July 2nd, 2024, PHOENIX group, Mannheim

Symposium and finale of the German Startup Cup for Cybersecurity + AI & Software

Impressions 2023

Selection of speakers & participants 2023

Dr. Andreas Nauerz

Member of the Board | CTO & Executive Vice President | Chief Expert Distributed & Cloud Computing - Bosch Digital

Julia Stumpenhagen

Solution Architect Digitalization - SVA System Vertrieb Alexander GmbH

Daniel Hofmann

Chief Information Security Officer - PHOENIX group

Dr. Markus Miettinen

Department of Computer Science (System Security) - TU Darmstadt

Tony Polakel

Member of the Management Board - ENERGY4U GmbH - An Atos Worldgrid Company

Isabella Rieger

Head of Sales & Business Development Test - Q_PERIOR AG

Stefan Karg

Team Lead Rail Security - Informatik Consulting Systems GmbH

Maximilian Wolf

Head of Startups & Entrepreneurship - CISPA Helmholtz Center for Information Security

Prof. Dr. Sachar Paulus

Head of Cyber ​​Security program - Mannheim University of Applied Sciences

Prof. Dr. Oliver Hummel

Big Data department & management of the MARS start-up center - Mannheim University of Applied Sciences

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Startup Cup Executive Committee

Discover the expertise of the Startup Cup Executive Committee and get to know the distinguished personalities who drive this competition forward. Meet experienced leaders, innovative thinkers and creative minds who are shaping the future together.

  • Professor Dr. Walter Ch. Zimmerli is a distinguished academic with extensive experience in philosophy and academia. He earned his doctorate and habilitation in philosophy from the Universities of Göttingen and Zurich, respectively.
  • Throughout his career, he has held prestigious positions at various universities, including TU Braunschweig, University of Bamberg, University of Marburg, and Brandenburg University of Technology Cottbus. Additionally, he has served in leadership roles at institutions such as Private Universität Witten Herdecke gGmbH and Volkswagen AG.
  • Zimmerli’s contributions extend beyond academia; he is also involved in initiatives such as the GFFT and is the founding president of the German Startup Cup.

Prof. Dr. Walter Ch. Zimmerli, President of the German Startup Cup

  • As former Director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering (IAO) and, above all, as President of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft from 2002-2012, Professor Dr. Hans-Jörg Bullinger has done more than almost anyone else to promote innovation in Germany.
  • Bullinger obtained his doctorate in 1974 and habilitated at the Institute for Industrial Production and Factory Management in 1978.
  • From 1975, he was head of corporate planning at the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation (IPA). In 1980, he became a professor at the University of Hagen and received an honorary doctorate from the University of Belgrade in 1991.
  • As co-founder, he headed the Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering (IAO) and the Institute for Industrial Engineering and Technology Management (IAT) at the University of Stuttgart from 1981 to 2002.

Prof. Dr. Hans-Jörg Bullinger​, Former President of the Fraunhofer Gesellschaft

  • Professor Dr. Antonio Krüger is CEO and Scientific Director of the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence GmbH (DFKI) and heads the „Cognitive Assistants“ department at DFKI.
  • A full professor of computer science at Saarland University since 2009, he is also head of the Ubiquitous Media Technology Lab and scientific director of the Innovative Retail Laboratory (IRL) at DFKI.
  • As an internationally recognized expert in human-machine interaction and artificial intelligence, Krüger founded the Media Informatics study program at Saarland University in 2010 and is still its director today.
  • Prior to his current positions, he was Professor of Computer Science and Geoinformatics at the University of Münster from 2004 to 2009 and served as Managing Director of the Institute for Geoinformatics.

Prof. Dr. Antonio Krüger​, CEO of the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI)

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Review 2023

In autumn 2022, numerous startups started the new season of the German Startup Cup to pitch for winning the cup. The 2023 live final took place in Mannheim in partnership with PHOENIX group, where the trophy was awarded in front of industry representatives from industry and science as well as an expert jury as part of a symposium.

Take a look at the winners of the German Startup Cup and the expert jury!