Ruhr-Israel Cyber Activator

Update: Ruhr-Israel Cyber Activator postponed

With the increasing spread of the corona virus, security measures have also become more stringent in Germany and Israel. Recently, entry from Germany, France, Austria, Spain and Switzerland has been prohibited indefinitely for non-Israeli nationals. Israelis returning from these countries must undergo a 14-day home quarantine.
This situation also affect the Ruhr-Israel Cyber Activator and makes it necessary to postpone the project and the kick-off week in Essen scheduled for the end of March. Likewise, the final pitch session in Israel cannot be held as planned in early June. The project will therefore be postponed by six months. The Business Metropole Ruhr and the participating partners will agree on a new date.

Concept of Ruhr-Israel Cyber Activator

The Ruhr-Israel Cyber Activator is a unique programme in the scope of the Innovation Bridge Israel, promoting open innovation through tailored solutions to the challenges facing established companies in the Ruhr Metropolis.

Companies from the Ruhr Metropolis present actual cyber challenges for the teams – comprising German and Israeli students from the field
IT-security – who develop solutions to these. The challenges come from companies in areas such as healthcare / medtech, media, smart city, logistics or Industry 4.0.

The Challenges

Program Structure

Businesspeople and students from the Ruhr Metropolis and Israel form international teams and participate in an eleven-week programme, consisting of a kick-off workshop, a virtual co-operation stage and a pitch session to the companies. The teams are supported throughout the programme by highly-qualified mentors, in order to find tailored solutions for the challenges proposed by the companies.

The benefit

•    Integration of innovative, tailored solutions into the product/service portfolio of the company
•    Examination of business models and ideas by a team of motivated students and companies
•    Potential foundation stone laying for an innovative start-up
•    Intercultural exchange and familiarisation with the innovative specialists of tomorrow
•    Reviews and feedback from experienced mentors and start-up specialists from Israel and Germany
•    Growing Network of Innovation Bridge Israel

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