Innovation can only succeed if we liaise closely with other drivers of innovation and employ systematic innovation processes. With our far-reaching networks, we bring together long-term Group goals, momentum, research and concrete problem-solving approaches to form an ecosystem. This is how we create profitable solutions for the railway. To keep achieving this long term, we network both within the Group and with external experts, companies and institutions. We are systematically pursuing and testing every promising potential solution that could help us overcome the challenges we will face in the future.
Working together for the future
DB Systel harnesses the innovative drive of all kinds of businesses for Deutsche Bahn – from startups right through to leading technology companies. We are convinced that only a multidisciplinary overall system can promote innovations in a targeted manner. That is why we seek out and support internal and external ideas by providing professional structures. We are involved in digital associations and cultivate partnerships with external companies. Innovations also spring from joint research projects in which we explore new ideas with partners such as universities and other companies.
Our strong innovation network
This is our partner programme for mature, external startups that expand our portfolio. Within this programme, we seek out and support startups in the interest of establishing a long-term collaboration with them. The SCALE.UP programme offers startups access to the innovation lab and our IT experts. Together, we are creating a scalable digital B2B service for Deutsche Bahn.
In our Startup-Hub, we guide external startups along the road to market maturity. With specific use cases and real data from Deutsche Bahn business units, we test new solutions to ensure they have concrete practical relevance and support startups on their way to the market.
Our partner network
Together with our strategic partners, we push through major innovations and create new productive solutions for Deutsche Bahn. In this way, we are harnessing the innovative drive of leading technology groups for the benefit of the railway.
This is DB Systel's digital innovation forge. It is where we shape ideas together and test them out to see how they could be put to use at Deutsche Bahn. The Skydeck is a venue, but it is also an innovation lab for cooking up inspiration. We support internal startups to achieve the economy of scale necessary for DB.
Associations, initiatives and public institutions
Whether it's the European cloud initiative Gaia-X, quantum computing or in public research tenders: DB Systel is involved in numerous initiatives and associations, partly as a company and partly at an individual level, which deal in open source, digitalisation and many other areas besides. We are thereby helping to achieve our Group goals and creating long-term added value for our passengers.