It is certainly all about the money in Frankfurt am Main and Darmstadt. That is why they combine their strengths within the financial sector with expertise from the field of cybersecurity. The aim is to further expand infrastructures in the fintech and IT security sectors and raise awareness of the subject among companies across different industries.
The Digital Hubs in the Frankfurt am Main and Darmstadt region work on solutions and new infrastructures for the financial market and in the area of cybersecurity. Both locations boast an internationally renowned university network and count established partners from the fintech, insurtech, legaltech and regtech sectors as well as companies with a focus on IT and software as part of their community.
The Digital Hub Frankfurt connects players from the financial sector with the start-up scene. The community in the TechQuartier, the heart of the Hub, consists of more than 700 start-ups, 50 academic and entrepreneurial innovators and hundreds of potential business founders. As a cross-industry innovation platform, the TechQuartier brings start-ups, scale-ups, investors, companies and young talent together to advance technologies and digital solutions.The Hub's programmes include mentoring and educational components, pitch events and workshops. The aim of the latter is to break down entrenched patterns of thought and develop a new digital understanding – for technology trends such as artificial intelligence, blockchain or sustainable finance, for example. This creates a suitable environment for research and development.
Faces behind the Hub
Dr. Peter Neu
Dr. Sebastian Schäfer
Head of Marketing & Communications
Chief of Operations
Chief Innovation & People Office
Commissioned by the Deutsche Börse Group, the start-up JoS QUANTUM GmbH has developed a quantum algorithm aimed at tackling existing challenges associated with the calculation of business risk models. JoS QUANTUM is a TechQuartier member and the Deutsche Börse Group is one of the TechQuartier's institutional partners.
Spotixx provides fully automated new detection models for fraud and money laundering monitoring. The start-up from the TechQuartier community makes state-of-the-art, complex machine learning processes tangible by providing interpretable rule sets that can be integrated into any existing monitoring system. They are high-performance in execution, guarantee high detection rates with low false-positive rates and can be updated fully automatically at any time.
The Green Transformation Incubator: green innovations for the finance and real estate sector
In this programme, start-ups with sustainable solutions for the financial and real estate sector in the early growth phase meet forward-thinking minds who pave the way for them professionally and personally on the path to financing and beyond. The programme offers exclusive workshops and masterclasses on topics such as sustainable banking, ESG management and green real estate.
Growth Alliance: Next Generation AgriFood
The Growth Alliance is a joint initiative of TechQuartier and Landwirtschaftliche Rentenbank on behalf of the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture. Through specialised programmes and partnerships with business, science and politics, we support founders from idea generation to scaling in the development of sustainable solutions for agriculture and farming. The annual programmes in the Growth Alliance are the Idea Camp, the Start-up Bootcamp and the Accelerator Programme.
The Digital Hub Darmstadt is a project of the National Research Center for Applied Cybersecurity ATHENE. ATHENE is a centre of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft in cooperation with the two institutes Fraunhofer SIT and Fraunhofer IGD, the TU Darmstadt and the University of Applied Sciences Darmstadt Germany's leading innovation community for cybersecurity start-ups has formed around ATHENE. The Hub particularly supports the transfer from research through various spin-off formats. In addition to targeted programmes, there is a focus on networking between companies, research, investors, founders and other stakeholders, as well as the visibility of the national cybersecurity ecosystem.
IT-Seal is a Darmstadt-based start-up for security awareness training founded in 2016. The human factor often plays a decisive role in cyber attacks. IT-Seal's solution aims to train employees based on key figures and in line with their needs, thus creating a sustainable security culture. The basis for making a security culture measurable in a standardised way emerged from research at the SECUSO chair (TU Darmstadt).
LocateRisk is a specialist for non-invasive IT security analyses and monitoring based in Darmstadt. Founded in 2020, the company offers a cybersecurity intelligence platform with which organisations can automatically assess and prove the security of their IT landscape and that of third-party companies. LocateRisk is supported by the StartUpSecure I ATHENE start-up incubator and the StartUpSecure funding programme. In addition, there is a close exchange with experts from Fraunhofer SIT and TU Darmstadt.
StartUpSecure ATHENE Booster
The Booster is an accelerator developed as part of the StartUpSecure ATHENE activities. StartUpSecure ATHENE is a BMBF-funded programme that promotes the creation of cybersecurity start-ups, especially from the research community. Booster was tailored by the ATHENE StartUpSecure team to the requirements of cybersecurity start-ups.
German-Israeli Partnership Accelerator
The German-Israeli Partnership Accelerator organised by Fraunhofer SIT offers master's students and computer science graduates the opportunity to develop new IT security solutions and build entrepreneurial skills in mixed German-Israeli teams based on real challenges. Each run is supported by large companies that also co-develop the challenges.