DB StartupXpress

Über DB StartupXpress

Eine digitalisierte Welt eröffnet Chancen heutige Grenzen zu überwinden und neue Standards zu setzen. Startups ermöglichen es uns, neue Technologien und Geschäftsmodelle rund um die Eisenbahninfrastruktur (Schienennetz, Bahnhöfe, Energieversorgung), Mobilität und Logistik kennenzulernen und zu testen.

Wir suchen durchgehend

innovative Technologien, digitale Anwendungen, vernetzte Materialien und neue Geschäftsmodelle, die das Potenzial haben, die Deutsche Bahn und ihre Geschäftsfelder bei ihrer digitalen Transformation zu unterstützen. Ergänzend fokussieren wir zeitweise spezielle Themen und sammeln die Inputs zu einem Datum.

Euer Nutzen

Wir bieten euch die einzigartige Chance eure Geschäftsideen, Technologien und Produkte direkt mit der DB weiterzuentwickeln und zu testen. Dafür unterstützen wir euch finanziell, mit Coaching und Mentoring, einem Arbeitsplatz in der DB mindbox und dem Zugang zu unserem Netzwerk. Die Deutsche Bahn kann die Entwicklung Deiner speziellen Lösung unterstützen und einer Deiner Kunden werden.

Funding

  • 3-monatiges Programm
  • 25T € ohne Eigenkapitalbeteiligung
  • Arbeitsplätze in der DB mindbox

Know-How

  • Zugang zur Welt der Eisenbahn
  • Zugang zu exklusiven Datensätzen
  • Zugang zu Geschäftsfeldern der DB

Mentoring

  • Eigene Startup Manager
  • Interne und externe Coaches
  • Kooperation mit dem betahaus

Verbessere unsere Welt

Engineering: z. B.: Vorausschauende Wartung unserer Weichen, Energiemanagement
Digitalisierung: z. B.: Echtzeit-Monitoring, Fahrplansimulationen
Business: z. B.: Fahrgast-Services, Transportdienstleistungen

Wir suchen ständig nach Innovationen für unser Unternehmen. Bewerbungen für alle Themen können jederzeit eingereicht werden. Daher läuft da Programm DB StartupXpress regelmäßig. Darüber hinaus gibt es immer auch spezielle Fristen für einzelne Themen. Unsere Fokusthemen sind Logistik, Bautechnik, Marketing, Personal und Instandhaltung. Weitere Informationen zu den Suchfeldern in diesen Themen findest du weiter unten.

Wenn du mehr Informationen über spezielle Deadlines suchst oder dich bereits für eine Bewerbung entschieden hast, klicke hier.

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Maintenance

Smart Infrastructure

We transport over 7,3 Mio. passengers every day over our 33.000 km of tracks. To keep ensuring the safety and availability of our network, we are looking for ideas which will help us to be better informed about our network every time and to maintain it more efficiently.

Real time information

Knowing the status of every component or machine at all times.

Predictive maintenance

Increase the availability of our rail network by avoiding outtages and failures of our assets and machines.

Wayside monitoring

Increase the knowledge about the trains on our network with the help of stationary measuring sites.

Challenge us

You think you can bring the maintenance of our network to the next level? Send us your ideas!

Intelligent Trains

We operate 25.000 passenger train runs of our high speed, regional and commuter trains and 5.000 freight train runs every day. To improve the availability and punctuality of our trains, we are looking for solutions that will help us to maintain our trains more efficiently and to increase the usage of the trains and components.

Real time information

Knowing the status of every component or machine at all times.

Predictive maintenance

Increase the availability of our trains by avoiding failures and unplanned defaults of our components and trains.

Track monitoring

Increase the knowledge about the tracks with the help of sensors on regular trains.

Other Ideas

You think you can increase the availability of our trains? Apply for the DB StartupXpress!

Innovative Workshops

We carry out the maintenance of our trains and wagons almost entirely ourselves. To improve the quality of the work and the ergonomics of our workers, we are looking for solutions to support or assist our workers. In addition we’re looking for ideas, which will bring the operation of our workshops to the next level by improving the schedule of work and the internal logistics.

Work support

Increase the ergonomics of our hard work and help the workers with the right information at the right time and place.

Communication

Reduce the effort to transfer information from one shift to another and between units with modern communication tools.

Logistics

Knowing the location of all components, assets and tools at every time.

Additional solutions

You can bring our maintenance work to the next level? Apply for the DB StartupXpress!

Modern Tools

Digitization can improve our workforce as well as all of our services. We are looking for ideas which will help our workers, create connectivity at all work places, distribute the information between the stakeholders efficiently, train our workers remotely and give guidance to our workers.

