About the life sciences challenge

At Accenture, our clients, partners and employees are our top priority. Over the past few weeks, we have been closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation. We are following direction from international health organizations, local governments as well as our own safety and security protocols, and actively monitoring the situation through a network of outside experts and organizations that provide us real-time information. Based on our latest assessment, we have made the difficult but important decision to postpone our Life Sciences HealthTech Innovation Challenge.

While we are disappointed that we will not be together in Chicago, Zurich, Boston, San Francisco and Shanghai, we believe that this is the right decision given the current circumstances. Once the situation has stabilized, we will share additional information and next steps (or future plans) for our global HealthTech Innovation Challenge events.

All startup applications submitted from January 27 until February 29, 2020 will be retained and reviewed as planned. Once we determine next steps for our events, startups shortlisted will be informed three weeks prior to each event.

We appreciate your flexibility and support during this time, and our thoughts remain with everyone affected by the COVID-19 situation.

We look forward to connecting with you soon.

Entry criteria

The application process will take place from January 27 – February 29, 2020 and is open to all companies regardless of size, provided you meet the following criteria. Startups shortlisted will be informed three weeks prior to each event.

You are a growth stage company where access to executives at large and established life sciences companies is critical to your business and will have a meaningful impact on your growth.

You have, at a minimum, a beta product to demonstrate and are prepared to share access to program partners under NDA (and where reasonable for no additional cost).

If selected, you are committing to travel (at your own expense) to the corresponding event date and location aligned to the challenge statement.

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Key dates

Selected applicants will be invited to compete in one of our competitions, where they will be judged by an esteemed panel of executives from leading life sciences companies.

Chicago | TBD

How can we…

Transform the patient experience prior, during or after care (at-home, outside of clinics)?

Zurich | TBD

How can we…

Use data and insights to generate both patient and business value?

Boston | TBD

How can we…

Use digital in healthcare to transform patient outcomes and engagement?

San Francisco | TBD

How can we…

Improve the experience and data outcomes of clinical trials?

Shanghai | TBD

How can we…

Use digital apps and data to transform the care continuum from phase 2 onwards including clinical trials, patient identification, care and outcomes?

Last year’s highlights

The HealthTech Innovation Challenge brings together startups from around the world. Hear from our 2018/2019 participants.


Ayasdi Named 2019 Accenture HealthTech Innovation Challenge Innovation Champion

The competition pairs startups with life sciences organizations to develop innovative solutions that improve the way people access and manage healthcare.

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