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Deutsche Bahn is constantly dealing with complex problems in multiple fields, and we're asking for your helpWhat's in it for you? As a big player, we can help you open new markets!

260 ICE trains and 132 million passengers in 2015 
5,400 train stations and retail space of 1 million m2
12 million passengers  a day in trains and buses in Europe
Shared mobility: 8,500 bikes & 2,800 cars for flexible use
5th biggest energy supplier and biggest energy consumer in Germany
Largest railway infrastructure network in Europe: 33,300 km, 40,000 train trips a day
300 million tons goods transported by train a year
70,000 switches and 3,090 railway control centers
Integrated logistics services at over 2,000 locations in more than 140 countries 

DB pushes digitalization

2014 Deutsche Bahn started a digitalization program with six 4.0 initiatives following the structure of our organisation(logistic, mobility, infrastructure, production, IT and working environment). The outcome of this initiatives were our labs: d.labSkydeck and DB mindbox, invest in startups  as well as new projects and new products.

Since 2017 DB pushes digitalization in three fields to 

1.) optimize the interface to our customers,

2.) enhance internal support processes for mobility, logistic and infrastructure services and

3.) build up new data based business models. 

Until 2019 Deutsche Bahn will invest up to 1 billion Euro in projects supporting the digitalization of DB and holds ready up to 100 million Euro venture capital to invest in startups and incorporation activities

The DB Accelerator of DB mindbox will help to find promising startups to cooperate with and to allow DB business units to prove the concepts of the innovative founders. With the help of Plug & Play the international outreach of the DB Accelerator will rise. The DB unit Deutsche Bahn Digital Ventures GmbH will evaluate and support startups to decide about an equity particiation of Deutsche Bahn. Find more information about DB digital activities here.

The team

Here at DB mindbox, we work as a team to improve Deutsche Bahn services through digitalization and innovation. We also support startups through our DB Accelerator, hackers through our Hackathon, and contributors to the DB Challenge.

Anne Hauptmann


Fanny Schröter

Fanny Schröter


Frank Wolter

Frank Wolter


Friedrich Hedtrich


Julia Franke

Julia Franke


Onno Szillis

Onno Szillis


Sebastian Sooth

Sebastian Sooth


Stefanie Ackermann


Sven Drähn


Sven Lücke

Sven Lücke


Svetlana Drümmer

Svetlana Drümmer (parental leave)


The Location

We know that innovative thinking requires an inspiring working space. The DB mindbox is located in the S-Bahn-Station Jannowitzbrücke in Berlin in three arches under the track. Here we have over 700 square meters for working, meetings, and events. DB mindbox is a lab where we facilitate innovations for the world of mobility, logistics and railway infrastructure.

Our programs:

We embrace fresh ideas and creative solutions. That's why we set up a whole program to tackle problems with style.

DB Accelerator

DB Challenges

DB OpenData