Ruhr-Israel Cyber Activator

Update: Ruhr-Israel Cyber Activator back on track

RICA is back on track! We have decided to plan positively into the future! In the expectation that we have essentially put the difficult situation of the Corona crisis behind us at the end of the year and can meet face to face again with all the necessary rules, there is a new timetable: The kick-off week in the Ruhr Metropolis will take place from 9 to 13 November this year. The pitch week in Israel is planned for January. The selection of participants for the Ruhr-Israel Cyber Activator will be restarted by our partners Tech7 and Cube5.

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.

IT-Security students from Germany and Israel have the chance to apply for one of four challenges.

The four companies and 16 students participating in the RICA programme come together for an intensive kick-off workshop in Essen and Bochum, at which the four challenges are introduced and the individual binational teams formed. In the scope of the opening week the participants - supported by CUBE5, ruhr:HUB and eurobits e.V. - are prepared for the subsequent key stage of virtual co-operation.

The teams develop custom solutions for the challenges of the companies and are supported in this by virtual mentoring and online tools for ideal co-operation.

In the course of a two-day workshop at the Tech 7 in Be'er Scheva all those involved in the RICA programme come together and the student teams present their innovative solutions to the companies.

The students once again have the opportunity to optimise their approaches.

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

Co-operation partner


Your contact person

Daniela Oliel
Project Manager | Internationalisation

Tel.: +49 201 632488-25
Fax: +49 201 632488-99