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.

LOT
17
e-commerce | nigeria | transport

Intercity and last-mile transport services for people and goods in Nigeria

How might we improve intercity and last-mile transport services for people and goods in Nigeria?

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Currently running challenges

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

 

E-commerce | Nigeria | Transport
LOT
17

Intercity and last-mile transport services for people and goods in Nigeria

This challenge is in phase: Ideate Solutions

How might we improve intercity and last-mile transport services for people and goods in Nigeria?

The transport and e-commerce sectors are crucial for economic and social development in Nigeria, and they are currently booming. As of today, intercity transport services in Nigeria have been dominated by private operators. Informal and demand-driven para transit services consisting of minibuses, shared taxis, motorized three-wheelers, and motorcycle taxi are predominant in urban transport. The  17th lab aims to improve the transport of passengers and goods with a focus on digital trade.

 

Partners

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Understand

Nigeria's e-commerce and online trading market is worth about 13 billion USD today and is expected to rise to 50 billion USD in the next 10 years. Also, the logistics sector has witnesses significant growth with a rise of 140 million USD from 2017 to over 696 million USD in 2018. Both are essential ingredients to enhanced productivity. Transport services, as the backbone of economic growth, must adopt intelligent technologies to meet customer needs. Modern transport services in Nigeria are predominantly demand driven and informal, operated by private operators. Urban transport therefore consists mainly of para transit services such as minibuses, shared taxis, motorised tricycles and motorcycle taxis. These services are characterised by poor fleet quality, inefficiency, low profitability, under-investment, and negative effects on the environment.  Another issue is the lack of transparency, which makes the development of business relations difficult.

The lab of tomorrow #17 aims to tackle these challenges at the intersection of the transport of passengers and goods, with a focus on digital trade. Specifically, e-commerce would profit from alternative means of delivery, more security in payment systems, and stronger cooperation between the e-commerce service providers and delivery services. These tasks require tailor-made solutions which can be provided by the private sector. There is great potential for business development, i.e., in the areas of platform solutions, insurance or  logistics, which in turn create employment opportunities, support recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and tackle development barriers. 

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02

Ideate Solutions

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E-commerce | Nigeria | Transport
LOT
17

Intercity and last-mile transport services for people and goods in Nigeria

This challenge is in phase: Ideate Solutions

How might we improve intercity and last-mile transport services for people and goods in Nigeria?

The transport and e-commerce sectors are crucial for economic and social development in Nigeria, and they are currently booming. As of today, intercity transport services in Nigeria have been dominated by private operators. Informal and demand-driven para transit services consisting of minibuses, shared taxis, motorized three-wheelers, and motorcycle taxi are predominant in urban transport. The  17th lab aims to improve the transport of passengers and goods with a focus on digital trade.

 

Partners

01

Understand

Nigeria's e-commerce and online trading market is worth about 13 billion USD today and is expected to rise to 50 billion USD in the next 10 years. Also, the logistics sector has witnesses significant growth with a rise of 140 million USD from 2017 to over 696 million USD in 2018. Both are essential ingredients to enhanced productivity. Transport services, as the backbone of economic growth, must adopt intelligent technologies to meet customer needs. Modern transport services in Nigeria are predominantly demand driven and informal, operated by private operators. Urban transport therefore consists mainly of para transit services such as minibuses, shared taxis, motorised tricycles and motorcycle taxis. These services are characterised by poor fleet quality, inefficiency, low profitability, under-investment, and negative effects on the environment.  Another issue is the lack of transparency, which makes the development of business relations difficult.

The lab of tomorrow #17 aims to tackle these challenges at the intersection of the transport of passengers and goods, with a focus on digital trade. Specifically, e-commerce would profit from alternative means of delivery, more security in payment systems, and stronger cooperation between the e-commerce service providers and delivery services. These tasks require tailor-made solutions which can be provided by the private sector. There is great potential for business development, i.e., in the areas of platform solutions, insurance or  logistics, which in turn create employment opportunities, support recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and tackle development barriers. 

Business Opportunities

02

Ideate Solutions

More information

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E-commerce | Nigeria | Transport
LOT
17

Intercity and last-mile transport services for people and goods in Nigeria

This challenge is in phase: Ideate Solutions

How might we improve intercity and last-mile transport services for people and goods in Nigeria?

The transport and e-commerce sectors are crucial for economic and social development in Nigeria, and they are currently booming. As of today, intercity transport services in Nigeria have been dominated by private operators. Informal and demand-driven para transit services consisting of minibuses, shared taxis, motorized three-wheelers, and motorcycle taxi are predominant in urban transport. The  17th lab aims to improve the transport of passengers and goods with a focus on digital trade.

 

Partners

01

Understand

Nigeria's e-commerce and online trading market is worth about 13 billion USD today and is expected to rise to 50 billion USD in the next 10 years. Also, the logistics sector has witnesses significant growth with a rise of 140 million USD from 2017 to over 696 million USD in 2018. Both are essential ingredients to enhanced productivity. Transport services, as the backbone of economic growth, must adopt intelligent technologies to meet customer needs. Modern transport services in Nigeria are predominantly demand driven and informal, operated by private operators. Urban transport therefore consists mainly of para transit services such as minibuses, shared taxis, motorised tricycles and motorcycle taxis. These services are characterised by poor fleet quality, inefficiency, low profitability, under-investment, and negative effects on the environment.  Another issue is the lack of transparency, which makes the development of business relations difficult.

The lab of tomorrow #17 aims to tackle these challenges at the intersection of the transport of passengers and goods, with a focus on digital trade. Specifically, e-commerce would profit from alternative means of delivery, more security in payment systems, and stronger cooperation between the e-commerce service providers and delivery services. These tasks require tailor-made solutions which can be provided by the private sector. There is great potential for business development, i.e., in the areas of platform solutions, insurance or  logistics, which in turn create employment opportunities, support recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and tackle development barriers. 

Business Opportunities

02

Ideate Solutions

More information

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