Katka Nagyová
July 1, 2015

New residents and Deutsche Bahn pitch day

New startup blood is coming to the house! Starting on the 1st of July, 4 teams of the DB Accelerator will call betahaus home for 3 months.

Deutsche Bahn held it’s very first Pitch for their new accelerator in betahaus on 23rd of June. The first batch is just starting at betahaus | berlin today. About 20 people can call themselves new betahaus | members. Our betahaus community is looking forward to the new faces. And you know what? Stay tuned to apply for the 2nd batch starting in autumn this year. Check infra4null to stay up to date.

The fields DB was looking for has mostly been sensor technology, machine to machine communication, analytics and smart shopping.

What's it all about?

DB opens it’s doors to innovation: For weeks DB has been on the lookout for applying startups. What they get is simple but sexy! Giving 25k with no strings attached, 3 months of coworking space in betahaus, mentoring and DB's giant network. Mainly, DB is able to provide the startups massive data to work with. 111 startups applied to be a part oft he DB Infrastructure 4.0 accelerator.

Last Tuesday, 11 pre-selected startups pitched their awesome ideas to the jury giving them some tough times.

Those were Nikolaus Röttger (Chief Editor Wired),  Mathias Ockenfels (Investment Associate at Point Nine Capital), Christoph Fahle (Co-Founder of betahaus | berlin), Dr. Volker Kefer (Member of the Management Board DB AG, Infrastructure and Services), Ute Möbus (CFO DB Station&Service AG), Klaus Müller (CTO Infrastructure DB AG), Manfred Leger (Managing Director DB Projekt Stuttgart-Ulm GmbH) and Jens Bergmann (Managing Director DB ProjektBau GmbH). The questions of the jury were accompanied by the feedback of the audience delivered through the screen.

So who are the 4 lucky winners that are going to sky-rocket their startup from betahaus?

INabE is on the run to innovate indoor navigation by using beacons. Thanks to INabE you will be able to navigate on the train stations through augmented reality.

KONUX builds precise, robust and intelligent optoelectronic sensor systems. Their vision: Intelligent infrastructure carrxing out maintenance on demand, exactly when it fits your schedule.

Swocket is making ‘smart home’ easy to use and affordable. It lets users enjoy the benefits of a smart home without having to buy everything new. Angelo Wyszengrad showed us how you can use swocket to turn on and off a light by clicking your watch. We know the good stuff - swocket is an alumni of our BETAPITCH | Berlin.

Senvisys develops an innovative railway detection system in order to improve security of railway systems.

What are these winners getting?

The essentials for the selected startups are 25k for zero equity, mentoring and 3 months of free coworking space at betahaus. The major advantage of DB Infrastructure 4.0 Accelerator? Access to the massive data system of DB, which actually means access to the world of railways. Startups also get integrated in the betahaus community and every team gets an additional person to help them with everything they need.

Now the selected teams just arrive in betahaus. Let’s make it the best time they ever had!

If you'd like to get connected or just have a feedback, drop us a line!

More information about events in betahaus, here! 

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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