Alice Nell
October 29, 2015

Deutsche Bahn Mindbox call for startups

Good news for startups looking to join an accelerator program! Deutsche Bahn is opening a beautiful new innovation space at Jannowitzbrücke called Mindbox. They're on the lookout for startups that can add value to any part of the Deutsche Bahn infrastructure - from energy to railroads, from networks to stations. If you're interested, send in your application by November 15th! Curious what startups Deutsche Bahn took on board in their last accelerator program - the one that took place in betahaus | Berlin and was produced by betahausX? Have a look.

ALUMIA

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Berlin based startup SWOCKET has developed a product for Deutsche Bahn called Alumia. Alumia makes lighting in train stations smart. Alumia is able to detect when the last train leaves and when the first arrives, making sure that lights in the train station are turned off when there's a time slot without any trains arriving or leaving. Alumia will help Deutsche Bahn save energy. It will also ensure that broken lamps can be easily detected, so repairs can be coordinated smoothly.   

SENVISYS

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Senvisys is a sensor manufacturer that built a sensor detecting objects on tracks based on vibrations. This means that if there's something on the tracks - like a cow - thanks to their sensor, the train will be able to stop in time. At the moment, Senvisys is focused on efficiently securing level crossings. The startup's technology reduces the necessity of cabling and makes installation and maintenance of securing level crossings more economical and user-friendly than it is today. Senvisys is working with Deutsche Bahn and hopefully soon, their users will be anyone who travels with Deutsche Bahn! 

INABE

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INABE is an innovative navigation and detection system that creates multi-dimensional profiles of indoor locations, such as train stations. It also makes motion profiles of their app's users, so clients like DB can see how travellers move within train stations. GPS technology often fails in buildings, so INABE bases their navigation on iBeacon technology. the INABE app will hopefully be available in German train stations, to help travellers easily find the right platform, or even their seat on the train. betahaus | Berlin has become one of their first testing grounds. Apart from their collaboration with Deutsche Bahn, INABE is in negotiations with the zoo in Leipzig, offering it to visitors.

KONUX

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KONUX is a startup breaking ground in the sensor industry with its patented optoelectronic measuring sensor. Their contactless technology ensures that materials and machines' movement can be measured with higher precision and efficiency. In the Deutsche Bahn accelerator with betahausX, KONUX worked to develop their product in line with the needs of the German railways - to make travelling safer and prevent future delays.

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Same old, same old - isn’t always all that bad. Sometimes, all that’s needed are some new perspectives! The city of Utrecht, for‌ ‌example, implemented a zero-emissions electric barge nicknamed the “Beer Boat”. 

Since 2010 it’s carrying beer and food to the city’s downtown restaurants by using waterways. Other electric barges in Amsterdam not only deliver but even collect organic waste, which is then turned into biofuel in processing plants! Isn’t that cool?

It becomes clear that cities, logistics, as‌ ‌well‌ ‌as‌ ‌urban‌ ‌planners, are equally part of solving the inefficiency of the last-mile. Tackling this mountain of issues calls for teamwork!


A centralized platform, hub or network for similar companies, could do the trick to fill up the delivery vans & trucks that are barely loaded. Parcels could be distributed more efficiently between different companies and their delivery vehicles.

Like a big pool of parcels from different companies with every single parcel going into that one van with the same route!


Delivery Driver Experience and Smart Delivery Vehicles are also areas with huge potential for improvement and innovation.


Ellie: Two years ago we adopted a new legal structure for Jolocom GmbH according to the purpose model of ownership, manifesting our commitment and dedication to building a self-sovereign organization. That means we can’t take VC funding or sell public shares of the company. 

Volker: Jolocom is a community driven organisation – both in a tech sense but also much further beyond. We’re hugely involved in the DWeb community where we organize and attend events for the decentralized community. Every year we also help organize and attend the DWeb Camp in San Francisco, which brings together all kinds of creatives so this technology of tomorrow is built in a collaborative way.


Next to that on-demand experiences have become firmly embedded into people’s everyday lives - be it a mobile app to book a ride, send flowers to your loved ones or order lunch to your office. It’s all possible and has made premium features like real-time tracking a standard.  The online consumer expects nothing less and certainly doesn’t like to wait.


Making that quick and instant gratification happen is another story though. Groundbreaking ideas and innovations are needed to tackle all these factors. Does your startup have one? 

Then head over to our Future Logistics Challenge! Applications are still open until September 23rd.

Volker: There is this really nice place, called Green Rabbit with salads and baked potatoes where I like to go to. Sometimes I just keep it simple and go to Lidl.

Ellie: I eat a lot in west.berlin cafe which is here around the corner and I love the Matcha Lattes from Starbucks.

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