Cyber Valley startet KI Inkubator

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Cyber Valley, Europe’s leading center for excellence in advanced AI and robotics, is launching the AI Incubator, an artificial intelligence (AI) start-up program. The AI Incubator is funded by the Carl-Zeiss-Stiftung and supported by the partners of the Cyber Valley ecosystem.

Incubators are programs that help people interested in founding their own company. The AI Incubator offers students and scientists the opportunity to develop ideas for a start-up from their AI research, put the ideas into practice and start their own successful AI business.

Target group

The program is aimed at students, PhDs and scientists from the Cyber Valley ecosystem as well as interested individuals who focus on research, development and application of artificial intelligence and robotics. Applicants need to be enrolled in Baden-Württemberg or at ETH Zurich. Having your own team or idea is not a prerequisite and can be developed together during the course of the program.

Dates and contents

The program will start on June 7, 2023. Experienced entrepreneurs and start-up coaches will supervise the participants over a period of six weeks. One full-day workshop will be held per week, for example on topics such as deep tech market research, financing, and AI regulation. The workshops, mentoring sessions and the pitch event on July 10, 2023 at the end of the AI Incubator, will give the participants access to the world-class facilities and resources of the Cyber Valley Partners. A shuttle will transport participants to each workshop location.

Application and further information

Interested applicants can apply for the AI Incubator 2023 with their CV and a letter of motivation until May 21, 2023. Further information on the requirements, the application process and the content of the one-day workshops is available on the website

„The AI Incubator offers young, talented scientists an excellent opportunity to benefit from the broad expertise in Cyber Valley and take the next step in shaping the future,“ says Dr. Felix Streiter, Managing Director of the Carl-Zeiss-Stiftung. „We are pleased to be part of this program and thus promote the transfer from cutting-edge research into practice.“

Rebecca Reisch, Cyber Valley GmbH CEO, emphasized the importance of the AI Incubator for the start-up community. “We are proud and grateful to launch the AI Incubator and to add value to our ecosystem thanks to the generous support of the Carl-Zeiss-Stiftung. The program offers researchers a real opportunity to start their own company and network with investors. We want to support them in playing a leading role in shaping the next generation of AI startups made in THE LÄND.”

Further information:The AI Incubator Website


About Cyber Valley:

Cyber Valley is Europe’s leading center for excellence in advanced AI and robotics. Cyber Valley creates a vibrant ecosystem that enables seamless collaboration and rapid exchange between academia, business and society. As an ambassador for entrepreneurship, Cyber Valley’s mission is to strengthen the research, development, and application of intelligent systems, providing a platform for collaboration, resource sharing, and advancement of modern AI and robotics. With a focus on the ethical and societal aspects of AI, Cyber Valley fosters dialogue between society and AI researchers and strives for a future in which the full potential of intelligent systems is used for the benefit of society.

About the Cyber Valley Start-up Network:

With the Start-up Network, Cyber Valley is building and fostering a community of entrepreneurs. As members of the network, start-ups are invited to attend newly created Cyber Valley networking events such as talks, meet-ups, and tech brunches on a regular basis. They are listed on the Cyber Valley website and can use the network’s logo in their communication materials. Network members are required to have a connection to Cyber Valley, for instance by being headquartered in Baden-Württemberg, or by having members or alumni of Cyber Valley partner institutions among their founders. Their activities must be related to the field of intelligent systems. Membership in the Cyber Valley Start-up Network is reviewed once a year to ensure that these requirements continue to be met.


About the Carl-Zeiss-Stiftung:

The Carl-Zeiss-Stiftung’s mission is to create an open environment for scientific breakthroughs. As a partner of excellence in science, it supports basic research as well as applied sciences in the STEM subject areas (science, technology, engineering and mathematics). Founded in 1889 by the physicist and mathematician Ernst Abbe, the Carl-Zeiss-Stiftung is one of the oldest and biggest private science funding institutions in Germany. It is the sole owner of Carl Zeiss AG and SCHOTT AG. Its projects are financed from the dividend distributions of the two foundation companies.