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. 

Funding

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

Know-How

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

Mentoring

  • 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

Q & A

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What is special about the DB Accelerator and what are the differenced to other accelerator programs?
  • direct collaboration with a department of DB  (developing a prototype together)
  • top level support from DB management
  • close technical mentoring by DB experts
  • strong support by a startup manager from DB mindbox
  • during the three-month program, you can not only work with trains, tracks and train stations, you can also work with buses, scooters, warehouses, containers or even our customers 

 

 

 

 

 

Why should I apply for the program?
  • you will be able to test your prototype on our railway system, directly on our railway tracks, existing customers or at the stations to prove your proof-of-concept
  • build your own network inside DB, either within the railway industry or other variety industries
  • open an unique key market
  • collaborate with the largest mobility provider in Europe 
  • free and stylish working space beside the Spree river, along with its own train station 
  • financing of 25.000 € with zero equity taken

 

 

 

 

 

 

Which stage should your startup be in order to participate in the program?
  • it is the main goal of the Accelerator program to test your idea inside Deutsche Bahn with a proof-of-concepth
  • prior experiences tell us that a MVP or first prototype should be viable for development and testing within the three months of the program 

 

 

Are there any official restrictions for the participation in the program?
  • your team must coonsist of at least two people
  • your startup has to be a registered company

 

 

Is the team required to move to Berlin and be present in in DB mindbox at all times?
  • prior experiences showed a direct correlation between regular presence in DB mindbox and the success of the startup 
  • for successful pilot testing, it is essential that the startup, DB mindbox and the DB business unit work closely together – the best way to do this is to be regularly present
  • depending on the business unit you are collaborating with, being on-site the business unit’s office could also make sense
  • we understand that every company has the need to support their own customers, any concession will therefore be discussed on a case-by-case basis

 

 

 

 

What are the next steps after my application? How does the startup selection process work?
  • after application, your documents will be reviewed by the DB mindbox team, if necessary you will be asked to provide additional documents
  • DB mindbox and the business units will then coordinate and select the most suitable teams for the challenge and invite them to our selection day / pitch event
  • unselected teams will be added to our contact list for possible future collaborations
  • once selected, the team has to sign a contract with DB mindbox, defining the case that the team should further develop and test inside of DB 
  • after signing of the contract, you can then move in and become part of DB mindbox and begin the accelerator program 
What is included in the three-month Accelerator program?
  • official introduction to the DB group
  • coaching by external experts
  • mentoring by top level decision makers
  • technical support by experts from the supporting DB departments 
  • prototype development for application within DB 
  • mid-term presentation of the current status and next steps of development 
  • prototype testing
  • presentations to internal and external decision makers
  • final presentation on the demo day
What happens after the three-month program?
  • at the end of the program, you are required to present your development results 
  • it is important to note that collaboration between DB and the startup depends heavily on the perceived success of the proff-of-concept
  • all stakeholders will then evaluate the results and make decisoins about the continuatoin of collaboration 
  • if further collaboration is secured, your team will have to optimize your prototype and prepare for pilot testing 
  • after a successful pilot testing, it might be required to obtain a certificate or operation permit from our regulator
  • actual roll out and application of product/sercive will then begin

 

 

 

Timeline (exemplary dates)

Application Phase
28.02.2020 - 06.04.2020
Pre-Selection
06.04.2020 - 13.04.2020
Pich & Selection Day
23.04.2020
Onboarding
24.04.2020 - 22.05.2020
Program
25.05.2020 - 07.08.2020
Midterm presentation
09.07.2020
Midterm presentation
15.07.2020
Demo Day
13.08.2020
DB mindbox Alumni
14.08.2020

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