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.

19
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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smes | tax-revenues | zambia

Increasing tax revenues from SMEs in Zambia

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Currently running challenges

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

 

Smes | Tax-revenues | Zambia
LOT
1

Increasing tax revenues from SMEs in Zambia

This challenge is in phase: Sustainable Business

How might we improve Zambia's taxation of small and medium-sized enterprises?

Only 35 of the 72 districts of Zambia offer tax offices for citizens and enterprises to declare and pay their taxes, resulting in common delays in tax payments from one to two years. Tax collection from small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) has been further complicated by a predominant reliance on cash as the medium of exchange and a lack of accounting records and poor bookkeeping.

The challenge was identified in cooperation with fellow GIZ projects and companies with knowledge of the local context and needs, thus identifying a challenge with a true need for innovative business solutions.

01

Understand

While the informal sector including SMEs has been rapidly growing in Zambia, its tax contributions to the Zambian Government has continued to be insignificant: 70 % of the VAT revenues come from 1% of the enterprises, while only 5-10 % of the revenue comes from 90 % of the SMEs. According to estimates, SMEs generate between 40 to 60 % of GDP in Zambia.

We looked into the local context of the challenge through interviews, site visits and academic research to enable the participants to create their business ideas based on the facts and needs on the ground. Learn more about taxes and SMEs in Zambia in our report, which you can download by scrolling down.

 

02

Ideate Solutions

25
Participants
12
Companies
5
Ideas developed
2
Proven Business Models

03

Incubate business

2 out of 2 ventures passed this phase.

04

Sustainable Business

TaxOnPhone

TaxOnPhone is a mobile and electronic tax system that enables tax declaration and payment through mobile phones for SMEs.

 

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Contact
lab-of-tomorrow@giz.de
Smes | Tax-revenues | Zambia
LOT
1

Increasing tax revenues from SMEs in Zambia

This challenge is in phase: Sustainable Business

How might we improve Zambia's taxation of small and medium-sized enterprises?

Only 35 of the 72 districts of Zambia offer tax offices for citizens and enterprises to declare and pay their taxes, resulting in common delays in tax payments from one to two years. Tax collection from small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) has been further complicated by a predominant reliance on cash as the medium of exchange and a lack of accounting records and poor bookkeeping.

The challenge was identified in cooperation with fellow GIZ projects and companies with knowledge of the local context and needs, thus identifying a challenge with a true need for innovative business solutions.

01

Understand

While the informal sector including SMEs has been rapidly growing in Zambia, its tax contributions to the Zambian Government has continued to be insignificant: 70 % of the VAT revenues come from 1% of the enterprises, while only 5-10 % of the revenue comes from 90 % of the SMEs. According to estimates, SMEs generate between 40 to 60 % of GDP in Zambia.

We looked into the local context of the challenge through interviews, site visits and academic research to enable the participants to create their business ideas based on the facts and needs on the ground. Learn more about taxes and SMEs in Zambia in our report, which you can download by scrolling down.

 

02

Ideate Solutions

25
Participants
12
Companies
5
Ideas developed
2
Proven Business Models

03

Incubate business

2 out of 2 ventures passed this phase.

04

Sustainable Business

TaxOnPhone

TaxOnPhone is a mobile and electronic tax system that enables tax declaration and payment through mobile phones for SMEs.

 

More information

Contact
lab-of-tomorrow@giz.de
Smes | Tax-revenues | Zambia
LOT
1

Increasing tax revenues from SMEs in Zambia

This challenge is in phase: Sustainable Business

How might we improve Zambia's taxation of small and medium-sized enterprises?

Only 35 of the 72 districts of Zambia offer tax offices for citizens and enterprises to declare and pay their taxes, resulting in common delays in tax payments from one to two years. Tax collection from small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) has been further complicated by a predominant reliance on cash as the medium of exchange and a lack of accounting records and poor bookkeeping.

The challenge was identified in cooperation with fellow GIZ projects and companies with knowledge of the local context and needs, thus identifying a challenge with a true need for innovative business solutions.

01

Understand

While the informal sector including SMEs has been rapidly growing in Zambia, its tax contributions to the Zambian Government has continued to be insignificant: 70 % of the VAT revenues come from 1% of the enterprises, while only 5-10 % of the revenue comes from 90 % of the SMEs. According to estimates, SMEs generate between 40 to 60 % of GDP in Zambia.

We looked into the local context of the challenge through interviews, site visits and academic research to enable the participants to create their business ideas based on the facts and needs on the ground. Learn more about taxes and SMEs in Zambia in our report, which you can download by scrolling down.

 

02

Ideate Solutions

25
Participants
12
Companies
5
Ideas developed
2
Proven Business Models

03

Incubate business

2 out of 2 ventures passed this phase.

04

Sustainable Business

TaxOnPhone

TaxOnPhone is a mobile and electronic tax system that enables tax declaration and payment through mobile phones for SMEs.

 

More information

Contact
lab-of-tomorrow@giz.de

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