AR / VR

Improve the training, export support and communication with new technologies to create modern work places.

Simulation

Create an environment to predict future maintenance and to simulate the effects of changing strategies.

Communication Infrastructure

Improve the connectivity everywhere in our network, workshops, offices with new tools.

Challenge us

You think you can improve DB with modern tools? Send us your ideas!

Video, Image and Sensor Data Analysis

We are already collecting a lot of data and want to expand it in the future so that we know more about our trains and routes. We are looking for solutions which help us to analyse our existing data (video, image, laser, sensor data, …) or combined solutions of sensor and analysis to monitor our tracks, trains, passengers.

Material supervision

Detect the condition of components and trains, measure the status of parts, analyse optical control boards…

Passenger flows

Count the number of passengers, measure the density on platforms and in trains, locate passengers on platforms...

Track / Train condition

Video surveillance of our network and trains. Generate a 3D model of the network and trains!

Challenge us

You can increase the knowledge about DB related topics? Apply for the DB StartupXpress!

Logistics

New Products / Business models

DB Cargo AG - Europe's largest freight railway. With around 4,200 customer sidings in Europe, DB Cargo provides its customers with access to one of the biggest rail networks in the world. We are looking for innovative start-ups that can design new products and business models for DB Cargo.

Market platforms

Expansion of freight exchange platforms for freight trains.

Free capacity exchange

Increase the availability of our rail products for our customer.

New Sales Channels

You think you can bring new sales channels to our network? Send us your ideas!

Logistics-Integrator

Increase the network from rail to other transport sites.

New Services

We operate 5.000 freight train runs every day. To improve the services for our customers, We are looking for innovative start-ups that can improve our overall logistics processes with their innovative hard- and software solutions.

Estimated Time of Arrival

Forecast arrival times for goods and freight trains.

Integration in Supply Chain

Linking with customer systems for continuous digitized processes.

Decision support

Increase the support for decisions by customers and/or DB Cargo Sales teams.

Digital consignment note

Reduction of errors (no more paper-based documentation).

Communication

Key resources are customer relationships, a high level of customer understanding, motivated and well-trained employees along with efficient use of rolling stock and a premium quality infrastructure. In addition we’re looking for ideas, which will bring the communication with our customers a long the customer journey to the next level.

Dashboards

New focused presentation of information for our customers.

Feedback/ Complaint Management

New innovative tools to improve our products through customer feedback.

Track and Trace

Knowing the location and conditions of all goods, assets and tools at every time.

Additional solutions

You can bring our communication processes to the next level? Apply for the DB StartupXpress!

Modern Sales Tools

Digitization can improve our sales processes as well as all of our services. We are looking for ideas which will help our sales teams, create new products, services or channels to new or … customers.

Blockchain

Enhanced supply chain security and increased efficiency.

API

Development of new applications through standardized interfaces.

CRM

Increase customer support and develop new tools for our sales teams.

Big Data

You think you can improve DB with modern tools? Send us your ideas!

HR

Big Data

Data helps us to make the right decisions when it comes to human resources. It can help us to find the right candidate and also to develop the skills of our employees. We provide more than 500 professions and are always looking for the right match between people, jobs or projects.

People Analytics

Improve data driven decision making in recruitment or employee development.

Matching

Develop algorithms and platforms that help us to match persons, projects and jobs. 

Competency management

Support us by assessing and developing individual and collective skills.

Additional solutions

You can bring data to the next level? Apply for the DB StartupXpress!

Engagement Tools

Collaboration is key to success. Therefore we want to enable our employees to collaborate professionally. Digitization can improve the way we work together. We are looking for ideas which will help our employees to distribute the information and knowledge efficiently and communicate in an modern way. 

Feedback and Participation

Improve the communication possibilities to create modern work places.

Digital Learning

Find tools and methods that allow to learn relevant content when needed.

Knowledge Management

Help us to create, share, use and manage the knowledge within DB.

Challenge us

You think you can improve DB with modern engagement tools? Send us your ideas!

Digital Asssitance

Our 300.000 employees have specific and individual needs. We are looking for solutions to support their work and daily challenges. Digital assistance tools can help them to make their work easier and thus to concentrate on  the relevant issues and tasks.  

Health management

Support our employees to retain the physical and mental health.

Time tracking

Measure the time for different activities without the hassle of manual recording.

Workflow Management

Support complex work proceedings with digital tools and hacks.

Additional solutions

You think you can bring digital assistance to the next level? Apply for the DB StartupXpress!

