HPI x ESMT Startup Bootcamp - Innovating Cybersecurity

The HPI E-School together with the ESMT Berlin will be hosting the startup bootcamp from November 12 - 14, 2021. During the three-day workshop, business ideas around the topic of "Cybersecurity" will be introduced and then developed and tested by the teams.

The HPI x ESMT Startup Bootcamp - Innovating Cybersecurity is a three-day event hosted by Hasso Plattner Institute Potsdam and ESMT Berlin. We bring together industry experts, thought leaders and universities at the intersection of business and tech to address the grand challenges facing our society. 

This year's event focuses on cybersecurity and is supported by our corporate partner SAP. Whether it's secure working from home, processes in Industry 4.0 or the protection of patient data in healthcare - the topic of cybersecurity is gaining massive importance in the wake of rapidly advancing digitalization. The Corona crisis has further accelerated this process and shown how relevant cybersecurity is not only as an economic factor, but also for our social well-being. Forecasts also predict that the size of the global cybersecurity market will grow to $345.4 billion by 2026. There is an important and promising problem space here, which we would like to address as part of the Startup Bootcamp. To this end, we invite students, alumni, researchers and cybersecurity experts to develop new ideas on cybersecurity in a three-day Startup Bootcamp. 

Interdisciplinary teams will work on real business challenges in the field of cybersecurity, provided by event sponsor SAP. Vali Berlin, the Entrepreneurship Hub of ESMT Berlin and the HPI School of Entrepreneurship will present agile methods inspired by Design Thinking and Lean Startup to address the topic of cybersecurity from an entrepreneurial perspective. Participants get the unique opportunity to work intensively on new business ideas in tech & business teams. Insights into the areas of Idea & Value Proposition, Business Model Development, Prototyping and Pitching and a varied mix of technical inputs and hands-on teamwork make the Bootcamp every year an event where exciting start-up stories can begin. Each team also receives support from experienced cybersecurity experts, team coaches and at the end of the event they get the chance to present their ideas in front of a jury and win prizes!

At the end of the bootcamp, teams can continue to work on their business ideas with the support of the HPI School of Entrepreneurship and Vali Berlin. There is also the opportunity to apply for financial support from the HPI Seed Fund. These downstream offers support the implementation of the business model in the real world.

Apply until Oct 22

If you are interested in participating in our bootcamp, please register with a short application by October 22, 2021. 

Please send your application with the information listed below to Maximilian.Mense[at]hpi.de. We will get back to you regarding your participation no later than 05.11.2021. 

  • Name, email address, field of study
  • Why do you want to participate in the Startup Bootcamp (2-3 sentences)?
  • If you already have a business idea that you would like to develop further during the event, please describe your idea in two sentences. 
  • Optional: T-shirt size, if no size is provided, we will accept an "M" for women and an "L" for men.
  • For HPI-MA students: Are you attending this year's "Startup: From Ideas to Business" lecture?

The Startup Bootcamp is designed for a maximum of 40 participants. We therefore ask for a timely registration. 

The language of the event is English. German language skills are not required.


During the weekend, all teams work on real challenges provided by SAP. These are problems that SAP is actively interested in solving through new entrepreneurial approaches.


Challenge 1 - The Vulnerable Cloud

Challenge 2 - The Incident Navigator

Challenge 3 - The Security2Business Mediator



The business partner for this years bootcamp will be SAP. SAP’s strategy is to help every business run as an intelligent enterprise. As a market leader in enterprise application software, we help companies of all sizes and in all industries run at their best: 77% of the world’s transaction revenue touches an SAP® system. Our machine learning, Internet of Things (IoT), and advanced analytics technologies help turn customers’ businesses into intelligent enterprises. SAP helps give people and organizations deep business insight and fosters collaboration that helps them stay ahead of their competition. For more information, visit www.sap.com.

Vali Berlin - The Entrepreneurship Hub at ESMT

Vali Berlin is the Entrepreneurship Hub at ESMT Berlin. Vali empowers entrepreneurs to create a better future. The vision is to promote responsible entrepreneurship for economic, environmental and social value creation. Vali shapes an entrepreneurial culture, supports entrepreneurs in implementing their business ideas, connects stakeholders, and trains entrepreneurial talent.