Toyota Mobility Foundation & BETAPITCH present:

Accessible Transport for Berlin Challenge

Change the way Berlin moves! This is your chance to shape the future of public transport systems in Berlin and Potsdam, develop solutions to address mobility challenges and improve the lives of people such as the disabled, elderly or visually-impaired.

On April 9-10th, the best 10 startups will meet at betahaus | Berlin with our infrastructure partners and pitch in front of a jury for cash prizes and the chance to implement their solution at some of the major public transport providers. 

If your startup offers a solution enhancing the lives of residents, commuters and visitors with reduced mobility, apply now! Applications close on March 11th!




infrastructure partners:

About BETAPITCH Accessible Transport for Berlin Challenge

This is not your regular startup competition. It’s a collaboration with Berlin's & Potsdam’s major transport providers to test and potentially implement your smart city solutions.

BETAPITCH with Toyota Mobility Foundation partnered up with the leading transport providers: Deutsche Bahn, Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe, Verkehrsverbund Berlin-Brandenburg and Verkehrsbetrieb Potsdam, who will be providing real-life case studies and subsequent implementation opportunities for startups to develop their ideas and make Berlin more inclusive and accessible for everyone.


Key Dates

Who Should Apply?

Startups in MVP stage or those that already have a developed solution. Startups can come from anywhere as long as they can attend the program in Berlin on April 9-10, 2019 and can potentially implement their solution in Berlin area. Please refer to the handbook for eligibility criteria.


1. Acoustic navigation
2. Indoor navigation
3. IoT / Connected sensors
4. Door-to-door travel planning


1. Communication tools
2. Scheduling
3. Virtual travel companions
4. Platforms
5. AI / Machine Learning


Infrastructure Partners

Deutsche Bahn offers global mobility and logistical services and operates in over 130 countries world-wide. In Europe, DB’s trains and busses transport over 12 million passengers. DB moves both people and goods via their global networks of traffic and railway infrastructure, and extensive portfolio that includes air, rail and ocean freight.

ViP Verkehrsbetrieb Potsdam operates the major part of public transport in Potsdam. The company is a subsidiary of Stadtwerke Potsdam GmbH. Today, the transport companies operate seven tram lines, 25 bus lines and a ferry connection as partners of the VBB.

The Verkehrsverbund Berlin-Brandenburg is the public transport authority covering the federal states of Berlin and Brandenburg – the entire capital area of Germany. The VBB can trace back its roots as far as to the German Unification Contract in 1990. The necessity to reconnect Berlin to the surrounding Brandenburg and to create a high-quality public transport were the reasons for introducing the VBB as a common public transport authority. entire capital area of Germany. They see the necessity to reconnect Berlin to the surrounding Brandenburg and to create a high-quality public transport.

With more than one billion annual passenger journeys, Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe is the leading operator of public transport services in Berlin. About 14,600 employees of 55 nationalities keep Berlin moving day and night. Providing more than 90 years of experience in metro, tram, bus and ferry services, we are Berlin‘s partner in realizing mobility turnaround.

Supporting Partners

About Toyota Mobility Foundation

The Toyota Mobility Foundation was established in August 2014 to address urban transportation challenges and expand personal mobility for all people. The Foundation aims to inspire the next generation of mobility solutions by sharing Toyota’s expertise in technology, safety, and the environment with partners at universities, governments, non-profit organizations, research institutions and other organizations to address mobility issues around the world.



President of Secretariat
Toyota Mobility Foundation

Mr. Aoyama joined Toyota Mobility Foundation (TMF) in 2015, a year after TMF’s inception.Prior to Toyota Mobility Foundation, he served as a Vice President at Toyota Motor North America. Since joining Toyota Motor Corporation in 1986, Mr. Aoyama has held various management positions at Toyota Motor Corporation in the field of Human Resources Management, Government Affairs and Communications.


Head of New Passenger Information

Timo Kerßenfischer, at BVG since 2015, is the Head of the new passenger information department since 2018. The department's main task is to further develop BVG's passenger communication and passenger information systems. Their goal is to make it as easy as possible for all customer groups to use public transport - even in the event of deviations from the regular timetable or disruptions. A particular focus is therefore on the further development of real-time information systems.


Product Manager Service

Simon is responsible for the customer group of travellers with reduced mobility.


Head of Passenger Information

Alexander has 22 years of experience in the field of passenger information at VBB. With his team VBB is governing the electronic customer information and its data supply. Alexander has executed several national research projects on the topic of accessibility in local transport.



Fabiola worked in private equity for twelve years, analyzing business models, setting up financing and developing company strategy, all from an investor perspective. She is passionate about entrepreneurship and is looking for investment opportunities in interesting startups. She was a member of the Ashoka Support Network and is active in a number of boards and societies, amongst others  the board of Bremer Tageszeitungen AG.

Jury Advisors


Siemens Mobility

With more than 15 years of experience as marketing professional Silvia is currently driving the digital transformation of Siemens Mobility Management by implementing agile work and strategic marketing tools. Creating moments of happiness is what drives her and thus, she's calling herself a worklifestylist: Getting the right people, environment an tools together to create something new, which makes our lives even better.


Siemens Mobility

Ralf is working at Siemens on bridging gaps between conventional Rail-products and new trends, always focusing on customer value, and always considering business impact. Ralph will help startups with their message, having the ultimate added value in mind. He will always reflect on what startups provide to the society and how the craziest idea can get executed in the end.


Siemens Mobility

Stefan's passion is helping companies to find new business models, products or strategies. His main focus is the change of perspectives and the use of simple tool and methods to implement the results in a practical way. And of course, people (customer and human) are always in focus.



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