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 a part of our community


Are you looking for a strong network of business partner with years of experience? Then let’s work together and benefit from each other!
We are looking for innovative and courageous founders!


Your advantages at a glance:

#short decision paths #Networking #Mentoring #Advice

Community benefits at a glance:

#community growth #networking #testimonials


Together we can achieve more. Check out our offer and get in touch with the StartUpSecure team!



Do you have an innovative business idea in the field of IT security, but you are not sure whether founding a company is right for you? Or do you simply want to find out whether the requirements of StartUpSecure KASTEL match your own start-up objectives? We will help you answer those questions and provide you relevant information on the topic of entrepreneurship. You can also sharpen your idea at our events and receive valuable tips on how to proceed.



Initial consultation

You have a business idea in the field of IT security and would like to find out more about our StartupSecure KASTEL program? Perfect! Share your busniess idea with our experts and advisors to find out more about the advantages and requirements of our program. We answer your questions and give you feedback regarding your start-up strategies.

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Our bar camps guarantee an intense experience with practical tasks that encourage all participants to take an activ part during this event. Learn efficiently how to solve real challenges in the field of business development and enterprenuership.

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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 a scientist working in basic and applied research? Are you interested in presenting your latest research results? Then take part in the three-minute CyberSecurity Poster Pitch.

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We bring together regional, national and international experts in IT security and related disciplines to address current key topics from the world of the IT-security. Be there, stay informed!

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Soft Landing Cyber Security

Do you have an idea in the field of cyber security or have you already founded a company and find the German market exciting? But you don’t speak German and are not sure how to go about it? Then you have come to the right place. Because we are looking for motivated people from all over the world who want to build up their company in Germany. Our Soft Landing event is designed to introduce you to the local ecosystem and connect you with the right partners from the field.  

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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.




One of the most important tasks of a start-up is scaling its own product. Our Speed-up-Secure Accelerator will help you with this.

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Together we can move mountains! The StartUpSecure KASTEL itself is part of large networks such as the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and the KIT-Gründerschmiede community. We know exactly how important it is to promote networking when building a business.

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The Community Congress by StartUpSecure KASTEL in week 21/2023 in TRIANGEL Open Space will be about bringing the Cyber Security-Community together, about personal networking and information exchange in the field of IT-Security and Critical Infrastructure. In addition, we present our cyber security incubator StartUpSecure KASTEL.

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 Lab

As a competence center, the KASTEL Security Research Lab 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.
Community Management

Sylwia Wasz

#StartupSecure Kastel #Community Management #Initial consultation #Events #Communication


+49 721 608-29290

Founder Consultancy

Alexander Graf

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


+49 721 608-22147


Kamelia Maleschlijski

#StartupSecure Kastel #Program Management #Events #International


+49 721 608-29065

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