There are now around 150 innovation labs in Germany, and they all have one thing in common: they are fuelling the digital transformation with innovative ideas for their companies. Separated from corporate structures, their teams develop new business models, products and services. They do this using methodologies such as Design Thinking, Personas or the Customer Journey. In next to no time, the "finished" ideas leave the lab and are integrated into existing organisational units. This creates opportunities for new creative ideas that can be thought through to their logical conclusion.
In conjunction with Infront Consulting, business magazine Capital has scrutinised German companies' digital labs for the second time. The Skydeck – which involves the three locations of Frankfurt, Berlin and Erfurt – took part in the study alongside another 60 applicants. After the online survey was analysed to find the best units in four categories (innovation labs in the areas of industry and services, accelerators and company builders), Matthias Patz, Head of Innovation & New Ventures (T.IVV) fielded questions in a two-and-a-half-hour validation interview. The overall result was a resounding success: the Skydeck landed an outstanding sixth place among innovation labs in the service sector and took 12th place in the overall ranking.
To find out more about the success factors and what precisely was evaluated, check out the study (German only).
The Skydeck was not the only DB innovation lab to take part in the study. DB amspire and the DB d.lab also ranked very highly. What's more the db mindbox took third place in the accelerators category, and DB Intrapreneurship place among the best company builders.