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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:

  1. The lab operates in the real world: practical solutions are identified and developed for a real problem.

  2. The lab is creative: its extraordinary blend of participants from different backgrounds turns out highly innovative business ideas.

  3. The lab is cooperative: companies pool their resources to jointly develop business models.

These factors realised in seven labs have given rise to 42 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.

 

Curious? Feel free to contact us, share your ideas and join the lab of tomorrow community!

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Testimonials


  • Testimonial Dr. Mohamed A. Aziz Abed

    “The lab of tomorrow is a great window into structured innovation, inspiring & active. It was a great opportunity to meet collaborative people from multiple sectors.”


    Dr. Mohamed A. Aziz Abed
    Consultant with TÜV Nord Egypt & Ministry of Tourism, Lecturer at October 6 University and Trainer at Egyptian Tourism Federation
  • Testimonial Ainhoa Raso Canals, Cegos

    „The lab of tomorrow is about new opportunities and being inspired by people from other countries, with a multicultural approach, needed in the tourism industry! I need more and soon :)”


    Ainhoa Raso Canals
    Senior Consultant at Cegos Spain
  • Testimonial Ahmed Farrag TUI

    „The lab of tomorrow is doing great things together“


    Ahmed Farrag
    Head of Operations at TUI Hotels & Resorts
  • Testimonial Lars Fiechel GIZ

    “The lab of tomorrow gives the chance for rapidly quick solution processes for the issues that move us!”


    Lars Fiechel
    Head of the GIZ project “Enhancement of the Egyptian Dual System (EEDS)”
  • © GIZ / Viktor Schanz

    "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.“


    Elizabeth Ogaja
    Health minister of the county Kisumu (Kenya)
  • © GIZ / Viktor Schanz

    "The lab of tomorrow brings together companies from Europe and Africa and creates new ideas."


    Günter Nooke
    Personal Representative of the German Chancellor for Africa in the Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
  • "The lab of tomorrow – Let’s talk energy!“


    Magoola Baker Kirunda & Alinc Nurcan
    Corporate Communications Manager - Kainyara Sugar Limited (Kirunda) & Business Development Manager Ugandan Manufacturer Association UMA - CIM Expert (Nurcan)
  • “The lab of tomorrow - Excellent methodology, dedication, innovations and results. Keep it up!”


    Berlin Msiska
    Former Zambia Revenue Authority (ZRA) Commissioner-General
  • © GIZ / photographer: Martin Hangen

    "The lab of tomorrow is developing tailor-made solutions for Africa – transferred into business."


    Sabine Dall’Omo
    CEO at SIEMENS South Africa
  • © GIZ / Viktor Schanz

    "The lab of tomorrow is a very innovative method for developing solutions with companies worldwide."


    Dr. Christoph Beier
    Vice-chair of the management board of Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH (GIZ)