DB Accelerator

About DB Accelerator

A digitized world opens opportunities to creates tomorrow’s standards going beyond today’s limitations. The DB Accelerator focuses on startups that allow us to get to know and test new technology or business models for railway infrastructure (track, stations, energy) or our services in mobility and logistics.

We are looking for

Each batch has a topic related to digitalization. We are looking for technology or business cases that have the potencial to support our business units with their digital transition. We also focus on disruptive startups that have the potential to scale up in the mobility and logistic sector. 

Why participate?

We help you take your startup to the next level by offering a unique opportunity to test and fast-track your ideas and products inside DB. For new disruptive and scalable business models within mobility or logistics we can be an investor. Here we closely cooperate with DB Digital Ventures. To support the scaling up we cooperate with Plug and Play. 


  • 3 month program
  • 25k € zero equity taken
  • seats in our co-working space


  • access to the world of railway
  • access to unique data sets
  • access to DB business units


  • dedicated startup-manager
  • internal & external coaches
  • cooperation with betahaus

Improve our World

Engineering: e. g. predictive maintenance, energy management
Digitalization: e. g. live monitoring, schedule simulation
Business: e. g. passenger services, cargo services

Timeline (exemplary dates)

Application Phase
28.02.2020 - 06.04.2020
06.04.2020 - 13.04.2020
Pich & Selection Day
24.04.2020 - 22.05.2020
25.05.2020 - 07.08.2020
Demo Day
DB mindbox Alumni

Current Batches

Future of Customer Interaction

Future of Customer Interaction

Shape the future of mobility by getting the most out of DB’s huge data assets and know-how! Take the opportunity to test your technologies and solutions to enhance digital experiences along the customer journey. Ride the wave and sign in for the next DB Accelerator...

New Era of Construction Tech

New Era of Construction Tech

Advances in digital technology and big data, new materials and energy and design approaches are creating a wave of innovation within the construction industry. Ride the wave and sign in for the next DB Accelerator …