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Today will create what will be tomorrow

Open innovation platform with a focus on mobility and logistics

With the US start-up investor Plug and Play, DB has initiated the open innovation platform BEYOND1435 to promote mobility innovations off the rails. Together with industrial and technology partners such as the Alba Group, Siemens AG, Swiss Federal Railways and Bombardier Transportation, BEYOND1435 aims to scale disruptive start-ups that have the potential to delay a comprehensive cross-sectoral development. Through the unique and visionary approach, industry assets and know-how are brought together to work together with world-leading mobility and tech start-ups in the longer term.

In 2018, DB will also launch the Group-wide Intrapreneurship program under the umbrella of BEYOND1435. Employees are given the tools to develop their digital business model without entrepreneurial risk and later to launch it as a well-established start-up. Employees are provided with professional coaches and start-up experts.

Whether external or internal start-ups - Deutsche Bahn Digital Ventures GmbH is specifically promoting new data-based business models through minority interests. By 2019, around 100 million euros of venture capital will be available. In addition to the technology focus on Big Data, Artificial Intelligence and IoT, the main focus is on market change power, the founders show, and their ability to establish future-oriented customer solutions in the three fields of mobility, logistics and smart city broadly.