Our History, Your Future.

The Maybach Foundation showcases Maybach engineering & design heritage and offers programs that mentor talent and inspire innovation.

Our Mission

At the Maybach Foundation, we focus on a dual-​mission approach : honoring the history of the ingenious designers Wilhelm and Karl Maybach, while developing mentoring projects designed to build bridges from this past into the future so that new inspirations and innovations can emerge.

The Maybach legacy is a testament to the power of mentoring.


Your best future is helping someone else find theirs.

We believe in the power of mentoring and offer programs that mentor talented individuals to inspire innovation.

Mentorgarten Compendium
Past Mentorships
Mentor Talks
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Mobility by land, sea, and air.

Wilhelm and Karl Maybach were pioneers, entrepreneurs, and revolutionaries, whose work forever disrupted power and mobility as it was known.

Let their history inspire our future.

Maybach Express
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Our Work

Restoring a true Maybach Artifact

In 2014, the Maybach Foundation acquired a historic artifact of the Maybach history : the last SVT express railcar 137 856 « Type Cologne » from the 1930s.

The SVT high-​speed railcars are considered to be the world’s first high-​speed trains. With the conversion from traditional steam engines to modern, high-​speed diesel engines, the “flying trains” powered by Maybach engines paved the way for a new era of mobility and travel. Through the refurbishing of the SVT “Cologne“, the Maybach Foundation sets out to breathe new life into a milestone of German engineering.


The Maybach Mentorgarten Compendium

As a mentor, you are embarking on a journey that will have a long-​lasting and positive impact on another person’s life. Mentoring will change the way you think about your work and your role in helping others become successful both personally and professionally. Mentoring relationships are unique and our goal is to help you learn and apply the skills needed to become an effective mentor.

Under our motto « Your best future is helping someone else find theirs », we have been managing mentoring projects since 2006. In order to share our knowledge and encourage others to get involved in mentoring projects, we have put together the Mentorgarten Compendium, a 90-​page handbook that teaches you the core skills required to become a mentor yourself.


The Maybach Mentor Talks

The Maybach Foundation Mentor Talk Series is a discussion forum featuring diverse and relevant thinkers, visionaries, and drivers of innovation sharing their personal journeys from early inspiration to where they are today. The focus is on the mentor-​protégé relationship, a theme central to the historic Maybach story and a core aspect of the Maybach Foundation’s work over the past decade.

The Maybach Foundation presents speaker pairs who are representative of the change-​making impact of individual human interaction. In some cases, they have been involved in the Maybach Foundation’s own mentoring projects. Others are paired with a past mentor or mentee who has significantly influenced their personal and professional development.


Past Mentoring Projects

The Maybach Foundation excellence in mentoring leadership program (2006−2014) provided extraordinarily talented young adults in adversity with the opportunity to connect and mentor with distinguished global leaders in order to make a profound and positive difference in their lives and in the world.


Get Involved

Gift a Part of History

Explore our limited Maybach Express collection made in collaboration with the Michael Schwab Studio. All proceeds will go towards the restoration of the « Flying » SVT 137 856.

Become a Donor

Help us further our mission of realizing a better future. Let us achieve goals together. All donations are greatly appreciated. Read more about donations on our Donations FAQ page.

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