Construction Tech

Smart Planning

Planning phases are the fundament of a successful construction phase and project completion. Due to high complexity of big infrastructure projects, the early phases take time and require high attention to details. We are looking for solutions to avoid planning mistakes which lead to a delayed start of operation and increased costs.

Technical Risk Analysis

Enabling efficient and predictive risk analysis regarding construction ground, environmental protection etc.

Document Management

Collecting relevant information by digital document and content.

Collaboration & Communication

Make stakeholders participate actively in the planning process and provide and share information.

Challenge us

You think you can bring our construction projects to the next level? Send us your ideas!

Project Progress Analysis

DB is in charge of about 800 construction sites operated at the same time. To keep negative impacts on the availability of our network as low as possible, fast and on-time construction progresses are essential. Observation, analysis and visualization of project progress data to forecast impacts caused by any changes are of main interest to us.

Real time monitoring

Knowing the project progress on the construction site any time.

Predictive analysis

Analyzing data to predict construction progress, costs and deadlines.

Data Visualization

Increase the knowledge about the data through mapping and georeferencing.

Other Ideas

You think you can improve our construction progesses? Apply for the DB StartupXpress!

Construction Logistics

Optimizing and speeding up workflows in the construction phase is crucial to an on-time project realization. Therefore we are looking for technologies which allows us to improve our workflow and data management on the construction site.

Workflow Management

Improve collaboration and communication between stakeholders on the construction site.

Data Analysis

Enabling transparency and optimal utilization by recording and evaluating  logistics,  process and quantitative data.

Additional solutions

You can increase the knowledge about DB related topics? Apply for the DB StartupXpress!

Sales and Marketing

Customer Interaction

DB Regio offers regional transport service for over six million passengers each day. Getting in touch with every traveler to create a good customer experience is our aim for modern passenger transport.

Robotics

Integrating robots into customer interaction, e.g. as customer guidance and support or travel information on-site.

Ticketing

Having an easy („two-click-“) access and a safe payment, e.g. with blockchain technologies.

Human Machine Interface

Enabling interaction between customers and passenger transport devices, e.g. voice and image recognition.

Other ideas

You think you can bring sales and marketing to the next level? Send us your ideas!

New Services

Our core business focuses consistently on increased customer orientation and, accordingly, on improving product and service quality, not least through new digital technologies and services.

Navigation

Navigating passengers through their journey using location-based services.

Shopping

Offering mobile shopping solutions for commuters and travellers.

Entertainment

Creating new entertainment offers for train passengers.

Data-based Services

You think you can improve our Regional Trains with new services? Send us your ideas!

Customer Retention

DB’s ability to attract and retain new passengers is related not only to our products or services, but also to the way we service our existing customers. Generating value as a result of utilizing our products and services creates reputation.

Loyalty Programs

Encouraging train passengers/ commuters and rewarding them.

Comparability

Comparing train travel with other means of transport, e.g. regarding time, emissions…

Crowd Based Services

Encouraging consumers to become more like coworkers to take over specific services.

Gamification

Using gamification tools to improve customer engagement, e.g. for marketing campaigns or customer feedback.

Information Management

DB Regio’s core service is to bring millions of passengers in regional transport each day to their desired destination in a punctual, safe, reliable and environmentally friendly way. Help us improving our customer information management by using existing data, specific tools, innovative technologies or smart processes.

Real time information

Knowing the status of every component or machine at all times.

Processing

Simplifying and digitizing processes for having consistent standards, e.g. passenger‘s rights.

Routing

Getting recommendations considering time, capacity and routes.

Analytics

Receiving forecasts by using different data sets and giving advice for disposition.

