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Beyond Organizational Scale : Sproxil Celebrates Launch Of Schwab Foundation Report

 The world is a better place because of the people who have made it so.  A portion of these people are social entrepreneurs; men and women using the principles of business to run organizations whose goal is improving the quality of life. Social entrepreneurs understand that the world is a network of complicated systems interacting with each other to give the results that many accept as reality. For many, the need to improve this reality is what inspires what they do, so they study, analyze and integrate themselves into the system to begin to influence it. 

The process of influencing systems is often riddled with bureaucracy, cultural resistance, and outright antagonism. Sometimes they start to see results, real life validation that the work they do is veritably changing an element of the system. Naturally following this is the desire to scale operations; geographically for example, so that more people can benefit from the solution, thus increasing its impact. However, in some cases that will never be enough. And while their organizations might be thriving by strict business definitions, the frustration that comes with this realization always leaves more to be desired.


Confronting the complicated and often resistant systems that stand in the way of social impact is difficult enough, but some social entrepreneurs are taking an even more subversive approach: seeking to change the system itself. Rather than brainstorming solutions that are scalable organizationally, these social change agents look at how their solutions can be structured to achieve systemic scale. It begins with a reorientation so fundamental that it sometimes requires a reworking of the business model itself or establishment of a whole new organization to address the problem.


In 2010 when Sproxil introduced its anti-counterfeiting solution to Nigeria, a pilot was run with Biofem, a leading pharmaceutical distributor. The results were so good that the Nigerian government didn’t only endorse the solution but implemented legislation that compelled manufacturers or distributors of certain pharmaceutical products to adopt the technology. 
If these results were scaled to cover the rest of the world, for instance, the pharmaceutical industry would be secure. However, even a cursory look at the number of products which can lead to fatal outcomes if their counterfeits are ingested still show millions of consumer products largely uncovered, not to mention the economic loss to brands. 


Even if all governments were as centralized and thus powerful as the Nigerian government, they could not compel every manufacturer to adopt consumer protection solutions. A new product needed to be created with which Sproxil could engage brands directly, with enough value added to incentivize them positively. With the Sproxil Champion solution, Sproxil can engage manufacturers of other consumer products on a much wider scale and influence the system to ensure a lot of brands can provide authentic products to their customers. This is one among many examples of systems thinking detailed in the Schwab report.


As more social entrepreneurs converge around the idea of ‘systems change’ the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship, in collaboration with the Bertha Centre for Social Innovation & Entrepreneurship, UCT  Graduate School of Business, has put together ‘Social Entrepreneurship and Systems Entrepreneurship: From Organizational to Systemic Scale’ an insight report launched on the 2nd of May, to help social entrepreneurs  understand systems change thinking. 


Alongside Sproxil, five other social entrepreneurship from various continents were researched, and their case studies, as well as core lessons from their examples,  are included in the report, which will be very helpful reference material for social entrepreneurs.
Sproxil is honored to have been among the six social enterprises that were the subject of this study. We would like to thank the Schwab Foundation, the Bertha Centre for Social Innovation & Entrepreneurship, and every person who put in the time or lent their expertise to this project. We hope this report inspires you to be systemic in your thinking so that we can generate even more innovative ideas for changing the world on a broader scale.

Sproxil gets Honorable Mention at IBM SmartCamp Global Entrepreneurship Awards

After a fantastic week in Ireland, we are glad to announce that we received one of the two honorable mentions at IBM's Global SmartCamp finals. IBM's corporate strategy to identify startups that are making the planet smarter is rather inspiring, shedding light on some problems largely unknown being solved with intelligent, instrumented and interconnected systems. In a smarter planet:

