a. You suggest a challenge faced by your project (click here to see examples of previous challenges)
The suggestion includes:
- a brief description of the problem
- the target groups affected by this problem
- the stakeholders that are relevant to this problem
- initial ideas regarding European companies that could play a part in the respective area; existing contacts, if possible
- reasons why you think the problem exists and hasn't been resolved yet
b. We discuss your suggestion with you, and consider:
- Is your problem described in a way that leaves room for creative solutions?
- Does the problem affect one of your project's indicators?
- Is there an opening for European companies to contribute with their expertise or technologies to the resolution of the problem?
- Apart from your project, what other actors might also have ownership for this problem (other GIZ projects, companies, foundations, civil society, other donors, multilateral organisations)?
- The financial resources needed for a lab of tomorrow process (EUR 80,000 to EUR 200,000)
- The work involved (research, workshop, testing and piloting)
- Possibilities of finding a partner company to co-finance the lab (a partner company is a company whose business is also negatively affected by the problem you identify)
c. If the assessment is positive, we will work with you to eloborate sub-challenges of the problem as the basis for a collective lab of tomorrow.
For a detailed understanding of the problem and its causes, we carry out research with your assistance, focusing on the relevant stakeholders of each sub-challenge.
3. Innovation workshop
- In response to your requirements, we secure the participation of experts from the public and private sector in a three-day innovation workshop.
- We organise the innovation workshop, where interdisciplinary teams develop business ideas as solutions to the sub-challenges.
- At least one representative of your project takes part in the workshop, where you have the chance to define the criteria for the necessary solutions.
- You decide which of the business ideas you want to finance in order to carry them forward during the test phase.
4. Test phase
Together with you, we support the design team in the further development of the selected business ideas, allotting time, human resources and financial means for the test phase in the target country (e.g. for feasibility studies, user tests, field research, etc.)
5. Pilot phase
If the business idea meets your demands during the test phase, you may then support the design team in launching the business model in the target country, to obtain proof of its viability (‘proof of concept’).
The lab of tomorrow process intends to achieve the long-term implementation of the business idea in the partner country, thereby creating shared value for your company and for the country’s development.
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