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.
Connected to thousands.
We open doors. At CyberLab, you are part of a community of startups from which you can learn. Here you are surrounded by founders who face or already overcame the same kind of challenges you deal with. As part of the CyberForum network, you are connected to thousands: 250 Business Angels and venture capitalists, 150 mentors, and more than 1,200 businesses from the digital economy. In this sense, we provide you the link to potential investors, pilot customers, cooperation partners and a unique wealth of knowledge offered by experienced entrepreneurs.
there for you on all matters.
A support that really fits your needs – that’s really important to us. When your startup is part of CyberLab, you are supported by a personal coach. Together you will develop a milestone plan as well as a coaching programme that suits you and your demands.
Tailored experience and guidance.
We know that you can do well without many bitter lessons. That is why we want you to learn from the experiences of others. We work together with more than 150 experienced entrepreneurs who are ready to guide you as mentors. In order to be sure that you’ll get who you need, we’ll work on a perfect match, and guess what? The mentoring sessions are free of charge.
More than four walls and a roof.
Starting up your business is hard work in its own right. When you are part of CyberLab you have to provide your own equipment. However, you won’t have to order office supplies or grapple with your provider’s customer service. We offer you the full package – from coffee to fiber-optic cable. You’ll be able to enjoy modern workplaces in a castle at the heart of Karlsruhe’s IT-sector. From 69 € per month. What else could your heart desire?
Smart money for
The CyberLab has access to over 250 investors who support in the first investment rounds.
From entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs.
At the CyberLab, the best IT and high-tech founders work together and support each other. Each team invests in and benefits from our start-up community.
expertise is your next-door-neighbor
We are convinced that there is only one thing you should focus on: getting your startup off the ground. CyberForum’s team provides you with about 50 experts that can help you with that. No matter if you need HR or Marketing support – you’ll find your go-to guys for all your questions.
Team and advisory board
Berres Strategy Consulting
HighTech - HighTouch
Rank Me Up GmbH
Executive Director SWK Novatec GmbH
Agile Partners GmbH
Honorary Chairman CyberForum e.V.
Chairman of the board
CEO Kizoo Technology Capital GmbH
CAS Software AG
Executive Director LEA Partners GmbH
Founder Fairantwortung gAG, Business Angel, Investor
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.
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.
Our Teams in CyberLab
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The trend of our Generation Y/Z is to live in shared apartments, because we move more often, don't want to live alone and rents are rising steadily. To feel comfortable it is important that we share our apartment with like-minded people, who fit us the best. However, until now it was a real struggle to find the right people to live with!
With Nestyu, you can find your perfect roommates worldwide, safe and as easy as possible. We offer you a hassle-free package from matching you with the perfect roommates to online contract signing.
Secured mobile B2B messaging with Blockchain based smart contracting. Made and hosted in Germany. The BLACKPIN App allows secured communication in a completely encrypted and closed environment. BLACKPIN Members can communicate with each other, exchange files which can be stored for 15 years. Our mobile Messenger allows smart asynchronous Communication with colleagues, clients and business partners. The messenger is programed by a complete encryption according to AES256 standard and the archiving of the files is based on the highest certified medical standards in Germany. All files are stored in Germany. 15 years of experience in medical file encryption gained by our partner Telepaxx making BLACKPIN the most secure app on the market. The medical and banking industry require the highest security standards, that´s why they are our main target group. Not forgetting of course other companies and organizations who has the need of protected mobile communication.
We, the Kamedi GmbH, are developing the heat_it, which uses concentrated heat to treat mosquito and insect bites. Plug the heat_it into your smartphone and choose the right settings for you in the app. Then press the heat_it onto the affected skin region and you will find relief from itching and swelling within seconds. The heat_it fits in every pocket and uses only around 0.2% of your smartphone's battery per treatment. Interested? Follow us and we will keep you in the loop!
New methods of artificial intelligence (AI) will fundamentally change the way engineering software works. With the help of AI-based, application-specific applications, many engineering questions (How safe is my car? How hot will my computer get? How expensive is my injection molded part?) can be answered efficiently. This enables engineers not only to develop better products faster, but also to develop new business models in the field of digitized services. The Renumics platform enables experienced engineers to create such AI-based engineering applications and services and make them available to their colleagues and customers.
Business-Coaching is expensive and time consuming. Therefore only employees in middle or upper management levels get access to business-coaching through their employers. With our web-based self coaching app we enable employers to offer coaching to all employees guaranteeing the same quality standards for all any time offering transparent cost structures. The users are guided through different solution-oriented coaching processes and tools depending on their overall topic. They are working on their personal solution and are defining and sheduling next steps. Thanks to an overall coaching availability within the company we not only support modern work approaches, grow employee satisfaction and motivation but can also offer a tool to prevent employee fluctuation.
inlyse protects companies from malware and cyber attacks with the help of artificial intelligence. Through revolutionary image recognition mechanisms and self-learning neural networks, even the latest and most dangerous cyber threats can be identified and fended off. Using plug-ins, organizations can easily integrate this cloud-based technology into their IT infrastructure without expert knowledge to close critical vulnerabilities. With this unique solution, inlyse is the first company ever to offer easy-to-use, enterprise quality IT security.
Decreasing margins in the retail sector are leading to a necessary reorientation as a customer-oriented service provider. Appointrix accompanies the retail trade in this reorientation with innovative software that makes the service process as simple as possible. Appointrix offers tailor-made solutions for the retail trade, from the initial determination of requirements to scheduling and successful installation. The services associated with the processing are also supported by the software. Appointrix offers the application completely digitized, so that all parties involved can access relevant information at any time.
40three offers a solution for efficient catalog management. The cloud-based SaaS platform imports data from management applications such as ERP, Excel and other data sources. It enables salespeople, e-commerce managers and marketing to centrally manage product attributes, categories, professional translations, product images and files. Through automation and pipelines created directly via the interface, channels such as Amazon, idealo, Check24, shops, mobile applications and websites can be filled with just a few clicks with optimized product information.
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.
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.
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).
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Opening hours:from Monday untill Thursday between 8:00 and 17:00 hrs. Friday between 8:00 and 15:00 hrs.
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Funding and cooperation
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.