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.

LOT
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energy | uganda

Access to affordable and reliable energy in Uganda

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Currently running challenges

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

 

Energy | Uganda
LOT
6

Access to affordable and reliable energy in Uganda

This challenge is in phase: Sustainable Business

How might we improve access to affordable and reliable energy in Uganda?

Currently, Uganda has one of the lowest per capita electricity consumption in the world. Electricity demand has been growing at an average of 10% per year, however, the supply did not increase proportionally. There are vast opportunities to provide millions of people access to energy by offering tailor-made solutions for the Ugandan market.

Partners

01

Understand

Hydro, biomass, solar and geothermal energy are considered to have large potential for electricity generation in Uganda. The total estimated potential of renewable energy resources amounts to about 5,3 GW. At national level, 20% of Ugandans have access to electricity; however, this number drops to 10% in rural areas.

Scroll down and download our insights report to learn more about the business potential of renewable energy in Uganda.

 

Business Opportunities

  • Last-mile grid connectivity
  • Integration in mini-grids & off-grids
  • Empowering agriculture with energy solutions
  • Hydro
  • Biomass
  • Solar

02

Ideate Solutions

42
Participants
25
Companies
6
Ideas developed
4
Proven Business Models

03

Incubate business

4 out of 4 venutres passed this phase.

04

Sustainable Business

Wamala

Wamala offers a mobile solar-powered cooling system that produces ice cubes which can be used to cool milk and other produce for storage and transportation.

E-/FTTV

E-/FTTV is a shared infrastructure concept that combines the rollout of electricity and ICT in rural areas.

Agali Awamu

Agali Awamu builds an ecosystem for farmers to receive gas for cooking in return for their organic waste.

The Integrators

The Integrators combine different non-grid energy production components, tailored exactly to the specific needs of companies.

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Contact
lab-of-tomorrow@giz.de
Energy | Uganda
LOT
6

Access to affordable and reliable energy in Uganda

This challenge is in phase: Sustainable Business

How might we improve access to affordable and reliable energy in Uganda?

Currently, Uganda has one of the lowest per capita electricity consumption in the world. Electricity demand has been growing at an average of 10% per year, however, the supply did not increase proportionally. There are vast opportunities to provide millions of people access to energy by offering tailor-made solutions for the Ugandan market.

Partners

01

Understand

Hydro, biomass, solar and geothermal energy are considered to have large potential for electricity generation in Uganda. The total estimated potential of renewable energy resources amounts to about 5,3 GW. At national level, 20% of Ugandans have access to electricity; however, this number drops to 10% in rural areas.

Scroll down and download our insights report to learn more about the business potential of renewable energy in Uganda.

 

Business Opportunities

  • Last-mile grid connectivity
  • Integration in mini-grids & off-grids
  • Empowering agriculture with energy solutions
  • Hydro
  • Biomass
  • Solar

02

Ideate Solutions

42
Participants
25
Companies
6
Ideas developed
4
Proven Business Models

03

Incubate business

4 out of 4 venutres passed this phase.

04

Sustainable Business

Wamala

Wamala offers a mobile solar-powered cooling system that produces ice cubes which can be used to cool milk and other produce for storage and transportation.

E-/FTTV

E-/FTTV is a shared infrastructure concept that combines the rollout of electricity and ICT in rural areas.

Agali Awamu

Agali Awamu builds an ecosystem for farmers to receive gas for cooking in return for their organic waste.

The Integrators

The Integrators combine different non-grid energy production components, tailored exactly to the specific needs of companies.

More information

Contact
lab-of-tomorrow@giz.de
Energy | Uganda
LOT
6

Access to affordable and reliable energy in Uganda

This challenge is in phase: Sustainable Business

How might we improve access to affordable and reliable energy in Uganda?

Currently, Uganda has one of the lowest per capita electricity consumption in the world. Electricity demand has been growing at an average of 10% per year, however, the supply did not increase proportionally. There are vast opportunities to provide millions of people access to energy by offering tailor-made solutions for the Ugandan market.

Partners

01

Understand

Hydro, biomass, solar and geothermal energy are considered to have large potential for electricity generation in Uganda. The total estimated potential of renewable energy resources amounts to about 5,3 GW. At national level, 20% of Ugandans have access to electricity; however, this number drops to 10% in rural areas.

Scroll down and download our insights report to learn more about the business potential of renewable energy in Uganda.

 

Business Opportunities

  • Last-mile grid connectivity
  • Integration in mini-grids & off-grids
  • Empowering agriculture with energy solutions
  • Hydro
  • Biomass
  • Solar

02

Ideate Solutions

42
Participants
25
Companies
6
Ideas developed
4
Proven Business Models

03

Incubate business

4 out of 4 venutres passed this phase.

04

Sustainable Business

Wamala

Wamala offers a mobile solar-powered cooling system that produces ice cubes which can be used to cool milk and other produce for storage and transportation.

E-/FTTV

E-/FTTV is a shared infrastructure concept that combines the rollout of electricity and ICT in rural areas.

Agali Awamu

Agali Awamu builds an ecosystem for farmers to receive gas for cooking in return for their organic waste.

The Integrators

The Integrators combine different non-grid energy production components, tailored exactly to the specific needs of companies.

More information

Contact
lab-of-tomorrow@giz.de

Our partners

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