  • Loggers will only cut trees they need to fulfill an order. Instead of storing felled trees over large areas of land, they can store their logs as living trees, know exactly which trees will give them the optimal number of planks (of the right dimensions) and cut the trees just in time, not "just in case". [TreeMetrics]
  • We'll all be able to get a parking space in no time and know that there's a free parking spot 3 blocks away. If you are a city official, your parking enforcement staff will be able to give out parking tickets right as the meter expires, with pinpoint GPS accuracy, bringing in more revenue for the state. [Streetline]
  • Medical record software will look as great as iPad applications and healthcare professions will have more timely information to make better diagnoses. Doctors can also benefit from social networks to share information securely and reduce the costs of healthcare. [CareCloud]
  • Scientist will spend fewer frustrating hours locating the numerous images they have taken. CTRL+F may be put on life support. [VisioHost]
  • We still need oil & gas to drive today's economies. More accurate seismic measurements using a network of portable, smart sensors smaller than a shoebox will help minimize the economic impact of oil exploration and smoothen our transition to a green economy. [World Sensing]
  • You'll know if your tap water is any good even before a drop gets to your house. [Predect]
  • Care to challenge your energy company when you get suspiciously large bills, similar to what you can do with credit card statements or cell phone bills? Matchbox-sized self-powered snap on sensors will measure every bolt of electricity you use, and will bring transparency to utility bills by itemizing electricity bills. [Panoramic Power]
  • "Knock and listen" is a dinosaur-era way of finding out how much stuff is left in a tank. You'll never have to use a stick to judge how much oil/feedstock/coolant you have left in a container - you'll be able to optimize deliveries, minimizing waste. [LindCom]

And lastly, you'll be smarter than a counterfeiter. [Sproxil]

Congratulations to Streetline (global winners) and all the regional winners for making this world smarter. Everyone benefits on a smarter planet.

Sproxil Selected By Entrepreneurs, Investors and Industry Experts as Boston’s “Smartest” Start-Up

Contact:Amanda Griffith Bumble PR 617-851-8335 (direct) amanda@bumblepr.com

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SPROXIL, INC. WINS BOSTON IBM SMARTCAMP EVENT

Company Selected By Entrepreneurs, Investors and Industry Experts as City’s “Smartest” Start-Up

Somerville, MA, June 3, 2010 — Sproxil, Inc. today announced that it has won IBM’s SmartCamp Boston, held on June 3, 2010. IBM’s SmartCamps bring together five start-ups with 25 world-class entrepreneurs, investors and industry experts for a single day to work to build a Smarter Planet. The objective of the program is help companies build an ‘investor ready’ commercial proposition to secure funding, with winners eligible for a three-month IBM mentorship program.

Sproxil’s Mobile Product AuthenticationTM (MPA) solution enables consumers to text message an item-unique code for a rapid response that confirms a brand’s genuineness. For example, in Nigeria, consumers purchase medications with a scratch card attached to the package.  They then scratch and text the unique numbers on the scratch card to a shortcode to instantly receive an SMS reply confirming the genuineness or fakeness of the product. To date, the company has coded more than 800,000 packages of Glucophage, used to treat diabetes.

“IBM’s SmartCamp provided a unique opportunity for Sproxil to gain valuable feedback from some of the industry’s greatest minds about our vision of using technology to help solve the world’s counterfeit pharmaceuticals problem,” said Ashifi Gogo, CEO of Sproxil, Inc. “Winning Boston’s event validates our  offering as an easy, simple-to-use solution that holds great promise for other industries as well. We look forward to continuing these strategic discussions in Dublin this November.”

Sproxil competed alongside myriad companies during this exclusive event, including the four other innovative start-up finalists – Sendsor, SkyMeter, Proxpro, and GIS Cloud – to take top honors in Boston. IBM SmartCamp events will also be held in Tel Aviv, London, Silicon Valley and Paris, with one winner from each city selected to travel to Dublin, Ireland this Fall to compete for the title of “The World’s Smartest Startup.”

About Sproxil

Sproxil, Inc., a privately backed organization, provides world-class brand protection for emerging markets through software and services that work anywhere there are mobile phones. Simple, easy to use and with no consumer capital investment, Sproxil offers a comprehensive anti-counterfeiting strategy for cash-based societies. Delivering automatic protection, simple labels and robust back-end analytics with its Mobile Product AuthenticationTM (MPA) solution, Sproxil enables consumers to text message an item-unique code for a rapid response that confirms a brand’s genuineness. Our solution also helps companies connect directly to their consumers through customized text message responses – such as disease management tips – and ads that specifically target those demographics with known buying behaviors. Learn more at www.sproxil.com.

