How it works

Find out how sustainable and profitable business models are created in lab of tomorrow processes and where you can get involved.

Kickstarting businesses and development in emerging markets

The lab process

The lab process guides international private sector business ventures to solve concrete problems in developing and emerging countries. In five phases participants are enabled to realise profitable business ideas with a sustainable impact.

Challenge Identification

The lab of tomorrow team and its partners identify a specific current challenge in a developing country or emerging economy.


The lab of tomorrow team conducts user-centred research to deepen understanding of the challenge, its underlying causes and inherent business potential.

Innovation Sprint

Supported by business development coaches you co-create and develop innovative business ideas in small and interdisciplinary teams during an intense 4-days workshop. The teams will pitch their early ideas in front of investors and innovation actors for the first time.

Business Design

Your team’s promising business idea moves into the Business Design phase, during which you refine your business model with the support of the coaches.

Market Pilot

Successfully passing the Business Design phase, your team receives further support to implement your solution on a small scale in the target country.
Teams that are able to proof the viability of their concept are finally enabled to pitch their solutions once more in front of potential investors.

Business Operations

Exiting the lab of tomorrow process, venture teams are in a strong position to scale up their operations independently.