Kickstarting businesses and development in !!!emerging!!! markets

How it works

The lab of tomorrow programme for sustainable business co-creation

The lab of tomorrow is a business development programme to solve specific challenges in emerging markets. It inspires European and local businesses to jointly create new products and services that generate long-term impact on the ground.

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  1. The lot drives business
    We bring access to new markets, local expertise and business opportunities in developing countries
  2. The lot builds relevant networks
    We match businesses from the EU and emerging markets to co-create and co-own products
  3. The lot creates social impact
    The new products and services contribute to the UN Sustainable Development Goals

Now is the best chance to start your programme!

Our track record

The lab of tomorrow has been the programme of choice by GIZ projects, the Austrian and the Swiss Development Agencies as well as companies to solve specific development challenges all over the world.

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Running & completed programmes
322
Companies participated
24
Ventures preparing market entry
14
Businesses active in the market
Siemens
Fopo–Bayer
TÜV Rheinland
Tui
Merck
Boehringer Ingelheim
Bayer
SAP
Roche
Africa Works
DHL
ibes

Your opportunities

Learn how you can benefit from the lab of tomorrow programme.

Solve your development challenge

The lab of tomorrow programme activates the private sector to achieve SDG impact. Your advantages of initiating a programme include:
  • Let the private sector solve your development challenge – we help you identify unmet needs with business potential.
  • As an initiator, you steer the programme and bring in all the people necessary for success. 
  • Benefit from our network and gain access to business partners, development agencies, investors, mentors and policy makers.
  • The impact created by the lab of tomorrow programme goes beyond development cooperation project lifespans.

Develop your business in emerging markets

Expand into emerging markets together with new business partners! Your benefits of participating in the programme include:
  • Business case sourcing: We identify business opportunities in emerging markets for you to choose from.
  • Participant sourcing & matching: We match you with relevant local and international companies in interdisciplinary teams.
  • As a team, you co-create a new product or service and benefit from business development coaching.
  • Partner network access: you gain access to business partners, investors, mentors and policy makers.

Invest in solutions and support innovations

Gain access to impact investment opportunities in various markets and sectors! Your benefits in supporting our ventures include:
  • Be the first to know about investment opportunities in untapped markets.
  • You become part of our strong network of innovators and entrepreneurs.
  • Receive access to invest in our ventures at different stages. We invite you to pitch sessions, demo days and share our dealbook.
  • Bring in companies from your portfolio and offer them interesting business development opportunities.

 

 

 

 

How it works

Find out how sustainable and profitable business models are created in a lab of tomorrow programme and what’s in it for you.

How it works

Challenge in spotlight

Take a glance at our most recent lab of tomorrow business opportunities.

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biodiversity | namibia | tourism

Biodiversity pays off digitally in Namibia

How might we better protect the biodiversity in Namibia by creating digital, biodiversity-based businesses in conservation landscapes and by capitalizing on the local population’s expertise and resources?

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Currently running challenges

Take a look at our currently running challenges and the potential business opportunities they present for you.

 

Biodiversity | Namibia | Tourism
LOT
16

Biodiversity pays off digitally in Namibia

This challenge is in phase: Incubate business

How might we better protect the biodiversity in Namibia by creating digital, biodiversity-based businesses in conservation landscapes and by capitalizing on the local population’s expertise and resources?

Biodiversity and conservation areas are increasingly under pressure due to climate change, poaching and human-wild-life conflicts. The economic pressure has further risen during the COVID-19 crisis, as tourism has significantly decreased and Namibians in rural areas have dramatically less income. The 16th lab of tomorrow programme seeks to both provide incentives for the sustainable use of biodiversity and diversify income streams for local communities.

Partners

01

Understand

Biodiversity is of crucial importance for Namibia. 70% of Namibians depend on biodiversity and natural resources for their livelihood. However, pressure on biodiversity, conservation areas and added economic pressure significantly reduced tourism and, therefore, dramatically lowered income for Namibians. To reduce the breakdown of income, reinforced by the negative impact of COVID-19, the lab of tomorrow programme seeks to increase incomes for the local population in rural areas through jobs that are dependent on biodiversity, strengthen the connection to "Landscape Philanthropists," which donate regularly and connect with virtual tourism products and other digital solutions.

Business Opportunities

02

Ideate Solutions

Read more about the ideation sprint where the teams developed 5 innovative business ideas.
38
Participants
30
Companies
5
Ideas developed
5
Proven Business Models

03

Incubate business

AfriArtsy

Afri Artsy is a global marketplace for African art to match the huge global demand for ethically produced artisanal products. Individual and retail customers have the opportunity to interact with the work of local artisans to receive tailor-made products.

 

Nyika Nzira

Nyika Nzira enables a digital travel experience with tours of Namibia for customers from all over the world. As a technology platform for local suppliers, the business model is to mount 360 camera rigs on vehicles and at waterholes.

Better than flowers

Better than flowers is an online gifting platform that solves the problem of picking out yet another gift while addressing pressing conservation issues in Namibia. The platform promotes integration with local communities and direct collaboration with landscape conservationists.

Clipspringer

Clipspringer is a platform that provides a digital marketplace to connect content buyers with content. Content from local creators with access to wildlife is available to tour operators and other customers.

