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DB Accelerator

Digital with the Deutsche Bahn

Breakthrough for innovation and new business models

New technologies are driving not only the further digitization of the core business of railway, but also pave the way for new business models. This can be seen in the mobility market as in hardly anyone else. In order to create a digital ecosystem, which provides a breeding ground for innovation and the inventors and creators behind it, Deutsche Bahn relies on cooperation with start-ups.

Since 2015, DB Accelerator has been the focus of start-up funding. Young entrepreneurs, who have a concrete improvement for railway customers in mind, are supported for three months by mentoring and coaching, jobs in the DB mindbox and 25,000 Euro starting money. The DBorkboxing space DB in Berlin is the central start-up station of Deutsche Bahn. There, founders and developers find the necessary degrees of freedom - as well as access to data, markets, customers and other networks of the DB - in short: ideal conditions to realize their idea. With around 30 start-ups, new products are already being developed or developed into the market mindset, which makes train travel more attractive.

With the US start-up investor Plug and Play, DB has also initiated the open innovation platform BEYOND1435 to promote mobility innovations off the rails. In 2018 DB will launch the Group-wide Intrapreneurship program under the umbrella of BEYOND1435. Employees receive the tools to develop their digital business model without entrepreneurial risk.

Deutsche Bahn Digital Ventures GmbH specifically supports new data-based business models through minority interests in external or internal start-ups. The DB Digital Ventures portfolio now includes CleverShuttle, Qixxit, what3words, ConnectedSignals and Talixo.