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Sproxil Selected By Entrepreneurs, Investors and Industry Experts as Boston’s “Smartest” Start-Up

Contact:Amanda Griffith Bumble PR 617-851-8335 (direct) amanda@bumblepr.com

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SPROXIL, INC. WINS BOSTON IBM SMARTCAMP EVENT

Company Selected By Entrepreneurs, Investors and Industry Experts as City’s “Smartest” Start-Up

Somerville, MA, June 3, 2010 — Sproxil, Inc. today announced that it has won IBM’s SmartCamp Boston, held on June 3, 2010. IBM’s SmartCamps bring together five start-ups with 25 world-class entrepreneurs, investors and industry experts for a single day to work to build a Smarter Planet. The objective of the program is help companies build an ‘investor ready’ commercial proposition to secure funding, with winners eligible for a three-month IBM mentorship program.

Sproxil’s Mobile Product AuthenticationTM (MPA) solution enables consumers to text message an item-unique code for a rapid response that confirms a brand’s genuineness. For example, in Nigeria, consumers purchase medications with a scratch card attached to the package.  They then scratch and text the unique numbers on the scratch card to a shortcode to instantly receive an SMS reply confirming the genuineness or fakeness of the product. To date, the company has coded more than 800,000 packages of Glucophage, used to treat diabetes.

“IBM’s SmartCamp provided a unique opportunity for Sproxil to gain valuable feedback from some of the industry’s greatest minds about our vision of using technology to help solve the world’s counterfeit pharmaceuticals problem,” said Ashifi Gogo, CEO of Sproxil, Inc. “Winning Boston’s event validates our  offering as an easy, simple-to-use solution that holds great promise for other industries as well. We look forward to continuing these strategic discussions in Dublin this November.”

Sproxil competed alongside myriad companies during this exclusive event, including the four other innovative start-up finalists – Sendsor, SkyMeter, Proxpro, and GIS Cloud – to take top honors in Boston. IBM SmartCamp events will also be held in Tel Aviv, London, Silicon Valley and Paris, with one winner from each city selected to travel to Dublin, Ireland this Fall to compete for the title of “The World’s Smartest Startup.”

About Sproxil

Sproxil, Inc., a privately backed organization, provides world-class brand protection for emerging markets through software and services that work anywhere there are mobile phones. Simple, easy to use and with no consumer capital investment, Sproxil offers a comprehensive anti-counterfeiting strategy for cash-based societies. Delivering automatic protection, simple labels and robust back-end analytics with its Mobile Product AuthenticationTM (MPA) solution, Sproxil enables consumers to text message an item-unique code for a rapid response that confirms a brand’s genuineness. Our solution also helps companies connect directly to their consumers through customized text message responses – such as disease management tips – and ads that specifically target those demographics with known buying behaviors. Learn more at www.sproxil.com.

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Sproxil Wins Two Awards at MITX

Contact:

Jessica Winston MITX 617.871.2155 ext. 208 jessica@mitx.org Amanda Griffith Bumble PR 617-851-8335 (direct) amanda@bumblepr.com

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SPROXIL, INC. RECOGNIZED IN THE MOBILE INFRASTRUCTURE CATEGORY AND WITH “PROMISE” AT THE 2010 MITX TECHNOLOGY AWARDS

Seventh Annual Awards Celebrates New England’s Most Inventive Technology Advancements

Cambridge, MA, June 3, 2010 — Sproxil, Inc. has been selected as a winner in the 7th Annual MITX Technology Awards in the Mobile Infrastructure category, in addition to receiving one of three PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) Promise Awards. The program kicked off New England Innovation Month by lauding local development and implementation of technologies in the digital industry. Winners were announced in eleven categories, in addition to several “Best of” awards and PwC Promise Awards, at the ceremony attended by more than 350 industry professionals held on June 2nd at the Marriott Copley Plaza in Boston.

