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Digital disruption is enabling the entire healthcare system to break new ground in innovation and collaboration to deliver better patient and economic outcomes. But who, how and where?

The Accenture HealthTech Innovation Challenge has been created to recognize early stage start-up businesses that can play a major role in improving the way people around the world manage their health and associated costs.

The program from Accenture’s Life Sciences and Health practices brings together innovative startups with many of the largest life sciences companies and healthcare providers to tackle some of the world’s greatest health challenges including access, affordability and transparency.

The final companies selected will be invited to the StartUp Health Festival in San Francisco in January 2017 to pitch to an exclusive panel of judges that includes representatives from Amerisource Bergen, Merck, Novartis, Shire, and UBC. The winners will gain direct access to the leading companies in their target customer or therapeutic sector, while industry leaders gain exposure to fully vetted, cutting-edge technologies as they evolve.

The HealthTech Innovation Challenge is part of Accenture’s broader HealthTech Innovation program—which will also include acceleration & venture opportunities, innovation labs and more. This program will support innovative technologies and drive creative solutions to improve the way people access and manage healthcare.

Entry Criteria


We want to solve some of the biggest issues in healthcare.

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Help ME better manage my health:

How can consumers (patients, caregivers or families) get the right health information and services at the right time in their journeys? How can people’s lifestyle needs be better understood to inform optimal care?

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Help ME get better faster:

How can services be provided to support care plan adherence and improved outcomes? How can real world evidence and/or non-traditional data streams be used to improve patient outcomes?

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Help ME have easier access to healthcare:

How can underserved or remote populations be better supported in their health and lifestyle needs?

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Help keep MY information private & secure:

How can the privacy and security of a person’s health and lifestyle information be improved while enabling information sharing and improved experience?


We will be holding regional pitching rounds in New York and London.

Judges from life sciences, healthcare and the investment community will assess startups.

The finalists will be invited to our gala event in San Francisco at the StartUp Health Festival on Monday, January 9, 2017.

Key dates

Accenture Sept 2016

September 12, 2016: Accepting submissions

Accenture Oct 2016

October 21, 2016: Submission closes

Accenture Nov 2016

November 4, 2016: Shortlist established

Accenture Nov 2016

November 11, 2016: Regional attendees notified

Accenture Nov 2016

November and December 2016: Pitching rounds/semi finalists selected

Friday, November 25
London, UK

Thursday, December 1
New York, New York

Accenture Jan 2016

January 9, 2017: StartUp Health Festival gala event


Industry Judges

Accenture Judges


Accenture is a leading global professional services company, providing a broad range of services and solutions in strategy, consulting, digital, technology and operations. Combining unmatched experience and specialized skills across more than 40 industries and all business functions— underpinned by the world’s largest delivery network—Accenture works at the intersection of business and technology to help clients improve their performance and create sustainable value for their stakeholders. With more than 375,000 people serving clients in more than 120 countries, Accenture drives innovation to improve the way the world works and lives.