are bringing together experts and start-ups from various sectors, including IT security, energy, and mobility, to collaboratively work on concrete action plans. Join us and shape the future of your company!

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We are strong together

Our project partners

Federal ministry

The Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) is the financier of the StartupSecure KASTEL program.


The CyberForum networks the IT-Region of Karlsruhe, spreads knowledge und supports start-ups from the start to the exit phase.


Karlsruher IT-Sicherheitsinitiative

The goal of this initiative ist the growth and organization of an regional platform for the knowledge transfer, exchange of experience and contact care between data protection officers, IT security officers, researchers and practitioners.

Baden-Württemberg international

Baden-Württemberg International is the central promotion agency for business and science in the state of Baden-Wuerttemberg. The aim is to make Baden-Wuerttemberg even more visible, attractive and resilient as a location for business and science in global competition.

Science Education

The team of the Institute of  Entrepreneurship, Technologie-Management und Innovation (EnTechnon) is strongly united with relevant KIT-players. Together, they provide necessary knowledge and tools in the field of entrepreneurship that enable to change technological and societal possibilities into tangible innovations.



Hub start-up entrepreneurship
Deep Tech Hub

Together with our partners from the start-up region Karlsruhe-Mannheim-Heidelberg, we have founded the Deep Tech Hub.

regional international
German Accelerator

The German Accelerator empowers German start-ups to scale globally.It takes high-potential companies on a fast-paced learning journey in some of the world’s leading innovation centres.

Start-up BW

Start-up BW is a state campaign of Baden Wuerttemberg that aims to mantain the the competitiveness and the economic strength of this region. Moreover, the state of Baden-Wuerttemberg intents to refresh its reputation as a start-up region on a national and international scale.


Hub national
Digital Hub Cybersecurity

The Digital Hub Cybersecurity is the leading innovation community for cybersecurity in Germany. They network players from established companies, research and the start-up scene and create awareness among influencers, investors and stakeholders.



Science Education

The Institute of Information Security and Dependability represents research and teaching in the field of information security and reliability at KIT.


Science Education

The Karlsruhe Service Research Institute (KSRI) provides a hub that fosters a powerful digital innovation community integrating academia and industry.

Chamber of Commerce and Industry Karlsruhe

The Chamber of Commerce and Industry Karlsruhe (IHK Karlsruhe) represents the interests of its members, sets impulses for the Karlsruhe location, networks the regional economy, provides services for its members and organizes events from congresses to networking.

Kastel Security Research Labs

As a competence center, the KASTEL Security Research Labs bundles the expertise in cybersecurity research at the research location Karlsruhe. The goal is to develop a comprehensive approach for concrete application areas instead of isolated partial solutions.

The StartupSecure KASTEL team

We look forward to working and exchanging knowledge and ideas with you.
Program Management

Kamelia Maleschlijski

#StartupSecure Kastel #Program Management #Events #International


+49 721 608-29065

Founder Consultancy

Alexander Graf

#StartUpSecure Kastel #initial consultation #start-up advice #CoEvolutionary Start-up


+49 721 608-22147

Project management

Sylwia Wasz

#StartupSecure Kastel #Community Management #Initial consultation #Events


+49 721 608-29290

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