IT-Security PreLab: the accelerator for IT security startups

You are at least two people working on a scalable digital business model in the field of IT security ? With the IT-Security PreLab we offer your start-up an intensive 5-day training: We take a close look at your business model and analyse your business together with experts and experienced mentors. We help you to minimize risks and work together with you on a consistent orientation on the market. The IT-Security PreLab is the optimal preparation for the IT-Security Lab and the qualification for up to 200.000 € from the Startup BW Pre-Seed Program! 


Get ready to take off and apply now!

The event is expected to take place online. Further information will follow shortly!


Ready? Go!

Day 1:

Welcome to the PreLab! You are here because you want to start a business - therefore we clarify at the beginning what it takes to be an entrepreneur and how we can support you. Afterwards it is time to pitch, network and get to know the other PreLab teams.  

Toolbox & Mentoring

Day 2:

Today we define your target group and your value proposition. We will not only give you the most necessary tools - you will get a whole toolbox. Value Proposition Canvas, Lean Startup and User Testing: You will get to know methods and models that will help you save money and time on your journey - including valuable mentoring from experienced entrepreneurs from the CyberForum network. 

Business Model & Financial Planning

Day 3:

After all teams presented their learnings of the week, we will look at alternative business models for your Startup. Moreover, we challenge your financial planning in order to find out whether your startup is going through the roof with grants, business angels or bootstrapping. On this day we will also clarify all legal questions relevant to your startup. 

Marktanalysis & Prototyping

Day 4:

Today it's all about competition analysis, market sizes and prototyping. Before the second mentoring session you will work hands-on on your product and get to know methods of user testing. This way you can get optimal feedback from your target group regardless of your stage of development. 

A-Team & 
Pitch Perfect

Day 5:

Never without my team - that also applies to your Startup. On the last day we will deal with a team management system that helps you to uncover your strengths and weaknesses and to create a common understanding for your corporate culture.
Last but not least the stage is yours: At the Progress-Pitch you face the PreLab-Jury, which consists of CyberLab founders. If you convince the PreLab jury and meet the discussed criteria, you will have the opportunity to present yourself to the advisory board of the CyberLab and  get one of the desirable places in the IT Accelerator of the state of Baden-Württemberg. 

Your cup of tea?
Who should apply for IT-Security Lab?

[Translate to Englisch:] Startup-Accelerator-Cyberlab-karlsruhe

Your cup of tea?
Who should apply for IT-Security Lab?

What does IT security mean and which startups can apply for the IT-Security PreLab?

Our definition of IT security is rather broad. We welcome applications from teams working in a variety of industries, from telecommunications to retail, energy, fintech and digital media, to health services.

We're looking for startups in areas such as IoT, data protection, blockchain, cryptographic security, compliance, insurance infrastructure, robotics, big data, behavioral analytics, cloud security, and more. Basically: all those startups who want to contribute with a focus on IT security to support our digital economy!

Problem & Solution

By identifying alternative business models and target groups, we focus on your best solution.

Opportunities & Risks

By simulating all kinds of cases, we help you always to take the right decisions.

Business Model

Together with experienced mentors, we specify and refine your business model.


After four weeks you are ready for the progress pitch – your chance to enter the CyberLab!

Apply now!

Are you interested to join us for the next IT-Security PreLab? Do you have any questions? Do not hesitate to contact us.


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The IT-Security Lab:
12 months to get started

[Translate to Englisch:] Startup-IT-Security-Cyberlab-karlsruhe

The IT-Security Lab:
12 months to get started

The IT Security Lab is an accelerator program especially for startups in the IT security sector.

Startups with a business model in the IT security sector can apply for IT Security Lab all year round. If our jury approves your application, you can benefit from an intensive programme for up to 12 months: experienced entrepreneurs and IT security experts are available as business mentors. Furthermore, you have the advantage of using the infrastructure and workspace at CyberLab 

Bild: Markus Hennig
Markus Hennig

Executive Board

Agile Partners GmbH

Bild: Ralf Haubrich
Ralf Haubrich

Executive Board

Riverbed Technology Labs GmbH

This is our board of advisors and mentors:

Benefit from the know-how of our experienced board members – in our IT Security Security Accelerator program, startups will be provided with experienced entrepreneurs and experts from the IT security sector; Markus Hennig, co-founder of Astaro AG (now Sophos Ltd) and OCEDO GmbH (now Riverbed) and Ralf Haubrich, who also worked in these companies and developed national and international sales. In addition, he co-developed Apligo GmbH as the leading specialist for OEM appliances in the field of IT security.

With these two entrepreneurs, the IT Security Lab has been able to attract proven experts as honorary business advisors who can provide intensive coaching and support to startups. Both are familiar with the international and national IT security industry, as well as being well connected and having excellent entrepreneurial and sales know-how.

Bild: Daniel Karszt
Daniel Karszt

Head of CyberLab

+49 721.602 897-31

Bild: Michel Yammine
Michel Yammine

Startup Consultant

+49 721.602 897-611

The IT Security Lab is carried out in cooperation with the Competence Center for Applied Security Technology (KASTEL). 

The project "IT-SecurityLAB BW" is funded by the Ministry of the Interior, Digitisation and Migration Baden-Württemberg within the context of the digitization strategy “digital@bw”.
Consumer protection, privacy and cybersecurity are the foundation of a digital world. These are therefore a central cross-cutting task in the digitization strategy for the state government.