Simple, easy to use and with no consumer capital investment, Sproxil, a privately-held company, offers an anti-counterfeiting service for cash-based societies, one that can be used anywhere mobile phones exist. Its Mobile Product Authentication™ (MPA) solution enables consumers to text message an item-unique code for a rapid response that confirms a brand’s genuineness and legitimacy.

“Often, people are focused on solutions that impact our own daily lives here in New England. Winning these prestigious awards for an international application will assist in our efforts to raise awareness for the importance of using technology to help save lives in developing nations,” said Ashifi Gogo, CEO of Sproxil. “As a young organization, we’re ecstatic to receive this recognition from our peers and we congratulate the other finalists for their equally impressive technologies and solutions.”

“The Finalists and Winners of the MITX Technology Awards are some of the most dynamic, creative thinking companies in the digital space, introducing solutions and advancements that embody what the Mass Tech Hub stands for – a hub of technology excellence, innovation and collaboration,” said Kiki Mills, president of MITX. “MITX advocates for their recognition and growth, as they are a vital contributor to the region’s economy and clout in the technology industry.”

The MITX Technology Awards program is sponsored through the generous support of: The Atom Group, Compete, DLA Piper, LEWIS PR, Onward Search, and PricewaterhouseCoopers. Creative and Supporting partners also included: Command Identity and Brand Design, Corey Mechanic, Height&Hands, massAV, and VentureFizz.

For the complete list of winners and other information please visit the MITX Awards Web site.

About Sproxil

Sproxil, Inc., a privately backed organization, provides world-class brand protection for emerging markets through software and services that work anywhere there are mobile phones. Simple, easy to use and with no consumer capital investment, Sproxil offers a comprehensive anti-counterfeiting strategy for cash-based societies. Delivering automatic protection, simple labels and robust back-end analytics with its Mobile Product AuthenticationTM (MPA) solution, Sproxil enables consumers to text message an item-unique code for a rapid response that confirms a brand’s genuineness. Our solution also helps companies connect directly to their consumers through customized text message responses – such as disease management tips – and ads that specifically target those demographics with known buying behaviors. Learn more at www.sproxil.com.

About MITX Established in 1996, The Massachusetts Innovation & Technology Exchange (MITX) is the region’s premier professional organization for the Internet business and marketing industry. Reaching more than 7,500 professionals in New England, MITX is the community for thought leadership, building business relationships and professional training and development. Members of the MITX community take advantage of events, sponsorships, speaking opportunities and networking to make business connections and exchange ideas. With more than 60 events annually, MITX provides its members with the opportunity to promote their companies to targeted audiences and provides a valuable forum for networking with other likeminded peers to source potential business leads, partnerships, ideas, and funding. MITX is headquartered in Cambridge, MA. Visit us at www.mitx.org.

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Download as PDF. See our company profile at MITX.org.

Sproxil Wins Two Awards at MITX

Contact:

Jessica Winston MITX 617.871.2155 ext. 208 jessica@mitx.org Amanda Griffith Bumble PR 617-851-8335 (direct) amanda@bumblepr.com

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

SPROXIL, INC. RECOGNIZED IN THE MOBILE INFRASTRUCTURE CATEGORY AND WITH “PROMISE” AT THE 2010 MITX TECHNOLOGY AWARDS

Seventh Annual Awards Celebrates New England’s Most Inventive Technology Advancements

Cambridge, MA, June 3, 2010 — Sproxil, Inc. has been selected as a winner in the 7th Annual MITX Technology Awards in the Mobile Infrastructure category, in addition to receiving one of three PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) Promise Awards. The program kicked off New England Innovation Month by lauding local development and implementation of technologies in the digital industry. Winners were announced in eleven categories, in addition to several “Best of” awards and PwC Promise Awards, at the ceremony attended by more than 350 industry professionals held on June 2nd at the Marriott Copley Plaza in Boston.

Simple, easy to use and with no consumer capital investment, Sproxil, a privately-held company, offers an anti-counterfeiting service for cash-based societies, one that can be used anywhere mobile phones exist. Its Mobile Product Authentication™ (MPA) solution enables consumers to text message an item-unique code for a rapid response that confirms a brand’s genuineness and legitimacy.

