Cube 5 supports it-security spin-offs at Ruhr-University Bochum. Furthermore new business models are fostered. A special feature is an entrepreneurship education program for it-security students. Professional help is given to teams by technology and business experts within the Cube 5 partner network. Offices for small teams can be offered within the vibrant IT-Security ecosystem of Bochum. The project is sponsored by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research.


Since its founding, the HGI has helped to create 16 start-ups, putting it in first place in Germany in the field of IT security. What’s more, our spin-offs are exceptionally successful. The first generation of start-ups – zynamics, escrypt, Sirrix and isits – have been acquired by large corporate entities such as Google, Bosch, Rohde & Schwarz and TÜV Rheinland. The HGI’s unique environment, combining top-quality research, close contacts with industry partners and a large pool of excellently trained students with an entrepreneurial spirit, encourages the development of exceptionally innovative ideas. We assist young entrepreneurs as they build their company and design their products or services, from their first steps until they are market-ready.

Start-ups have been founded by the HGI’s students, doctoral researchers and professors, with technologies based on research undertaken at the HGI.

Location and network

North Rhine-Westphalia has developed to an international hotspot in it-security in the past years. With over 700 researchers at almost 20 locations and concisely 500 companies in the sector of it-security, it is one of the most important locations in science and economy in Germany. Bochum and the Ruhr area especially contribute to this fact. This ecosystem is an ideal condition for the project plans. Between Bochum, there are also it-security incubators in Saarbrücken, Darmstadt and Karlsruhe.




Cooperation partners from science and economy support the founder as mentors. Events such as steady discussion with the partners, help to establish an it-security ecosystem in and around Bochum.

Informations about events

Here You can find further informations about upcoming events at the HGI and the Cyber Security Incubator...


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