Next to world-class research and education, the transfer of scientific results into marketable products and services is the third pillar on which the Research Department IT Security is built. An important prerequisite for this is the cooperation network of more than 130 partners all over the world - from public authorities to specialized companies and global firms.
Since its founding, HGI has supported 16 spinn-offs, putting it in first place in Germany in the field of IT security. In addition, our spin-offs are extraordinarily successful. The first generation of start-ups - zynamics, ESCRYPT, Sirrix and isits - have been acquired by big companies like Google, Bosch, Rohde & Schwarz and TÜV Rheinland. HGI´s unique ecosystem of top quality research, close industry contacts and a large pool of well trained students with an entrepreneurial spirit promotes the development of highly innovative ideas at HGI.
Start-ups have been founded by students, doctoral researchers or professors of HGI with technologies based on research undertaken at HGI. The start-up incubator Cube 5 supports and accompanies IT security entrepreneurs in three phases: From supporting teams in their ideation stage, to matching founders with technology development experts and finally by equipping entrepreneurs with the necessary skills to scale their business model and leading a company.
Cube 5 - Creating Security supports the HGI services in the field of technology transfer since 2018. As a start-up incubator, Cube 5 supports young entrepreneurs and start-ups in the field of IT Security in various stages: students and scientists are supported in the development of ideas and technologies; business know-how is offered and coaches support teams to set up a company.
Professional help is given to the teams by technology and business experts within the Cube 5 partner network.
With regular events, Cube 5 promotes the exchange and qualification of young entrepreneurs. While some input is part of the bachelor and master curriculum most of the events that are based on the demands of students and PhD students are additional offers at HGI. The project is supported by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).
The goal of the IT Security Pitch Day is to link start-ups with and companies and venture capital firms. The first IT security Pitch Day was held in 2016 with 150 participants and 6 start-up pitches. Since then, the event has been taking place annually with an increasing number of participants.
At the Pitch Day, teams of founders from the IT security sector will present their business models to investors, potential customers and people interested in founding a company.
Professional input and networking opportunities with investors, technology partners and potential members extend the event offer.
The HGI has led the nrw.unITS IT security network since 2012, with support from eco - Association of the Internet Industry, networker NRW and the Institute for Internet Security if(is) at the Westphalian University of Applied Sciences. The network provides a platform for a variety of parties active in IT security in North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) and currently has some 130 members who represent industry, academia and professional associations. Close cooperation between the university and industry ensures a productive relationship between application-oriented world-class research and action-oriented entrepreneurial spirit. Joint projects, events, research groups and a wide variety of other activities promote cooperative and collaborative relationships within the IT security sector in NRW and raise awareness about the subject in other sectors. Membership in nrw.unITS is free of charge.