CyberLab: IT-Accelerator from Karlsruhe 

In the CyberLab you can expect a real startup community in a network of over 1,200 companies mentoring by experienced entrepreneurs, personal coaching, a joint startup workspace in a castle with a brewery and 23 years of experience in the best IT and startup environment in Germany! 

As we are not driven by a corporate innovation strategy you don´t have to tie your business model to the accelerator’s interests. This means we won’t take your company shares.

We want what you want: the success of your startup!  

Team and advisory board

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Michael Rausch

Dep. Managing Director

+49 177 5156777

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Daniel Karszt

Head of CyberLab

+49 721.602 897-31

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Oezer Kopdur

Investor Network

+49 721.602 897-50

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Christian Kurrle

Startup Consultant

+49 721.602 897-52

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Manuel Sicca

Startup Consultant

+49 721.602 897-615

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Nico Hildmann

0721.602 897-619

Startup Consultant

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Michel Yammine

Startup Consultant

+49 721.602 897-611

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Giulia Morcelli

Startup Consultant

0721.602 897-612

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Michael Brauner

Intern CyberLab

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Justus Langer

Intern CyberLab

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Dr. Joachim Bernecker

Business Angel

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Anita Berres

Berres Strategy Consulting

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Elmar Buschlinger

HighTech - HighTouch

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Sven Häwel

homeandsmart GmbH

meinKA Stadtportal GmbH

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Andreas Hallwachs

Executive Director SWK Novatec GmbH

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Markus Hennig

Board member

Agile Partners GmbH

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Dr. Friedrich Georg Hoepfner

Hoepfner Strategie

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Matthias Hornberger

Chairman of the board

CEO Kizoo Technology Capital GmbH

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Martin Hubschneider

Board member

CAS Software AG

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Dr. Jakob Karszt

Business Angel

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Antje Leminsky

Board member


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Dr. Oliver Mauss

Investor, Mentor

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Christian Roth

Executive Director LEA Partners GmbH

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Matthias Schürer

Brauerbund Baden-Württemberg

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Ralph Suikat

Founder Fairantwortung gAG, Business Angel, Investor

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Prof. Dr. Orestis Terzidis

EnTechnon (KIT)

Intensive Accelerator-Programme

[Translate to Englisch:] Startup-workshop-karlsruhe-cyberlab

Intensive Accelerator-Programme

Preceding the CyberLab, the Prelab is a four-week intensive training for startups. Together with experienced mentors we analyse your business concept. Thereby, we aim to help you minimize risks and sharpen your market alignment.  

More about Prelab

IT-Security Lab
Accelerator for IT-Security Startups

[Translate to Englisch:] Startup-It_Security-cyberlab-karlsruhe

IT-Security Lab
Accelerator for IT-Security Startups

The IT Security Lab offers startups in the IT security sector ideal conditions for bringing their business idea to marketability.

 Still working on your business concept? Then you can participate in our IT-Security PreLab, a four-week intensive training programme.

 Your business model is well-elaborated and you want to get off the ground? Apply for IT Security Lab and benefit from support that really fits your needs for up to 12 months.

 The IT Security Lab offers perfect especially for startups in the IT security sector.  

More about IT-Security Lab

Our Teams in CyberLab

Let´s go! Apply now for the CyberLab. 


Startups from the high-tech, IT, software and Internet industries whose business model has above-average potential can apply. It is also decisive that the founding team is highly committed to the cause and convinces with a passionate appearance.

CyberLab Application 

Are you interested in moving into the CyberLab? Then fill out the contact form below and apply for our IT Accelerator. We will then contact you and check whether you meet the criteria in an interview. Afterwards, a pitch in front of our jury will decide whether you will be accepted into the CyberLab.

Bewerbungsformular CyberLab

Pitch deck or Onepager (if available)
Data protection

By sending us your data, you declare your consent that we may process it to the extent specified in our data protection information (see contact form and e-mail contact) for the purpose of processing your enquiry and contact you via the same communication channel. You will find further information on this in our data protection information.

In addition, we process the data on the basis of justified interest. We delete the data when your request is finally settled, your consent is revoked or you effectively object to the further processing of your data by us.

You will find further information on this in ourdata protection information.

Here you will find us:

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Here you will find us:

Arrival by car  

If you are arriving via the A5 or A8, take the Karlsruhe-Durlach exit. Drive along Durlacher Allee towards the city centre until you reach Ostring. Follow the Ostring to the intersection Haid-und-Neu-Straße. Turn left into Haid-und-Neu-Straße and follow the road until you reach Hoepfner-Burg. 

Arrival by public transport

The best way to reach the CyberForum from the main station is to take line 4 (direction Waldstadt). 

CyberForum e.V.
Haid-und-Neu-Straße 18
76131 Karlsruhe
T 0721.602 897-0
F 0721.602 897-99
Opening hours:from Monday untill Thursday between 8:00 and 17:00 hrs. Friday between 8:00 and 15:00 hrs.

E-mail: info(at)  

Funding and cooperation 




Wolfgang Grenke
Vice Chairman of the Board Grenke AG


Dr. Friedrich Georg Hoepfner
Executive Director Hoepfner Strategie

European Regional Development Fund (ERDF)   

The construction of the CyberLab Accelerator infrastructure is supported by the European Union, the State of Baden-Württemberg and the City of Karlsruhe within the framework of the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) - Operational Programme Baden-Württemberg 2014-2020 "Innovation and Energy Turnaround".
The construction of the Accelerator creates the conditions for a state-wide centre for ICT startups, which will be visible as a beacon beyond the borders of Baden-Württemberg and will have a pulling effect on the best ICT founders and investors. Spin-offs from universities, research institutions and companies will receive comprehensive support in their early stages in the planned building in order to develop and implement marketable business models.
The project creates an attractive offer that opens up Karlsruhe's unique location advantages for a nationwide ICT accelerator in order to support outstanding high-tech founders.

European Social Fund (ESF)  

The ERDF project "CyberLab Accelerator" supports the construction of the premises and the ESF project "CyberLab Baden-Württemberg" supports the qualification of founders as entrepreneurs:
The CyberLab BW consists of a construction kit with qualification modules. The first modules are aimed at startups in the experimentation and discovery phase and support them with so-called "Pre-Labs", in which startups work on their startup projects in thematic areas - for example, the targeted market or the technologies used. They are supported in this by mentors.
In the CyberLab, the startups then experience a twelve-month "acceleration programme" that prepares them for market entry. Mentoring is intensified and individualised, and the founders are supported by internal coaches who themselves have startup experience. In addition, the startups have contact persons at the 40-headed CyberForum team for topics such as marketing and sales, human resources, support programmes, internationalisation and networking. The topic of financing will also be dealt with in greater depth in the CyberLab: The startups gain access to funding projects and to the investor network of the CyberForum.