Solutions for our Train Stations

DB mindbox is excited to run its program together with DB Station & Service. Who does not only build and run stations, but also works on developing their potential.  Your product or service adds great value for commuters and visitors at mobility hubs? Or you have great add on services for our existing retailers? Then we match perfectly!

In this batch we are looking for startups that link the offline and online world. We are searching for products and food concepts with a regional and sustainable focus as well as services that help our retailers provide a unique shopping experience.

This 100 day signature program gives startups the chance to customize and live-test their solution to real challenges that DB is facing. What do you get?

  • access to a retail space inside at Berlin Ostbahnhof (optional)
  • access to our new digital B2C marketplace (optional)
  • access to our new vending machines – cooling possible (optional)
  • coaching and mentoring
  • and EUR 25,000, no equity taken.


You will be supported by a dedicated DB mindbox startup manager and will have 24/7 access to our coworking space (if applicable).

This is a great opportunity to lay the foundation for joint projects and successful long-term collaboration with Deutsche Bahn AG.

Questions? Check out our FAQs.


Retail and service experience

Improve the retail and service experience.

Apply now
Food innovation

Bring new concepts to our retail spaces or vending mashines with regional & sustainable focus.

New services and products

Provide innovative services and products to the customers purely digital or in the combination with a retail space.

Shopping experience

Find new technologies that make shopping more convenient, digital and exciting.

Social commerce

Involve social media and online media to support social interaction while shopping or strolling at the station.


Convenience in and around stations

Offer a solution that enhances convenience in and around stations.

Apply now
Solutions around biking

Improve the biking experience by offering new services, touristic bike activities around the stations or digital solutions.


Provide possibilities that allow customers and commuters seamless shopping between the online and offline world.

Logistics and concierge

Help us to find solutions on how to support retailers inside the station and in the surrounding to provide their products individually to the customers.

Further ideas?

Surprise us with other ideas for our train stations.



Application Deadline

Last day to apply for the program


Announcement of Candidates

Invitation of selected teams


Selection day

Pitch your idea in front of a jury


Start of Program

Three months to develop and test a prototype at a train station (on a retail space or digital)


End of Program

End of program and presentation of your results