“Often, people are focused on solutions that impact our own daily lives here in New England. Winning these prestigious awards for an international application will assist in our efforts to raise awareness for the importance of using technology to help save lives in developing nations,” said Ashifi Gogo, CEO of Sproxil. “As a young organization, we’re ecstatic to receive this recognition from our peers and we congratulate the other finalists for their equally impressive technologies and solutions.”

“The Finalists and Winners of the MITX Technology Awards are some of the most dynamic, creative thinking companies in the digital space, introducing solutions and advancements that embody what the Mass Tech Hub stands for – a hub of technology excellence, innovation and collaboration,” said Kiki Mills, president of MITX. “MITX advocates for their recognition and growth, as they are a vital contributor to the region’s economy and clout in the technology industry.”

The MITX Technology Awards program is sponsored through the generous support of: The Atom Group, Compete, DLA Piper, LEWIS PR, Onward Search, and PricewaterhouseCoopers. Creative and Supporting partners also included: Command Identity and Brand Design, Corey Mechanic, Height&Hands, massAV, and VentureFizz.

For the complete list of winners and other information please visit the MITX Awards Web site.

About Sproxil

Sproxil, Inc., a privately backed organization, provides world-class brand protection for emerging markets through software and services that work anywhere there are mobile phones. Simple, easy to use and with no consumer capital investment, Sproxil offers a comprehensive anti-counterfeiting strategy for cash-based societies. Delivering automatic protection, simple labels and robust back-end analytics with its Mobile Product AuthenticationTM (MPA) solution, Sproxil enables consumers to text message an item-unique code for a rapid response that confirms a brand’s genuineness. Our solution also helps companies connect directly to their consumers through customized text message responses – such as disease management tips – and ads that specifically target those demographics with known buying behaviors. Learn more at www.sproxil.com.

About MITX Established in 1996, The Massachusetts Innovation & Technology Exchange (MITX) is the region’s premier professional organization for the Internet business and marketing industry. Reaching more than 7,500 professionals in New England, MITX is the community for thought leadership, building business relationships and professional training and development. Members of the MITX community take advantage of events, sponsorships, speaking opportunities and networking to make business connections and exchange ideas. With more than 60 events annually, MITX provides its members with the opportunity to promote their companies to targeted audiences and provides a valuable forum for networking with other likeminded peers to source potential business leads, partnerships, ideas, and funding. MITX is headquartered in Cambridge, MA. Visit us at www.mitx.org.

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Download as PDF. See our company profile at MITX.org.

Sproxil + IBM

We are glad to announce that we are a finalist at IBM's renowned SmartCamp where the world can meet its smartest start-ups!

From the IBM SmartCamp website:

One selected company from each [IBM city SmartCamp] will be invited to SmartCamp week in Dublin (Ireland) in November where one will be named “The World’s Smartest Start-up”.

We will spend time this week at IBM's Innovation Center networking with 25 world-class entrepreneurs, investors and industry experts as we evaluate partnership possibilities with IBM. The SmartCamp program helps IBM locate high-impact companies that IBM finds interesting in several ways. Given that our technology is built on the cloud and that it's already been deployed and scaled nationwide, there are already prime areas of synergy between Sproxil and IBM.

Sproxil is in the running to be named the World's Smartest Start-up as viewed by corporate giant and technology innovator IBM!

Update: See us and the other four finalists on the SmartCamp blog

Sproxil + IBM

We are glad to announce that we are a finalist at IBM's renowned SmartCamp where the world can meet its smartest start-ups!

From the IBM SmartCamp website:

One selected company from each [IBM city SmartCamp] will be invited to SmartCamp week in Dublin (Ireland) in November where one will be named “The World’s Smartest Start-up”.

We will spend time this week at IBM's Innovation Center networking with 25 world-class entrepreneurs, investors and industry experts as we evaluate partnership possibilities with IBM. The SmartCamp program helps IBM locate high-impact companies that IBM finds interesting in several ways. Given that our technology is built on the cloud and that it's already been deployed and scaled nationwide, there are already prime areas of synergy between Sproxil and IBM.

