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3 November 2017

Hebrew University and Fraunhofer screen accelerator

The two institutions have chosen 16 cybersecurity teams from Israel and Germany to receive almost three months of training.

Author: Callum Cyrus, reporter

Hebrew University of Jerusalem (HUJ) and Fraunhofer Institute for Secure Information Technology (Fraunhofer SIT) came together yesterday to launch Hessian Israeli Partnership Accelerator for Cybersecurity (Hipa).

Hipa, an Israel-based cybersecurity accelerator, has selected 16 cybersecurity teams from Germany and Israel, though no participants have been named.

The startups will focus on sectors such as network technology, internet infrastructure and software security.

The program is set to last approximately three months, during which participants will receive in-depth instruction in R&D, entrepreneurship and cybersecurity, as well as the opportunity to pitch to a Berlin industry conference in January 2018.

Approximately 200 Israel-based cybersecurity startups generated export turnover of $3bn in 2013, according to the country’s Ministry of Economy and Industry.

Hipa is intended to develop stronger ties between the cybersecurity ecosystems of Israel and Germany. 

In 2015, HUJ and Fraunhofer SIT launched the Fraunhofer Project Centre for Cybersecurity joint operations hub at HUJ to target domains including industry security, critical infrastructure and privacy.

Boris Rhein, the German state minister for Hessen in higher education, research and the arts, said he believed the program would deliver benefits for enterprises and students in both countries.

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