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Do you have a great business 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 students across Europe 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 the future greater than the present.

The competition will be open again for applications in September 2017.

Leaders of Tomorrow Award

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

This year we are introducing a cash prize as part of our winner's pack. Competitors will have the chance to win our boost fund of €5,000 plus an all-expenses paid trip to 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.

Hear from previous winners, finalists and some of our core team members on our blog here.


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...

  • Gain an understanding of our business
  • Develop your professional skills
  • Develop collaboration and team working skills
  • Experience new perspectives
  • Meet our leaders
  • Take part in our series of Development Days
  • Network with likeminded people and business leaders
  • Have Fun

Experiences of Past Winners

Competition Format

Three Rounds of Competition

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

 Round 1

Submit your business idea online. The Business idea must include a digital focus. The Business idea must relate to one of these mentioned categories: - Finance & Payments or Health & Lifestyle or Social Responsibility or Goods & Services

 Round 2

Successful candidates will develop their business idea and complete some market research. The semi-finalists will be selected

 Round 3

The selected semi-finalists will pitch their idea to a panel of Accenture senior management where the finalist will be selected

 Round 4

The group will then participate in a series of development days

The Finalist will pitch their business proposal to a panel of Irish Business Leaders, after which the winner will be selected

The 2017/18 timeline will be released in September.

The competition will be open again for applications in September 2017.

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 Dublin, at both 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 NDRC also ranked as #2 globally on the top 10 University Business Accelerator 2015 list.

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 are also offering our overall winner a €5,000 boost fund as a starting point for their business venture.

We want to make sure that this award continues to develop and grow the skills of Ireland's and Europe'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, the Leadership and Innovation Tour, a place on NDRC Launchpad programme, and the €5,000 boost fund.

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