A new approach to engaging the global software community
Accenture Ventures is designed to help young companies realize their full potential and our clients harness the leading innovation being created by startups globally.
Accenture Ventures launched Project Spotlight, providing unprecedented access to our technological and domain expertise across our G2000 client base. Project Spotlight seeks to transform the transactional nature of venture capital into an immersive engagement model.
Project Spotlight addresses the most challenging part of creating real market solutions—offering startups a nuanced understanding of real business problems and industry domains. Project Spotlight brings promising startups into Accenture’s innovation network, giving them exposure to real business problems we’re solving for our clients and helping them tailor, refine and scale their solutions for maximum impact.
Okra: A rising fintech star
As part of Project Spotlight, Accenture Ventures made a strategic investment in Nigeria-based fintech company Okra, an open finance data infrastructure startup serving the rapidly expanding African financial services market. Founded in 2019, Okra's platform enables developers and businesses to build personalized digital services and fintech products for customers.
Tom Lounibos, Managing Director, Accenture Ventures, sat down with Fara Ashiru Jituboh, Co-founder, CEO & CTO, Okra and David Peterside, Co-founder & COO, Okra, to discuss Okra's rise in the African market.
As part of our commitment to growing new businesses, Accenture launched the Black Founders Development Program, a Project Spotlight Initiative, to help Black entrepreneurs advance and grow their technology businesses through greater, more direct access to venture capital, corporate mentorship, and strategic connections with Accenture’s business partners, clients, and people. This important initiative was created to invest in and support Black technology startup founders and entrepreneurs. Our goal is to help Black entrepreneurs and leaders grow their technology businesses through broader, more direct access to venture capital, corporate mentorship and strategic connections with Accenture business partners and clients.
A critical part of the program is the Black Founders Development Fund. With Accenture’s vast technology, innovation and investment expertise, the fund offers strategic investments in early-stage, Black-founded and -run software startups and other market development initiatives.
Leadership, resources, technology and investment expertise are all areas where Accenture can deliver significant support to Black entrepreneurs, helping them to accelerate innovation and further grow their businesses.
Global Open Innovation – Lead and the Black Founders Development Program – Lead for Accenture Ventures
China Bridge is a global innovation and exchange program from Accenture Ventures to introduce and build partnerships between Accenture clients and best-in-class, emerging Chinese enterprise startups. By focusing on partnership building, educating and building awareness of the latest technology developments coming out of China, the program helps clients accelerate their innovation process.