How We Work And What We Do

Our Story

Take a look inside the Lab

Get to know the faces behind Start-up Lab, see what we are doing and the way we are doing it!

Start-Up Lab in Numbers


Meet The Team

Andreas MündelSVP Innovation & Strategy

Johannes (Joey) NaumannHead of Start-up Lab

Elisa SchneiderCommunity & Events

Jenny AschmannProgram Management

Tilo HergartenIdeation and Methods Coach

Roman GrocholProgram Management

Dominik GöttingProject Management and Communications

Julia MokhtarCommunity and Events

The Start-up Lab provides an opportunity for employees to innovate and actively be change agents within the Group. It encourages the kind of thinking that will allow us to stay ahead of the curve by challenging people to present solutions that are digital, agile and creative.
Sabine Müller
Global Head DHL Consulting
Incubating new ideas will allow us to lay the foundations for the logistics business models of the future.
Thomas Ogilvie
Board Member HR

International Scope

We are proud to say that our program is global, supporting teams from all over the world

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Our innovation funnel 

We guide you through the process from getting an idea, validating it all the way to deploying and scaling it and provide targeted support at specific stages for already existing projects.

The way we work

Design Thinking

Design thinking is a human-centred methodology for creating new strategies and solutions that focusses on empathizing with users in order to define their needs and problems. Comprising different phases, it helps us challenge assumptions, develop ideas and test solutions from a user perspective.

Lean Start-Up

Lean start-up is a methodology for quickly identifying whether a business model or product is viable or not. To do this, it uses a mix of business-hypothesis-driven experimentation, iterative product releases, and validated learning.


Agile is a way of working that focusses on iterative development, incremental delivery and ongoing product reassessment. Starting with high value features, development takes place in stages, arriving at the end product after a series of revisions.

Who We Work With

We have a network of business, technology and operational experts. Get to know some of our mentors who actively support Start-up Lab and eventually you on your intrapreneurial journey.

Sabine MüllerCEO DHL Consulting

Gina ChungHead of Innovations Americas

Denis NiezgodaRobotics Accelerator Lead

Fidel ThiessenhusenEntrepreneur and Innovation Expert

Matthias HeutgerSVP Innovation & Commercial Development

Stefan PeintnerMentor & Business Model Coach

Marius StarckePartner at WhatAVenture

David SpellenbergSenior Manager Corporate Mergers & Acquisitions

Ben GesingSenior Innovation Manager DHL Customer Solutions & Innovation

Peter MeierCTO/CFO Trailar

Dr. Michael SchriekSenior Legal Counsel

Our Partners

It is important to us to challenge and support our startups not only with an internal perspective. Thus, we work with a number of external network partners to provide the best possible combination of skills.


Questions, comments or suggestions regarding Start-up Lab or innovation-related topics? Feel free to contact us. 🙂

Community & EventsElisa Schneider


You are interested in joining the Lab? For more information contact us at or check our job offers below

Intern/Working student

We are always on the lookout for talents that can support us on our mission. You are a student with interest in innovation and start-up related topics? Do not hesitate to initiatively send us an application!

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We are constantly striving to expand our network to be able to provide our team more skills and expertise. You are an expert in a logistics, innovation or start-up related field? Feel free to contact us and offer your assistance.

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