For us, the term digital transformation means creating the necessary conditions in DB Group. Our focus is primarily on the involvement of executives and employees and giving them the skills they need through training, new working methods and agile structures. In 2020, the focus was on expanding digital expertise.
- We created the DB Digital Base in Berlin, a central location for digitalization within DB Group. This provides executives and employees with free access to a wide range of events and workshops on digital topics. The program has been continued virtually since April 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
DB mindbox is our start-up hub. DB mindbox has been working together with business units and start-ups for the past five years to support innovative technologies and digital applications in the Group. To date, about 3,000 startups from more than 50 countries have applied. More than 150 startups have already participated in the support program. We are working with about 60 % of the companies on concrete products and innovations for rail travel as part of follow-up partnerships.
- With DB Intrapreneurs, we offer employees and business units of DB Group the opportunity to develop new business models and products in an appropriate environment. In 2020, 18 teams validated their problem and piloted a corresponding approach for a solution. A product market fit was validated for two projects.
- Since the beginning of 2018, we have been promoting our digital talent in the areas of digitalization and business model development through our digitalization trainee program, as well as building digital skills for the whole DB Group. In 2020, the number of digital trainees trained increased from 10 to 24.