Accenture Open Innovation
Fueling Innovation: From Forging Connections to Guiding Disruption
We work with top-tier accelerators, start-ups, venture capitalists, universities and corporate R&D labs, to build and bring to market innovative solutions.
We are a vital bridge between our Global 2000 clients and the start-up community. We connect clients to enterprise-relevant technology innovators and provide our consulting, technology and operations skills to help them meet their business transformation objectives. And we connect our partners with compelling opportunities and growth through an intelligent channel to pioneering clients.
How do we do this?
Matching Key Trends with Top start-ups
RocketSpace, a technology and co-working campus, unites technology start-ups, global brands and entrepreneurs through an innovative start-up accelerator program. Accenture is a member of RocketSpace’s Corporate Innovation Program, focusing on retained discovery, campus engagement and quarterly innovation reports. RocketSpace works with Accenture to identify key trends in each area and how start-ups can address them through innovation. Completed reports include Financial Services, Industrial Internet and Data Insights, with Retail/Consumer Packaged Goods and Security scheduled.
Hosting Open Innovation Events
Accenture Open Innovation hosts events in collaboration with RocketSpace. Recent events focused on trends in the Accenture Technology Vision 2014. For the first event, representatives from 100+ start-ups and venture capital firms listened to Accenture leaders speak about “The Digital-Physical Blur” trend, and then five start-ups pitched their companies in relation to the theme. Another event focused on the trend “From Workforce to Crowdsource: Rise of the Borderless Enterprise.”
Discovering Industry-Specific Start-ups
Discovering the best innovations and entrepreneurs and building the vision for successful partnerships with them across our 19 industries is a key capability of Accenture Open Innovation. For example, we work closely with the Accenture Next Generation Financial Services Lab in Sophia Antipolis, France, to produce a quarterly report of the most innovative start-ups disrupting the Financial Services industry. The goal is twofold: to embed innovation into our client offerings and solutions, and to identify business opportunities for Accenture.
Identifying the Right Disruptive Partners to Go Digital
When a global quick-serve restaurant wanted to revamp its IT infrastructure, Accenture Open Innovation pinpointed innovative start-ups whose technologies had the potential to realize the client’s strategic objectives to fuel their transformation. Five companies then presented their technology to the client executives at an Accenture-hosted innovation summit. The successful event provided the client with a broader view of their technology choices and a clearer evaluation process for which ones to engage. Ultimately, Accenture mapped the results of the workshop into a strategy and execution plan for this restaurant chain and their complete transformation.
Exploring Mobility Innovations
Accenture Open Innovation, in collaboration with the Accenture Mobility team, completed a three-month innovation project for a leading Korean TV home shopping and digital commerce company. We helped make connections to help them refine their innovation and corporate investment expansion strategy, focusing on the emerging mobile technology landscape and start-up ecosystem in Silicon Valley. The project culminated in a workshop with the company’s CEO at Accenture Technology Labs in San Jose.
Accelerating the Digital Agenda
To help a large UK retail bank start its digital transformation, Accenture Open Innovation, in conjunction with the Accenture Next Generation Financial Services Lab in Sophia Antipolis, France, conducted a nine-week engagement to explore new technologies and potential innovation network partners to facilitate the journey from discovery to deployment. Following this engagement, we are discussing possible co-innovation projects with the bank.
Partner of Choice for Guided Disruption
Making the Connections
The gap in culture and technology between enterprises and start-ups can be immense.
But so is the opportunity.
We make it easier to connect across the ecosystem, bridging our Global 2000 clients with the technology innovation community. We source the right start-ups and forward-thinking research to help our clients capitalize on a wide range of emerging ideas for first-mover advantage.
Discovery to Deployment
Discovery is just the start. We support our clients through the entire process to imagine, build and deploy solutions—swiftly and with less risk.
We work closely with highly curated start-ups and Accenture groups across various industries and technologies, using our open innovation methodology to help accelerate our clients’ results.
Guiding Enterprise Disruption
We help our clients make bold, strategic decisions that move them from being disrupted—to leading the disruption.
We embrace open innovation to better serve our Global 2000 clients, proactively bringing them promising ideas and guiding them to adopt industry-transforming innovations at scales and speeds that are unprecedented.
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