Work with Deutsche Bahn AG to bring robotic solutions into the value chain


Get in the Ring and Deutsche Bahn AG are looking for startups that can bring innovative robots and solutions into the value chain to improve day-to-day activities and have a positive impact on business operations.


The Deutsche Bahn AG (DB) is one of the world’s leading mobility and logistics companies, transporting 2600 million passengers a year. DB has a mission to drive progress and shape the future. The startup program of DB mindbox helps to identify promising startups and test their ideas together with the DB business units. 


DB is searching for robotic innovations that can improve the day-to-day operations and ensure business continuity in uncertain times, especially related to new standards during the corona virus pandemic. Along the value chain of DB, different business units are searching for solutions that can improve the daily routines and positively impact business operations and customer experiences. There is a big potential in replacing manual tasks by robots,  innovations that reduce health and safety risks or robotic solutions that could make the journey of customers more pleasant.

The deadline for this Challenge has passed, please check out our other Challenges


We are looking for startups that want to collaborate with Deutsche Bahn AG to implement robotic solutions along various business units in the value chain to improve day-to-day business operations and help workers and employees of DB in executing complicated or risky tasks. This also includes services towards customers during their train journey or at train stations, specifically solutions that could help in establishing a safer environment taking into account various social distancing measurements and polices. 

We’re looking for solutions in a variety of domains including: 

Customer services

We are looking for robotic solutions that can assist with providing traveler information, luggage services or are able to offer travelers additional support during a journey.


Robotic innovations and solutions that can safely sell food, beverages or non-food products at stations or in trains to travelers.


Apply robotic innovation to improve processes such as cleaning, safety or operations to make them faster or more reliable.


Work on robots that are able to assist the maintenance departments of trains or stations and that can perform heavy, dangerous or repetitive tasks.


  • Participation in the 100-day PoC program of DB mindbox

  • 25.000€, non equity

  • Access to the DB network


Your solution should...

  • Have an MVP in place

  • Occasionally be available in Berlin to work on the PoC with Deutsche Bahn AG


21 JUNE 2020

Application deadline

The deadline to apply for the challenge is the 21st of June 2020.
3 JULY 2020

Announcement of candidates

The selected candidates will be announced on the 3rd of July 2020.
16 JULY 2020

Virtual Pitch (TBC)

On the 16th of July Candidates will hold virtual pitches to showcase their solution. (To Be Confirmed)
10 AUGUST 2020

Start of Program

On the 10th of August 2020 the pilot program will kick off.
18 NOVEMBER 2020

End of Program

On the 18th of November 2020 the pilot program will end.
Deadline passed

The deadline for this Challenge has passed, please check out our other Challenges