Startups are the engine of a country’s economic growth and competitiveness and are therefore of central importance for the German economy. They break up and change established processes and industries and develop new business models. Innovative products, services and processes of startups create new jobs as well as economic and social progress. Innovations are not always of a technical nature, but they are of particular interest to the rail industry, as they promise to increase efficiency, production and quality as well as comfort for rail customers. In addition, technologies invented by startups make it possible to reduce maintenance and production costs.