• © GIZ / Viktor Schanz

    "The lab of tomorrow is a truly enriching experience and a demonstration of the value of teamwork in generating solutions with people from diverse backgrounds. A great experience.“

    Elizabeth Ogaja
    Health minister of the county Kisumu (Kenya)
  • © GIZ / Viktor Schanz

    "The lab of tomorrow brings together companies from Europe and Africa and creates new ideas."

    Günter Nooke
    Personal Representative of the German Chancellor for Africa in the Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
  • “The lab of tomorrow - Excellent methodology, dedication, innovations and results. Keep it up!”

    Berlin Msiska
    Former Zambia Revenue Authority (ZRA) Commissioner-General
  • © GIZ / Viktor Schanz

    "The lab of tomorrow is a very innovative method for developing solutions with companies worldwide."

    Dr. Christoph Beier
    Vice-chair of the management board of Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH (GIZ)
  • "The lab of tomorrow – Let’s talk energy!“

    Magoola Baker Kirunda & Alinc Nurcan
    Corporate Communications Manager - Kainyara Sugar Limited (Kirunda) & Business Development Manager Ugandan Manufacturer Association UMA - CIM Expert (Nurcan)
  • © GIZ / Viktor Schanz

    "The lab of tomorrow has developed many business models that inspire us."

    Dr. Kai Beckmann
    Member of the executive board and chief administration officer at Merck
  • © GIZ / Paul Hahn

    "The lab of tomorrow is a great "laboratory" for the joint implementation of innovative solutions."

    Gunda Amat Amoros
    Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
  • © GIZ / Paul Hahn

    "The lab of tomorrow is innovation alive.“

    Michael Pittelkow
    Executive development policy partner relations at SAP Africa
  • © GIZ / Paul Hahn

    "The lab of tomorrow gave me the chance to have a real impact in Africa on the things that matter.”

    José Ernesto Olmeda Pereira
    ibes AG
  • © GIZ / photographer: Martin Hangen

    "The lab of tomorrow is developing tailor-made solutions for Africa – transferred into business."

    Sabine Dall’Omo
    CEO at SIEMENS South Africa
  • © GIZ/Tristan Vostry

    “The lab of tomorrow – innovation isn’t just about products; it’s about making the required change happen.”

    Lilian Mbau
    Project Manager & NCD Programme Advisor at AMREF


Business Model Innovation in the Era of Sustainable Development Goals

Together with UX Berlin and ESCP Business School we show how values-based Innovation management can be applied to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. This paper includes a classification system for business model innovation in the context of development cooperation.

Business Model Innovation in the Era of Sustainable Development Goals



Risk checklist - Guidelines for effective management of the risks associated with new business projects in developing countries

Together with Deloitte, who also participated in our previous labs, we have developed a toolbox for effective risk minimization for entrepreneurs with a project in a developing country or emerging market. The toolbox addresses risks during all steps of project planning.

Risk minimization tool box



OECD - Private sector engagement for sustainable development: Lessons from the DAC

Creating opportunities for innovation: US and German approaches

Germany and the United States have launched initiatives that aim to facilitate the development of innovative solutions to development challenges by bringing together a range of private sector and other stakeholders. These initiatives are structured to enable participants to identify and co-create solutions that are then backed and tested by the government with the goal of facilitating scale-up of successful solutions by private sector actors and other partners.

Germany makes use of the lab of tomorrow to bring together private sector stakeholders and others to identify solutions to development challenges. The lab uses unique buildings and spaces to bring participants together to workshop potential business models to address challenges. GIZ, which implements the lab, identifies challenges but leaves it up to private sector partners to identify the solutions. Solutions are then backed up with financial and technical assistance commitments by GIZ for further development.

USAID uses its Broad Agency Announcements – amongst other approaches and mechanisms – to collaborate and promote innovation with the private sector and other organisations to address development challenges without clearly defined solutions. Under this approach, the private sector is invited to submit solutions to development challenges. The approach encourages private partners to co-define problems and co-create solutions with the government, including through the use of system-level thinking.

OECD-Peer-Review: „Private Sector Engagement for Sustainable Development: Lessons from the DAC"