FAQ

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Was macht den DB StartupXpress besonders und unterscheidet ihn von anderen Startup-Programmen?
  • die direkte Zusammenarbeit mit einem Bereich der DB (gemeinsame Entwicklung eines Prototypen)
  • Top-Level Support des DB Managements
  • eine enge fachliche Betreuung durch Fachexperten der DB
  • starker Support durch Startup Manager der DB mindbox in allen Lebenslagen
  • in den drei Monaten könnt ihr mit Zügen, Schienen und Bahnhöfen arbeiten – wer keine Lust darauf hat, arbeitet mit Bussen, Rollern, Warenlagern, Container oder mit unseren Kunden
Wieso sollte ich mich dafür bewerben?
  • Ihr testet euren Prototypen in der Realität im Bahn-System, also direkt an der Schiene, am Kunden, im Zug, im Bahnhof etc., und zeigt damit, dass Euer Ansatz funktioniert (Proof of Concept) 
  • Aufbau eines Netzwerkes innerhalb der DB, der Bahn-Industrie und darüber hinaus weiteren interessanten Branchen
  • Erschließung eines einzigartigen Absatzmarktes
  • Zusammenarbeit mit Europas größtem Mobilitätsanbieter
  • kostenloser Arbeitsplatz direkt an der sonnigen Spree mit der Möglichkeit direkt aus dem Zug in den Arbeitsplatz zu fallen
  • Anschubfinanzierung von 25.000€ ohne dass wir Equity nehmen
Wie weit muss unser Startup sein, damit eine Bewerbung sinnvoll ist?
  • Ziel des StartupXpress Programms ist es, zu testen, ob Eure Anwendung innerhalb der Deutschen Bahn funktioniert (Proof of Concept)
  • unsere Erfahrung zeigt, dass mindestens ein MVP oder erster Prototyp vorliegen sollte, damit man innerhalb von drei Monaten auch etwas testen kann 
Welche formalen Kriterien müssen wir für eine Teilnahme am Programm erfüllen?
  • Euer Team sollte mindestens aus 2 Personen bestehen
  • Euer Startup muss als Firma gegründet sein
Muss ich mit meinem Team nach Berlin in die DB mindbox ziehen und dort permanent vor Ort sein?
  • unsere Erfahrung zeigt eine hohe Korrelation zwischen regelmäßiger Anwesenheit und Erfolg des Startups
  • für den Erfolg des Pilotprojekts ist eine enge Zusammenarbeit zwischen Startup, DB mindbox und dem Fachbereich essenziell – dies klappt mit einer hohen Anwesenheit regelmäßig besser
  • abhängig vom Fachbereich, mit dem ihr zusammenarbeitet, könnte Euer DB Büro in der DB mindbox oder aber auch beim Fachbereich direkt vor Ort sein
  • uns ist bewusst, dass jedes Unternehmen weitere Kundenkontakte pflegt und deshalb jede Situation individuell besprochen werden muss
Wie geht es nach meiner Bewerbung weiter? Wie läuft die Auswahl?
  • nach der Bewerbung werden die Unterlagen durch das DB mindbox-Team geprüft, ggf. wird um ergänzende Unterlagen gebeten
  • in enger Abstimmung zwischen DB mindbox und den Fachbereichen werden die am besten zu unseren Herausforderungen passenden Teams ausgewählt und zu einem Auswahltag
  • Teams, die nicht ins Programm aufgenommen werden, übernehmen wir in unsere Datenbank, um ggf. später mit diesen Teams zu arbeiten
  • wird Dein Team ausgewählt wird mit der DB mindbox und dem Fachbereich ein Vertrag geschlossen, darin wird u.a. auch geklärt, was Dein Team in den drei Monaten weiterentwickeln und testen soll
  • nach Vertragsschluss erfolg der Einzug in die DB mindbox und das Programm startet
Was passiert im 3-monatigen StartupXpress-Programm?
  • offizielle Einführung in den Bahn-Konzern
  • Coachings durch externe Experten
  • Mentoring durch Top Level Entscheider
  • direkter fachlicher Support durch Experten aus dem Fachbereich
  • Anpassung Eures MVP / Prototypen für den Einsatz in der DB 
  • Präsentation zur Halbzeit (Mid-term) mit Vorstellung Status und nächsten Schritte 
  • Test Eures Prototypen
  • Präsentation vor internen sowie externen Entscheidungsträgern
  • finale Präsentation (Demo Day)
Was passiert nach den drei Monaten?
  • am Ende der drei Monate werden die Ergebnisse präsentiert
  • eine Fortführung der Zusammenarbeit wird angestrebt, ist aber u.a. von einem erfolgreichen Proof of Concept abhängig
  • alle Parteien werden die Ergebnisse des Programms besprechen und treffen eine gemeinsame Entscheidung über das weitere Vorgehen
  • bei Fortsetzung der Zusammenarbeit folgt zumeist eine weitere Optimierung des Prototypen und eine zeitlich & örtlich begrenzte Pilotierung 
  • nach erfolgreicher Pilotierung kann eine Zertifizierung oder Abnahme durch das Eisenbahnbundesamt stehen
  • danach kann eine breite Umsetzung erfolgen

Aktuelle Programme

The Future of Maintenance part II

This time Deutsche Bahn is looking for innovative startups that could improve overall maintenance processes with their innovative hard- and software solutions to boost availabilities, reduce machine downtime, increase maintenance work quality or offer new services to maintenance workers.

StartupXpress Application

We are always looking for innovations. Apply for our DB StartupXpress if you have a solution that supports the digitalization of Deutsche Bahn! All your ideas are highly welcome.