Sproxil is in the running to be named the World's Smartest Start-up as viewed by corporate giant and technology innovator IBM!

Update: See us and the other four finalists on the SmartCamp blog

Merck's Glucophage Case Study now Online

We are glad to inform you that the Glucophage case study is now online. Learn why BIOFEM Pharmaceuticals Ltd., sole distributors of Merck products in Nigeria, signed on to use Sproxil's MPA technology and how they increased their sales by over 10% in just 100 days. From the case study:

Since 2008, Glucophage sales had fallen by 75%, “more or less the main reason being counterfeit drugs,” according to Merck spokesperson Gangolf Schrimpf.  After  just 100 days of  using Sproxil’s solution, Glucophage sales in Nigeria increased by over 10%.
Download it here.

Merck's Glucophage Case Study now Online

We are glad to inform you that the Glucophage case study is now online. Learn why BIOFEM Pharmaceuticals Ltd., sole distributors of Merck products in Nigeria, signed on to use Sproxil's MPA technology and how they increased their sales by over 10% in just 100 days. From the case study:

Since 2008, Glucophage sales had fallen by 75%, “more or less the main reason being counterfeit drugs,” according to Merck spokesperson Gangolf Schrimpf.  After  just 100 days of  using Sproxil’s solution, Glucophage sales in Nigeria increased by over 10%.
Download it here.

Sproxil's CEO Panelist on GIPC Speaker Series: "The Global Trade of Counterfeit Medicines in the Developing World"

The Global Intellectual Property Center at the US Chamber of Commerce is hosting Dr. Roger Bate, a fellow at the American Enterprise Institute and a leading researcher on the challenges of counterfeit medication in health systems. We are excited to hear about his latest research on fake drugs in India, and looking forward to contributing to key discussions that move the anti-counterfeiting field forward as we join him on the post-talk panel.

If you're in DC this week and you're interested in the $75 billion fake drug problem, attending this event would be great use of your time. Register here.

Update: See the related blog post here

Sproxil's CEO Panelist on GIPC Speaker Series: "The Global Trade of Counterfeit Medicines in the Developing World"

The Global Intellectual Property Center at the US Chamber of Commerce is hosting Dr. Roger Bate, a fellow at the American Enterprise Institute and a leading researcher on the challenges of counterfeit medication in health systems. We are excited to hear about his latest research on fake drugs in India, and looking forward to contributing to key discussions that move the anti-counterfeiting field forward as we join him on the post-talk panel.

If you're in DC this week and you're interested in the $75 billion fake drug problem, attending this event would be great use of your time. Register here.

Update: See the related blog post here

Sproxil's CFO & Strategist to Present at Health Informatics Forum: Innovative Tools for Informed Decisions

We are glad to announce that Sproxil will be presenting at the Health Informatics Forum, organized by the Futures Group. We are glad to be collaborating with the Futures Group to highlight tools that leverage available equipment and local knowledge in developing nations to solve rather large problems.

More on the forum:

Health informatics synthesizes relevant information technology tools with an understanding of health information and how it can be used to support better decisions and better health outcomes. The Health Informatics Forum will provide a hands-on opportunity to exchange ideas on informatics applications used in settings with low technical capacities and discuss how these tools inform decisionmakers at every level, from community health workers to policymakers.

See you in DC on June 3.

Sproxil's CFO & Strategist to Present at Health Informatics Forum: Innovative Tools for Informed Decisions

We are glad to announce that Sproxil will be presenting at the Health Informatics Forum, organized by the Futures Group. We are glad to be collaborating with the Futures Group to highlight tools that leverage available equipment and local knowledge in developing nations to solve rather large problems.

More on the forum:

Health informatics synthesizes relevant information technology tools with an understanding of health information and how it can be used to support better decisions and better health outcomes. The Health Informatics Forum will provide a hands-on opportunity to exchange ideas on informatics applications used in settings with low technical capacities and discuss how these tools inform decisionmakers at every level, from community health workers to policymakers.

See you in DC on June 3.