AfriBox

AfriBox offers a physical and digital adventure delivered in a box to the customer's doorstep worldwide. Integrated with the digital aspects such as a game, VR content and physical components, AfriBox offers a unique, exclusive and authentic engagement in Africa that directly supports local communities and conservation areas.

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Biodiversity | Namibia | Tourism
LOT
16

Biodiversity pays off digitally in Namibia

This challenge is in phase: Incubate business

How might we better protect the biodiversity in Namibia by creating digital, biodiversity-based businesses in conservation landscapes and by capitalizing on the local population’s expertise and resources?

Biodiversity and conservation areas are increasingly under pressure due to climate change, poaching and human-wild-life conflicts. The economic pressure has further risen during the COVID-19 crisis, as tourism has significantly decreased and Namibians in rural areas have dramatically less income. The 16th lab of tomorrow programme seeks to both provide incentives for the sustainable use of biodiversity and diversify income streams for local communities.

Partners

01

Understand

Biodiversity is of crucial importance for Namibia. 70% of Namibians depend on biodiversity and natural resources for their livelihood. However, pressure on biodiversity, conservation areas and added economic pressure significantly reduced tourism and, therefore, dramatically lowered income for Namibians. To reduce the breakdown of income, reinforced by the negative impact of COVID-19, the lab of tomorrow programme seeks to increase incomes for the local population in rural areas through jobs that are dependent on biodiversity, strengthen the connection to "Landscape Philanthropists," which donate regularly and connect with virtual tourism products and other digital solutions.

Business Opportunities

02

Ideate Solutions

Read more about the ideation sprint where the teams developed 5 innovative business ideas.
38
Participants
30
Companies
5
Ideas developed
5
Proven Business Models

03

Incubate business

AfriArtsy

Afri Artsy is a global marketplace for African art to match the huge global demand for ethically produced artisanal products. Individual and retail customers have the opportunity to interact with the work of local artisans to receive tailor-made products.

 

Nyika Nzira

Nyika Nzira enables a digital travel experience with tours of Namibia for customers from all over the world. As a technology platform for local suppliers, the business model is to mount 360 camera rigs on vehicles and at waterholes.

Better than flowers

Better than flowers is an online gifting platform that solves the problem of picking out yet another gift while addressing pressing conservation issues in Namibia. The platform promotes integration with local communities and direct collaboration with landscape conservationists.

Clipspringer

Clipspringer is a platform that provides a digital marketplace to connect content buyers with content. Content from local creators with access to wildlife is available to tour operators and other customers.

AfriBox

AfriBox offers a physical and digital adventure delivered in a box to the customer's doorstep worldwide. Integrated with the digital aspects such as a game, VR content and physical components, AfriBox offers a unique, exclusive and authentic engagement in Africa that directly supports local communities and conservation areas.

More information

Biodiversity | Namibia | Tourism
LOT
16

Biodiversity pays off digitally in Namibia

This challenge is in phase: Incubate business

How might we better protect the biodiversity in Namibia by creating digital, biodiversity-based businesses in conservation landscapes and by capitalizing on the local population’s expertise and resources?

Biodiversity and conservation areas are increasingly under pressure due to climate change, poaching and human-wild-life conflicts. The economic pressure has further risen during the COVID-19 crisis, as tourism has significantly decreased and Namibians in rural areas have dramatically less income. The 16th lab of tomorrow programme seeks to both provide incentives for the sustainable use of biodiversity and diversify income streams for local communities.

Partners

01

Understand

Biodiversity is of crucial importance for Namibia. 70% of Namibians depend on biodiversity and natural resources for their livelihood. However, pressure on biodiversity, conservation areas and added economic pressure significantly reduced tourism and, therefore, dramatically lowered income for Namibians. To reduce the breakdown of income, reinforced by the negative impact of COVID-19, the lab of tomorrow programme seeks to increase incomes for the local population in rural areas through jobs that are dependent on biodiversity, strengthen the connection to "Landscape Philanthropists," which donate regularly and connect with virtual tourism products and other digital solutions.

Business Opportunities

02

Ideate Solutions

Read more about the ideation sprint where the teams developed 5 innovative business ideas.
38
Participants
30
Companies
5
Ideas developed
5
Proven Business Models

03

Incubate business

AfriArtsy

Afri Artsy is a global marketplace for African art to match the huge global demand for ethically produced artisanal products. Individual and retail customers have the opportunity to interact with the work of local artisans to receive tailor-made products.

 

Nyika Nzira

Nyika Nzira enables a digital travel experience with tours of Namibia for customers from all over the world. As a technology platform for local suppliers, the business model is to mount 360 camera rigs on vehicles and at waterholes.

Better than flowers

Better than flowers is an online gifting platform that solves the problem of picking out yet another gift while addressing pressing conservation issues in Namibia. The platform promotes integration with local communities and direct collaboration with landscape conservationists.

Clipspringer

Clipspringer is a platform that provides a digital marketplace to connect content buyers with content. Content from local creators with access to wildlife is available to tour operators and other customers.

AfriBox

AfriBox offers a physical and digital adventure delivered in a box to the customer's doorstep worldwide. Integrated with the digital aspects such as a game, VR content and physical components, AfriBox offers a unique, exclusive and authentic engagement in Africa that directly supports local communities and conservation areas.

More information

Our partners

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