Announcing our Co-Creation Pioneers of 2016!

Announcing our Co-Creation Pioneers of 2016!

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Updates from Ingelheim: Crowning 7 'Co-Creation Pioneers for 2016'

Social entrepreneurs are already transforming access to health care services through creative problem solving, passion, and a deep understanding of their beneficiaries. Back in September 2015, we designed an engagement with Boehringer Ingelheim that would not only facilitate and nurture meaningful collaboration between BI employees and the wider innovation ecosystem, but also provide an environment for sustainable co-creation: Making More Health: Co-Creating a Healthier World.

For Boehringer Ingelheim, co-creation is an opportunity for business to spark the next generation of sustainable health solutions through mutually beneficial collaboration with the social sector. It’s a collaborative process where players come together to co-design and co-implement new or improved products and/or services that address essential needs of individuals and communities at scale.

Seven co-creation teams made it through to the final phase and participated in a six-week accelerator, working together to produce a business model canvas and prepare a pitch. All seven teams traveled to Ingeheim, Germany, earlier this month to present their co-creation models live to a panel of judges.

During the deliberation (arguably the best part of challenge prize engagements!) Jean Scheftsik de Szolnok, Senior Vice President of Boehringer Ingelheim, doubled the prize money on offer to USD $100,000, crowning each finalist a winner and rousing commitments from the panel to champion these co-created health care fixes. At that moment, the mission was no longer about collaboration between social entrepreneur and BI employee, but about delivering high-potential health care models—prevention, diagnosis and treatment—to communities in need.

Now, without further ado... Introducing the Co-Creation Pioneers of 2016.


Winning USD $20,000

MicroClinic Technologies (Kenya)
Hoffman Moka Lantum, founder of MicroClinic Technologies (Kenya), and Christopher Imbaya, Boehringer Ingelheim sales representative (Kenya) 

MicroClinic Technologies has developed a software that is transforming patients' access to diagnostics and medicines in rural communities. Boehringer Ingelheim employees are co-creating a plan with the MicroClinic team to improve availability, accessibility, quality, and affordability of medicines by scaling this technology.

Garbage Clinical Insurance (Indonesia)
Gamal Albinsaid, founder of Garbage Clinical Insurance (Indonesia), and Boehringer Ingelheim's Ardiansyah Ardiansyah (Indonesia) 

Garbage Clinical Insurance is providing a way for Indonesians from low-income families to trade their garbage for health care services. Boehringer Ingelheim are co-creating a business model that has the potential to scale this service across cities in Indonesia and beyond.

Winning USD $15,000

Fight the Stroke (Italy)
Francesca Fedeli, founder of Fight the Stroke (Italy), and Luca Caruso, Boehringer Ingelheim GmbH & Co. KG (Germany) 

Fight the Stroke work to improve the detection and rehabilitation of infant stroke survivors. Fight the Stroke is co-creating with Boehringer Ingelheim to gain scientific expertise and knowledge about adult stroke survivors and adapt the existing tools for pediatric patients. They can distribute these innovative health solutions through Boehringer Ingelheim’s already well-established distribution channels within the market.

Changamka Microhealth Ltd. (Kenya)
Sam Agutu, founder of Changamka (Kenya), and Dr. Matthias Fuchs, Strategy Portfolio Manager at Boehringer Ingelheim GmbH (Germany) 

Changamka delivers an affordable, holistic health insurance package to Kenyans from low-income families so that they can afford treatments for critical illnesses. Changamka and Boehringer Ingelheim have been coordinating strategic partnerships with key players and co-creating a scalable delivery model which can impact millions of Kenyans who do not have access to the health care system.


Winning USD $10,000

Noora Health (India)
Shahed Alam, co-founder of Noora Health (India), and Mỹ Dang, Regulatory Affairs at Boehringer Ingelheim (Canada) 

Noora Health has identified a particular need for education tools for Type 2 Diabetes, a disease that is fast gaining the status of a potential epidemic in India. Noora Health and Boehringer Ingelheim are combining their knowledge to develop education tools for Diabetes-affected patients and family caregivers in India as well as in Canada. These high-impact health skills can improve health outcomes and save lives.

Water and Life (Philippines)
Philippe De Roux, founder of Eau et Vie (France / Philippines), and Stephen Bowne, District Sales Manager at Boehringer Ingelheim (Australia) 

Water and Life is building a social business network that is changing the health conditions in urban slum areas in the Philippines by providing building water networks which connect each household to an individual tap, and improving fire prevention, waste management and sanitation systems. Together with Boehringer Ingelheim, they plan to scale-up their microfinance solutions to include and improve access to pharmaceutical services.

Community Veterinary Outreach (United States)
Michelle Lem, founder of Community Veterinary Outreach (Canada), and Alexa Beavers, Organization Development at Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica (USA)

Community Veterinary Outreach (CVO) leverages the connections between homeless people and their pets to provide access to health care for both. CVO will employ BI’s expertise in health care to replicate the model to work in BI’s U.S. Animal Health Division in Kansas City, Missouri.