The digital cybersecurity hub as part of the Frankfurt / Darmstadt hub
The Frankfurt / Darmstadt digital hub combines two key topics: FinTech and Cybersecurity. They present opportunities with high potential for innovation, new business models and company foundations. Within the hub, Frankfurt stands for FinTech and Darmstadt for Cybersecurity. Both locations cooperate very closely.
The Cybersecurity Focus in Darmstadt
Cybersecurity is the hub topic in Darmstadt. For innovations cybersecurity & privacy play a major role. Especially it is of importance to critical infrastructure, in the financial sector and health care. Supported by IHK Darmstadt and Wissenschaftsstadt Darmstadt, the new start-up center creates spaces for start-ups, providing co-working spaces, seminar rooms, maker spaces and offices. Young companies will find a lively ecosystem in Darmstadt, with excellent research institutes and successful companies from various industries. The Competence Center for Applied Security Technology CAST connects more than 250 companies from all kinds of sectors. More than 450 scientists are working on the challenges of secure digitalization at the Center for Research in Security and Privacy (CRISP), consisting of Fraunhofer SIT, Fraunhofer IGD, TU Darmstadt and Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences. Universities and research institutes actively promote spin-offs. TU Darmstadt participates in the HIGHEST Innovation and Foundation Center, for example.
The FinTech Focus in Frankfurt
TechQuartier (TQ) is a platform for FinTechs in the metropolitan region of Frankfurt. Since December 2016, TQ has been offering a flexible working environment for start-ups and companies in their growth phase on more than 3,200 square meters. With numerous events, tailor-made services and specific programs for talents, start-ups and established companies, TQ is providing an ideal environment for the development of tomorrow’s technologies and business models. TechQuartier enriches the vibrant start-up ecosystem in the Frankfurt Rhine-Main area with its unique community of 60 start-ups, 30 partner companies and various universities, including Aareal Bank, Allen & Overy, Atos & Wordline, Commerzbank, Deutsche Bank, Deutsche Börse, DZ BANK Group, EY, Goethe-Universität, Helaba, ING-DiBa, KPMG, PwC, Sparda-Bank Hesse, Technische Universität (TU) Darmstadt and WIBank for example.