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Hessian Israel Partnership Accelerator

HIPA is organized by Fraunhofer SIT in Darmstadt and the Cybersecurity center at the Hebrew Univerity of Jerusalem and connects one of Europe‘s leading research locations with Israel‘s vibrant start-up scene. HIPA is addressing students of computer science and engineering, and brings together top cybersecurity talents from Israel and Germany. German and Israeli participants will jointly work on cutting edge cybersecurity projects focussing on network technologies, internet infrastructure, software security or other interesting topics.

The program starts with one week of entrepreneurship training and technology lectures in Jerusalem, Israel, that lays the foundation for two months of targeted development. The results are reviewed and finalized in one week of applied technology training in the Digital City of Darmstadt, Germany's official Cybersecurity Hub and home of a unique entrepreneurship eco system close to the Republic's biggest software companies and Frankfurt's financial district. The results will be presented at a cybersecurity conference in front of enterprise and government representatives in Berlin.

What does a program run look like?

Phase 1 / Kick-off (29.10.2017 – 2.11.2017)

  • Introduction of challenges
  • Entrepreneurship 101
  • Intercultural team building

Phase 2 / Virtual Incubation (2 months)

  • Technical development
  • Remote coaching

Phase 3 / Final event (2.1.2018 – 8.1.2018)

  • Industry lectures
  • Project finalisation
  • Final presentation

Organized by


Supported by



Prof. Dr. Michael Waidner and
Consul General of Israel Dr. Dan Shaham