lab of tomorrow - new ways to new business
The lab of tomorrow fosters the development of new business-driven solutions for specific problems affecting developing and emerging countries.
On behalf of the German Federal Government, we bring together European and in-country companies, customers and specialists to collaborate on developing successful business ideas for solving countries’ problems, such as the supply of medicines in Kenya or rural electrification in Uganda.
Three things make the lab special:
The lab operates in the real world: practical solutions are identified and developed for a real problem.
The lab is creative: its extraordinary blend of participants from different backgrounds turns out highly innovative business ideas.
The lab is cooperative: companies pool their resources to jointly develop business models.
These factors realised in five labs have given rise to 30 promising business ideas.
The lab of tomorrow creates business ideas and inspires all kinds of companies – from the small IT start-up to global players such as Merck and Siemens – to solve a specific problem affecting a developing or emerging country.
26–28 June 2017, the Siemens headquarters in Munich: 42 motivated entrepreneurs from Uganda and Europe are united by a common goal – to advance the electrification of Uganda.
The conditions under which textiles are produced in countries such as India, Bangladesh and Cambodia are widely debated the world over.
Developing joint business ideas and getting successful projects up and running – that's the pledge the Darmstadt-based science and technology company Merck and GIZ agreed to.
„The lab of tomorrow is innovation alive.“
SAP Deutschland SE
"The lab of tomorrow has developed many business models that inspire us."
Dr. Kai Beckmann
Member of the executive board and chief administration officer at Merck
"The lab of tomorrow is a very innovative method for developing solutions with companies worldwide."
Dr. Christoph Beier
Vice-Chair of the Management Board
"The lab of tomorrow brings together companies from Europe and Africa and creates new ideas."
Personal Representative of the German Chancellor for Africa in the Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
"The lab of tomorrow is a truly enriching experience and a demonstration of the value of teamwork in generating solutions with people from diverse backgrounds. A great experience.“
Health minister of the county Kisumu (Kenya)
"The lab of tomorrow ... is a great "laboratory" for the joint implementation of innovative solutions."
Gunda Amat Amoros
Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
"The lab of tomorrow gave me the chance to have a real impact in Africa on the things that matter.”
José Ernesto Olmeda Pereira
The lab of tomorrow is developing tailor-made solutions for Africa – transferred into business
CEO at SIEMENS South Africa