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
18
egypt | packaging | sustainability

Innovative and sustainable packaging for food processing industries in Egypt

How can we reduce the negative environmental impact of the food packaging industry by fostering alternative solutions?

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Currently running challenges

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

 

Egypt | Packaging | Sustainability
LOT
18

Innovative and sustainable packaging for food processing industries in Egypt

This challenge is in phase: Ideate Solutions

How can we reduce the negative environmental impact of the food packaging industry by fostering alternative solutions that are more sustainable and thereby provide Egyptian companies with increased opportunities for export to the European market? 

Egypt still produces 5.4 million tons of plastic waste, making it the largest plastic polluter in the Arab world. High costs for sustainable packaging combined with low consumer awareness lead to a lack of compliance with EU regulations. The lab of tomorrow 18 seeks to address these challenges and find low-threshold and scalable solutions to produce sustainable packaging at low cost and make it available on the market.


 

Partners

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Understand

In Egypt, the packaging sector mainly relies on plastic and chemical textile fabrics to meet the required packaging production. This is compounded because of the extensive cost of cardboard/paper and wooden boxes. As a result, few large companies are financially able to comply with the EU regulation on sustainable packaging. In addition, awareness of sustainability is limited in many sections of the population, which means that customer demand for sustainable materials is low. It is correspondingly more difficult to pass on the higher costs for sustainable materials to the consumer.

This underscores why Egypt is currently working on a strategy to reduce single-use plastics. The government's 2030 strategy is aimed at developing the industrial ecosystem into a greener and more sustainable system. While consumer awareness is growing, increasing regulations make it easier for new sustainable products to enter the market. These circumstances outline the need for the lab of tomorrow 18 that aims to address the challenge of sustainable food packaging by bringing together companies from the EU and Egypt to jointly develop business solutions.

Business Opportunities

02

Ideate Solutions

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Egypt | Packaging | Sustainability
LOT
18

Innovative and sustainable packaging for food processing industries in Egypt

This challenge is in phase: Ideate Solutions

How can we reduce the negative environmental impact of the food packaging industry by fostering alternative solutions that are more sustainable and thereby provide Egyptian companies with increased opportunities for export to the European market? 

Egypt still produces 5.4 million tons of plastic waste, making it the largest plastic polluter in the Arab world. High costs for sustainable packaging combined with low consumer awareness lead to a lack of compliance with EU regulations. The lab of tomorrow 18 seeks to address these challenges and find low-threshold and scalable solutions to produce sustainable packaging at low cost and make it available on the market.


 

Partners

01

Understand

In Egypt, the packaging sector mainly relies on plastic and chemical textile fabrics to meet the required packaging production. This is compounded because of the extensive cost of cardboard/paper and wooden boxes. As a result, few large companies are financially able to comply with the EU regulation on sustainable packaging. In addition, awareness of sustainability is limited in many sections of the population, which means that customer demand for sustainable materials is low. It is correspondingly more difficult to pass on the higher costs for sustainable materials to the consumer.

This underscores why Egypt is currently working on a strategy to reduce single-use plastics. The government's 2030 strategy is aimed at developing the industrial ecosystem into a greener and more sustainable system. While consumer awareness is growing, increasing regulations make it easier for new sustainable products to enter the market. These circumstances outline the need for the lab of tomorrow 18 that aims to address the challenge of sustainable food packaging by bringing together companies from the EU and Egypt to jointly develop business solutions.

Business Opportunities

02

Ideate Solutions

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Egypt | Packaging | Sustainability
LOT
18

Innovative and sustainable packaging for food processing industries in Egypt

This challenge is in phase: Ideate Solutions

How can we reduce the negative environmental impact of the food packaging industry by fostering alternative solutions that are more sustainable and thereby provide Egyptian companies with increased opportunities for export to the European market? 

Egypt still produces 5.4 million tons of plastic waste, making it the largest plastic polluter in the Arab world. High costs for sustainable packaging combined with low consumer awareness lead to a lack of compliance with EU regulations. The lab of tomorrow 18 seeks to address these challenges and find low-threshold and scalable solutions to produce sustainable packaging at low cost and make it available on the market.


 

Partners

01

Understand

In Egypt, the packaging sector mainly relies on plastic and chemical textile fabrics to meet the required packaging production. This is compounded because of the extensive cost of cardboard/paper and wooden boxes. As a result, few large companies are financially able to comply with the EU regulation on sustainable packaging. In addition, awareness of sustainability is limited in many sections of the population, which means that customer demand for sustainable materials is low. It is correspondingly more difficult to pass on the higher costs for sustainable materials to the consumer.

This underscores why Egypt is currently working on a strategy to reduce single-use plastics. The government's 2030 strategy is aimed at developing the industrial ecosystem into a greener and more sustainable system. While consumer awareness is growing, increasing regulations make it easier for new sustainable products to enter the market. These circumstances outline the need for the lab of tomorrow 18 that aims to address the challenge of sustainable food packaging by bringing together companies from the EU and Egypt to jointly develop business solutions.

Business Opportunities

02

Ideate Solutions

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