26–28 June 2017, the Siemens headquarters in Munich: 42 motivated entrepreneurs from Uganda and Europe are united by a common goal – to advance the electrification of Uganda.
Solutions for non-communicable diseases in Kenya
The conditions under which textiles are produced in countries such as India, Bangladesh and Cambodia are widely debated the world over.
Developing joint business ideas and getting successful projects up and running – that's the pledge the Darmstadt-based science and technology company Merck and GIZ agreed to.
More food – less waste
Adults playing with building bricks, tinker telephones from memo pads, re-enact scenes from a bus ride – and therewith find five solutions to Zambia’s taxation problem in the first lab of tomorrow.
Since the end of 2015, ibes works together with the Zambian Tax Authorities on a mobile eTax system. Big steps have been gone and the launch is soon to come.
In Kenya an estimated 64% of approximately 580,000 MT of mango production are wasted, due to different reasons. Wheeling fruits means processing of surplus fruits at farm gate level via a mobile processing unit.
The next phase in the battle against non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in Kenya was launched in May 2017. The innovation workshop held at Merck in Darmstadt just three months earlier provided a forum for entrepreneurs, government representatives and health experts from Kenya and Europe to fine tune a number of potential business ideas.
06.04.2016 – European entrepreneurs, experts from our partner countries and Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH staff are devising digital business models to help drive forward development.
In November 2016, a diverse group of European and Kenyan companies met up in Nairobi in order to tackle the extensive food waste challenge of this country.
What entrepreneurial solutions does Kenya’s health care system really need? From 1 to 3 November, participants in the third lab of tomorrow met in Nairobi, where they tried out their business ideas in real conditions.
"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.“
"The lab of tomorrow brings together companies from Europe and Africa and creates new ideas."
“The lab of tomorrow - Excellent methodology, dedication, innovations and results. Keep it up!”
"The lab of tomorrow is a very innovative method for developing solutions with companies worldwide."
"The lab of tomorrow – Let’s talk energy!“
"The lab of tomorrow has developed many business models that inspire us."
"The lab of tomorrow is a great "laboratory" for the joint implementation of innovative solutions."
"The lab of tomorrow is innovation alive.“
"The lab of tomorrow gave me the chance to have a real impact in Africa on the things that matter.”
"The lab of tomorrow is developing tailor-made solutions for Africa – transferred into business."
“The lab of tomorrow – innovation isn’t just about products; it’s about making the required change happen.”
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.
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.