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Hessian Israeli Partnership Accelerator (HIPA)

Opportunity for Israel and Germany Computer Scientists and
Engineers to Participate in a Cybersecurity Incubator Program

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Fraunhofer SIT and Hebrew University of Jerusalem - Cybersecurity Research Center

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Opportunity for Israel and Germany young engineering and computer science graduate students and professionals to participate in an incubator program. The 3-month program is designed to address and develop innovative solutions to cybersecurity issues. Participants will form mixed teams to develop cybersecurity challenges that have been identified by Fraunhofer SIT.

The Fraunhofer Cybersecurity Incubator is part of the Hessian Israeli Partnership Accelerator (HIPA) and is dedicated to foster new security innovations and start-ups. Focused on Cybersecurity and Privacy the program aims to speed up the development of new technological ideas and connect young entrepreneurs with researchers, advisors, customers and influencers. The incubator combines the strong experience of the Cyber nation Israel with 40+ years of Fraunhofer’s successful innovation model. In Europe’s leading hub for applied security research participants will solve real life Cybersecurity challenges from areas like:

- Internet & Cloud security
- Security mechanisms for the Internet of Things, industrial security and embedded systems
- Protection against Advanced Persistant Threats
- Web Security

Entrepreneurs and young professionals from Germany and Israel form mixed teams that address Cybersecurity challenges identified by Fraunhofer SIT. The program starts with an initial week in Jerusalem that introduces the challenges, provides basic entrepreneurship training and sets the stage for 3 months of virtual development. Each team is coached by experienced Fraunhofer-researchers. The program ends with one week in Darmstadt and a final conference day in Berlin.

Participants should plan for extra travel days and be flexible as travel dates may vary according to flight availability.

What does a program run look like?

Phase 1 / Kick-off (1. Apr. - 8. Apr.)
- Introduction of challenges
- Entrepreneurship 101
- Intercultural team building

Phase 2 / Virtual Incubation (9. Apr. - 30. Jun.)
- Technical development
- Remote coaching

Phase 3 / Final event (1. Jul. - 8. Jul.)
- Industry lectures
- Project finalization
- Final presentation

HIPA is looking for the best talents with entrepreneurial spirit and excellence in technology and security. The program provides a unique opportunity for personal and business experience.


- Get free flights to and accommodation in Israel/Germany
- Earn credit points of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem
- Get a certificate from the Fraunhofer SIT
- Meet industry experts and key government people
- Create valuable personal and business relationships
- Acquire priceless cybersecurity expertise
- Receive entrepreneurship training

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 184290

Term of Contract:

The program begins on April 1 and ends on July 8.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Requirements (Israel)

- Master student in last year of studies or recent graduate in computer science or engineering
- Citizen of Israel, or holder of an unrestricted residence permit
- Entrepreneurial mindset
- Team player
- Fluency in English and either German or Hebrew

Requirements (Germany)

- Master student or recent graduate in computer science or engineering
- Citizen of Germany, or holder of a permanent residence permit
- Passport or visa that allows you to enter Israel for the intended purpose
- Fluency in English and either German or Hebrew
- Entrepreneurial mindset
- Team player

Pre-Application Information:

Application Process:

- Application deadline November 30, 2018
- Students need to enroll at the cybersecurity laboratory
- Selection for the program is via skype interview and an application test
- Start of program: First week of April 2019

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How to apply - Applicants from Israel:

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Dr. Haya Shulman
Managing Director
+49 6151 869-505

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International country outside of the USA, Israel and Canada.