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.

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clean-energy | mexico | solar-pv

Connecting distributed solar PV projects to the Clean Energy Certificate market in Mexico

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Currently running challenges

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

 

Clean-energy | Mexico | Solar-pv
LOT
9

Connecting distributed solar PV projects to the Clean Energy Certificate market in Mexico

This challenge is in phase: Incubate business

How might we generate business models that enable distributed solar PV projects to access the Clean Energy Certificates market?

Clean Energy Certificates (CEL for their Spanish initials) certify a given source of power generation as being a clean energy source (e.g. solar, wind, geothermal). The CEL system grants a certificate for each MWh of electricity produced by a generator using clean energy technologies. Large generators of solar photovoltaic projects are already benefitting from additional income from the sale of CELs, while there are currently no profitable business models that allow small generators - such as solar rooftops in residential and commercial sectors - to benefit from the income of these CELs.

01

Understand

By the end of 2017, the installed capacity of distributed photovoltaic solar energy reached 434 MW and, according to optimistic projections, can reach 6 GW by 2024. This segment could benefit largely from additional income that could be generated from the sale of the Clean Energy Certificates (CELs).

Scroll down and download our insights report (in Spanish) to learn more about the clean energy market and the Clean Energy Certificates (CELs) in Mexico.

 

Business Opportunities

  • Lack of knowledge about Clean Energy Certificates
  • High expenses associated with the certification
  • Amount and value of Clean Energy Certificates
  • Requirements for representation in the certificates market
  • Efficiency of operation and maintenance processes

02

Ideate Solutions

36
Participants
29
Companies
7
Ideas developed
3
Proven Business Models

03

Incubate business

3 of 5 ventures are currently in this phase.
Kintec

Kintec is a platform that digitises solar energy implementation by facilitating investments in the installation of solar panels, especially in underutilised spaces like parking lots, warehouses or unproductive land.

LiCore

LiCore’s D3 platform monitors, indicates and verifies the reduction of carbon emissions nationwide in order to encourage investments in solar power.

Invictus

Invictus is a platform that helps Mexican households and companies choose and commission a solar energy provider and groups together similar projects for better offers.

Clean-energy | Mexico | Solar-pv
LOT
9

Connecting distributed solar PV projects to the Clean Energy Certificate market in Mexico

This challenge is in phase: Incubate business

How might we generate business models that enable distributed solar PV projects to access the Clean Energy Certificates market?

Clean Energy Certificates (CEL for their Spanish initials) certify a given source of power generation as being a clean energy source (e.g. solar, wind, geothermal). The CEL system grants a certificate for each MWh of electricity produced by a generator using clean energy technologies. Large generators of solar photovoltaic projects are already benefitting from additional income from the sale of CELs, while there are currently no profitable business models that allow small generators - such as solar rooftops in residential and commercial sectors - to benefit from the income of these CELs.

01

Understand

By the end of 2017, the installed capacity of distributed photovoltaic solar energy reached 434 MW and, according to optimistic projections, can reach 6 GW by 2024. This segment could benefit largely from additional income that could be generated from the sale of the Clean Energy Certificates (CELs).

Scroll down and download our insights report (in Spanish) to learn more about the clean energy market and the Clean Energy Certificates (CELs) in Mexico.

 

Business Opportunities

  • Lack of knowledge about Clean Energy Certificates
  • High expenses associated with the certification
  • Amount and value of Clean Energy Certificates
  • Requirements for representation in the certificates market
  • Efficiency of operation and maintenance processes

02

Ideate Solutions

36
Participants
29
Companies
7
Ideas developed
3
Proven Business Models

03

Incubate business

3 of 5 ventures are currently in this phase.
Kintec

Kintec is a platform that digitises solar energy implementation by facilitating investments in the installation of solar panels, especially in underutilised spaces like parking lots, warehouses or unproductive land.

LiCore

LiCore’s D3 platform monitors, indicates and verifies the reduction of carbon emissions nationwide in order to encourage investments in solar power.

Invictus

Invictus is a platform that helps Mexican households and companies choose and commission a solar energy provider and groups together similar projects for better offers.

Clean-energy | Mexico | Solar-pv
LOT
9

Connecting distributed solar PV projects to the Clean Energy Certificate market in Mexico

This challenge is in phase: Incubate business

How might we generate business models that enable distributed solar PV projects to access the Clean Energy Certificates market?

Clean Energy Certificates (CEL for their Spanish initials) certify a given source of power generation as being a clean energy source (e.g. solar, wind, geothermal). The CEL system grants a certificate for each MWh of electricity produced by a generator using clean energy technologies. Large generators of solar photovoltaic projects are already benefitting from additional income from the sale of CELs, while there are currently no profitable business models that allow small generators - such as solar rooftops in residential and commercial sectors - to benefit from the income of these CELs.

01

Understand

By the end of 2017, the installed capacity of distributed photovoltaic solar energy reached 434 MW and, according to optimistic projections, can reach 6 GW by 2024. This segment could benefit largely from additional income that could be generated from the sale of the Clean Energy Certificates (CELs).

Scroll down and download our insights report (in Spanish) to learn more about the clean energy market and the Clean Energy Certificates (CELs) in Mexico.

 

Business Opportunities

  • Lack of knowledge about Clean Energy Certificates
  • High expenses associated with the certification
  • Amount and value of Clean Energy Certificates
  • Requirements for representation in the certificates market
  • Efficiency of operation and maintenance processes

02

Ideate Solutions

36
Participants
29
Companies
7
Ideas developed
3
Proven Business Models

03

Incubate business

3 of 5 ventures are currently in this phase.
Kintec

Kintec is a platform that digitises solar energy implementation by facilitating investments in the installation of solar panels, especially in underutilised spaces like parking lots, warehouses or unproductive land.

LiCore

LiCore’s D3 platform monitors, indicates and verifies the reduction of carbon emissions nationwide in order to encourage investments in solar power.

Invictus

Invictus is a platform that helps Mexican households and companies choose and commission a solar energy provider and groups together similar projects for better offers.

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