Vertical Accelerator

DB mindbox

Startup program of Deutsche Bahn Group

Applicants should be funded;have a prototype, mvp or product (no idea status!); are more than 1 person; must send comprehensive documents (pitch deck, team photo etc.); for our different programs we have specific application deadlines
more Customers
better Product
larger Network
proofed solution in DB live environment

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Investor Network

Wanted startups


Our search fields are also described with buzzwords like…

Smart City, Operations, (Predictive) Maintenance, Construction Technology, Artificial Intelligence, Human Resources, Train Stations, Digital Services, Mobility as a Service, Connected Mobility


Our program looks for teams or startups, that develop enabling technologies, products or services based on…

AI, ML, NLP, RPA, AR/VR, data analytics, smart sensors, robotics, passenger counting, skill management, knowledge management, gamification, crowd intelligence, new ways of communication, retail


We look for solutions that can be applied to improve or are developed for use-cases like…

Operations, Maintenance, Regional Traffic, Construction Technology, Artificial Intelligence, Human Resources,

About the program

The DB mindbox startup program was initiated in 2015 to push and foster innovations and digital transformation around rails, stations and trains. The program off ers a comprehensive support package to young entrepreneurs who have a concrete improvement for Deutsche Bahn (DB). The aim is that startups and DB business units work closely together and develop a Proof of Concept (PoC) which improves the core rail business.

Startups will get the opportunity to develop a prototype and/or test their product live in the DB universe within 100 days. On top, startups will receive €25.000 funding (no equity), exclusive access to DB experts, data & markets, professional business coaching & mentoring and Coworking. After a benefi cial collaboration, there is a high chance to build a long-term partnership with Deutsche Bahn.

Contact Person

Tobias Ruch

Scouting & Communication Manager


(+49) 152 37538438


The Ecosystem Company


We offer our partners a high-quality and authentic positioning within their target group. The Partner profile will represent your company effectively in multiple ways:

  • In the printed book within thematically appropriate content
  • in the PDF version with links to your website and company profile
  • on the Accelerator Book landing page with a digital profile containing additional information about your offer

You can design the digital profile according to your own wishes containing backlinks, images, contact person, etc.

If you are interested in representing your company on our landing page send us an email at accelerator@ecosystem-company.de .



The capital of Bavaria is one of Europe’s leading technology clusters with its unique ecosystem of global players, startups, research and talents.

SAP Munich has just embarked on a new exciting era within its long tradition of collaboration with the Munich ecosystem. The ambition is to be a leading innovation hub in Commerce, Industry 4.0 & Sustainability. Key will be the recently sealed first-of-its-kind partnership between SAP and Technical University Munich (TUM), which includes a brand new SAP Labs office for 700 researchers on the campus.

SAP works closely with UnternehmerTUM, Europe’s leading entrepreneurship center, to cultivate open innovation and offer joint programs with global reach. SAP hosts and participates in popular start-up community events such as SAP.iO Demo Day and Bits & Pretzels, which hosted speakers such as Barack Obama, Richard Branson and Jessica Alba, to name a few. 

SAP’s external start-up accelerator, SAP.iO Foundry Munich, holds the unique benefit of being the only accelerator focused on business-to-business (B2B) startups in Munich. 

The SAP.iO Foundries are SAP’s global network of top-tier startup programs, including accelerators, that enable startups to build innovative software that deliver value for SAP customers. Today, there are SAP.iO Foundries in 8 strategic startup hubs, including San Francisco, New York, Berlin, Paris, Munich, Tel Aviv, Singapore and Tokyo. SAP.iO Foundries have a unique three-fold value proposition - access to curated mentorship, exposure to SAP technologies, and opportunities to collaborate with SAP customers – all while requiring no equity from the startups to participate. The SAP.iO Foundries were formally launched early 2017 and to-date more than 100 rising stars of the early stage intelligent enterprise ecosystem have been accelerated by SAP.iO Foundries.

Working closely with SAP Customer Experience teams and UnternehmerTUM, the SAP.iO Foundry Munich focuses exclusively on B2B startups that transform customer relationships and help SAP customers deliver even more engaging experiences. It leverages deep ties with the local entrepreneurial network to develop successful joint offerings with international impact.

Recent and current participants include the Munich-born start-ups parcelLab GmbHStorifymepresize.ai and rapitag as well as start-ups from other regions in Germany and worldwide, such as Nyris GmbHVelouExpivi and Alcméon. “Its just amazing to be a part of it a huge enterprise like SAP which you usually just see from the outside, that´s really cool”, Julian Krenge, CTO parcelLab.

Are you interested in joining a program? Here is the global overview.