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

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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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food-loss-reduction | western-kenya

Cooled transport to reduce food losses in Kenya

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Currently running challenges

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

 

Food-loss-reduction | Western-kenya
LOT
13

Cooled transport to reduce food losses in Kenya

This challenge is in phase: Incubate business

How might we enable cooled transport in Western Kenya to reduce food losses?

In many regions in Kenya there is a lack of transport options for farmers' harvest to the markets in the country's urban centres. With the few transportation means that exist and missing cooling options, a large part of the goods is lost, spoiled or damaged. A lot of the farmers' output is therefore never sold or used. Therefore, while food is becoming scarce in the cities, the farmers in rural areas struggle to transport and sell their harvest. With the COVID-19 pandemic and measures to counteract its spread, supply constraints have even been exacerbated. 

01

Understand

Since fish is extremely delicate and spoils fast, a continuous cold-chain during transport and storage has to be ensured. This is difficult for farmers and vendors to achieve when selling fish from lake Victoria to the distant urban centres of Kisumu and Nairobi. However, this is where most individual and commercial customers like hotels and restaurants are.

Only few fish farmers can invest in an ice machine to be able to cool their fish with ice cubes. Therefore, for most fishermen to be able to sell their produce without a loss in quality and quantity, they need access to cold storage facilities, cooled transport and direct contact to the customers.

Business Opportunities

02

Ideate Solutions

The innovation sprint was conducted fully virtually and was divided into two days of ideation sprints and one day of business design workshop.
11
Participants
9
Companies
2
Ideas developed
2
Proven Business Models

03

Incubate business

2 ventures are currently in this phase.

GoodFish: Fresh fish through continuous cooling

GoodFish is an online marketplace where fish farmers are connected with restaurants and hotels. The businesses can place orders directly on the web application and get the exact amount and quality from the farmers that they trust.

The Cold Hub

The Cold Hub is an off-grid cold storage facility at the lakeside. It allows fishing communities to weigh, cut and store their fresh fish to preserve its quality until it can be sold.

Food-loss-reduction | Western-kenya
LOT
13

Cooled transport to reduce food losses in Kenya

This challenge is in phase: Incubate business

How might we enable cooled transport in Western Kenya to reduce food losses?

In many regions in Kenya there is a lack of transport options for farmers' harvest to the markets in the country's urban centres. With the few transportation means that exist and missing cooling options, a large part of the goods is lost, spoiled or damaged. A lot of the farmers' output is therefore never sold or used. Therefore, while food is becoming scarce in the cities, the farmers in rural areas struggle to transport and sell their harvest. With the COVID-19 pandemic and measures to counteract its spread, supply constraints have even been exacerbated. 

01

Understand

Since fish is extremely delicate and spoils fast, a continuous cold-chain during transport and storage has to be ensured. This is difficult for farmers and vendors to achieve when selling fish from lake Victoria to the distant urban centres of Kisumu and Nairobi. However, this is where most individual and commercial customers like hotels and restaurants are.

Only few fish farmers can invest in an ice machine to be able to cool their fish with ice cubes. Therefore, for most fishermen to be able to sell their produce without a loss in quality and quantity, they need access to cold storage facilities, cooled transport and direct contact to the customers.

Business Opportunities

02

Ideate Solutions

The innovation sprint was conducted fully virtually and was divided into two days of ideation sprints and one day of business design workshop.
11
Participants
9
Companies
2
Ideas developed
2
Proven Business Models

03

Incubate business

2 ventures are currently in this phase.

GoodFish: Fresh fish through continuous cooling

GoodFish is an online marketplace where fish farmers are connected with restaurants and hotels. The businesses can place orders directly on the web application and get the exact amount and quality from the farmers that they trust.

The Cold Hub

The Cold Hub is an off-grid cold storage facility at the lakeside. It allows fishing communities to weigh, cut and store their fresh fish to preserve its quality until it can be sold.

Food-loss-reduction | Western-kenya
LOT
13

Cooled transport to reduce food losses in Kenya

This challenge is in phase: Incubate business

How might we enable cooled transport in Western Kenya to reduce food losses?

In many regions in Kenya there is a lack of transport options for farmers' harvest to the markets in the country's urban centres. With the few transportation means that exist and missing cooling options, a large part of the goods is lost, spoiled or damaged. A lot of the farmers' output is therefore never sold or used. Therefore, while food is becoming scarce in the cities, the farmers in rural areas struggle to transport and sell their harvest. With the COVID-19 pandemic and measures to counteract its spread, supply constraints have even been exacerbated. 

01

Understand

Since fish is extremely delicate and spoils fast, a continuous cold-chain during transport and storage has to be ensured. This is difficult for farmers and vendors to achieve when selling fish from lake Victoria to the distant urban centres of Kisumu and Nairobi. However, this is where most individual and commercial customers like hotels and restaurants are.

Only few fish farmers can invest in an ice machine to be able to cool their fish with ice cubes. Therefore, for most fishermen to be able to sell their produce without a loss in quality and quantity, they need access to cold storage facilities, cooled transport and direct contact to the customers.

Business Opportunities

02

Ideate Solutions

The innovation sprint was conducted fully virtually and was divided into two days of ideation sprints and one day of business design workshop.
11
Participants
9
Companies
2
Ideas developed
2
Proven Business Models

03

Incubate business

2 ventures are currently in this phase.

GoodFish: Fresh fish through continuous cooling

GoodFish is an online marketplace where fish farmers are connected with restaurants and hotels. The businesses can place orders directly on the web application and get the exact amount and quality from the farmers that they trust.

The Cold Hub

The Cold Hub is an off-grid cold storage facility at the lakeside. It allows fishing communities to weigh, cut and store their fresh fish to preserve its quality until it can be sold.

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