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Do you have a great idea but need help in developing it? Our Leaders of Tomorrow competition prepares contestants through a series of development days on the themes of leadership, digital innovation and entrepreneurship. Guest speakers and one-to-one mentoring will nurture your idea and skills.

This competition is open to all third-level students across Ireland as well as those who have graduated in the last year.

Applicants will retain all intellectual property rights to ideas submitted. We want you to succeed and make Ireland’s future greater than the present.

Leaders of Tomorrow Award

The Accenture Leaders of Tomorrow Award aims to identify, foster and recognise leadership potential and innovative thinking amongst aspiring entrepreneurs in Ireland, with the aim of making Ireland’s Future > Present.

The overall winner(s) will visit one of Accenture’s Global Innovation Centres as part of the Leadership and Innovation Tour prize. Previous winners have been to France, India and New York.

Winners will secure a space on NDRC Launchpad programme, a three month accelerator programme for digital startup ventures. They will receive expert mentorship, weekly workshops and more to make their idea their future and become a Leader of Tomorrow. The option of a six month Accenture Internship following completion of NDRC Launchpad will be your safety net so that you can give it 100%.



But Why Participate?

The Accenture Leaders of Tomorrow Award is designed to provide participants with a forum to demonstrate and develop their leadership abilities and evolve their business idea. You’ll also have the opportunity to...

Experiences of Past Winners

Competition Format

Three Rounds of Competition

The Award competition takes place over three rounds. The aim of these rounds is to provide participants with the opportunity to develop their business idea in a number of ways.

We are looking for people who can:

  • Provide practical and commercially viable business solutions

  • Demonstrate insight and clarity of thought

  • Demonstrate leadership in thought and innovation

  • Deliver practical real-world solutions

  • Leverage digital technology to deliver high impact solutions

Development Days

These Development Days form an integral part of the competition and are designed to allow participants to practice and refine the business abilities required to transform their innovative ideas into a formidable business proposition.

During these Development Days, which take place in NDRC’s office in The Digital Hub and Accenture’s main office in Grand Canal Square, participants will benefit from one-to-one mentoring and take part in a series of workshops hosted by top business leaders from Accenture and other leading public and private companies. These workshops will allow participants to hone their business idea and prepare them for the final round presentations to our panel of judges.



The Prize

The Overall Winners of the Leaders of Tomorrow Award will receive an automatic place on NDRC LaunchPad. Spaces on this programme are highly coveted due to the success of NDRC in launching these startups.

The overall winner(s) will also be taken on the Leadership and Innovation Tour to one of Accenture’s Global Innovation Centres. These Centres are strategically located in cities of significant start-up activity where you will receive access to mentoring and an opportunity to expand your network.

We want to make sure that this award continues to develop and grow the skills of Ireland’s future Leaders. The Accenture Leaders of Tomorrow contestants will have the chance to give their ideas exposure, make valuable connections, and learn the essentials of business and digital innovation.


If you win

What Happens If You Win?

On the evening of the final round, we host an awards presentation in our offices in Grand Canal Square, which we invite college representatives and friends and family of the finalists to attend. Here we announce:

The overall Accenture Leaders of Tomorrow winner(s) will receive our specially commissioned trophy by Seamus Gill Silversmith, Framed Certificate, the Leadership and Innovation Tour, a place on NDRC Launchpad programme, and the option of an internship with Accenture.

About NDRC: NDRC is an early stage investor in innovation. By providing the people, time, space and investment needed at the earliest stages of dedicated commercialisation work, NDRC is creating companies worthy of commercial investment and with the ability to scale.

The winner of The Leaders of Tomorrow Award will be offered a place on NDRC LaunchPad, a three month accelerator programme for digital startup ventures. Not only will the winner get to work at NDRC for the duration of the programme, they will also receive mentoring, attend workshops, and work alongside other startup founders, innovators, technologists and investors. The winner will also have the chance to pitch for investment from NDRC to support their participation in NDRC LaunchPad