The focus

This time Deutsche Bahn was looking for tech start-ups working on innovative hardware or software solutions. Startups that were able to test their prototype live in the fields of infrastructure, mobility or logistics could apply for this batch.

The jury

In order to evaluate the tech startups our jury had to be a little bit larger than usual.

D. Ahlrichs

Wired Germany

Vice Editor-in-chief

Prof. M. Alexa

TU Berlin

Chair for computer graphics

J. Bergmann



Dr.-Ing. A. Hamprecht

DB Station & Service AG

Head of Bus. Development

S. Hoffmann Palomino

The Red Lab

Cofounder & Partner

Dr.-Ing. V. Kefer

Deutsche Bahn AG


A. Kunze

Konux GmbH

Founder & CEO

M. Leger

DB Stuttgart-Ulm GmbH


I. Jahnel

Deutsche Bahn AG

Noise Protection Representative

A. Piutti

Etrios Venture

Entrepreneur & Angel Investor

F. Sennhenn

DB Netz AG


A. Winiarski

Hering Schuppener GmbH

Managing Partner


Application deadline
Announcement of pitch participants
Pitch training in Berlin
08.09.2016- 09.09.2016
Pitch event in Berlin
Batch incl. prototype development
14.10.2016- 31.01.2017


Past Batches

#2 Batch

01.08.2016 | Betahaus, Berlin

We were looking for startups that could add value to any part of the Deutsche Bahn infrastructure, from railroad network to shopping areas within train stations.

#3 Batch

01.05.2016 | Betahaus, Berlin

Deutsche Bahn was looking for startups in the fields of retail and services with a business idea that could be realised in our train stations. Our target was and is to improve the customer experience and service quality. Next Station offered entrepreneurs the unique opportunity to test their product in one of our train stations.