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Shaping The Industry Together

Now in its third year, the Accenture HealthTech Innovation Challenge will once again bring startups, life sciences companies and healthcare organizations together to tackle the world’s biggest health issues. Scroll down to see our schedule of regional round locations around the globe and updated themes.

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



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

How do we keep the population healthy?
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How do we keep the population healthy?
How do we keep the population healthy?
  • Minimizing hospital visits for consumers (patients, caregivers, or families)
  • Care plan adherence
  • Accurate health information and services at the right time
  • Wellness/Lifestyle Management
  • Remote care delivery models
  • Wearables
  • Social determinates of health
  • Better education
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How can advanced diagnostics, therapies and devices get patients better?
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How can digital health solutions improve patient outcomes?
How can advanced diagnostics, therapies and devices get patients better?
  • Telehealth
  • Digital Clinical Trials
  • Research & Discovery
  • Therapeutic Models
  • Enhanced models of care
  • AI
  • Blockchain
  • IOT
  • Digital pills
  • 3D Printing
  • Drones
  • Real-world evidence and/or analytics on combined non-traditional data sets
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How can we improve healthcare delivery for the patient?
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How can we improve healthcare delivery for the patient?
How can we improve healthcare delivery for the patient?
  • Office/Patient Management
  • Cost Transparency/payments
  • Strategic sourcing
  • Private and secure health records
  • Care Coordination
  • Enterprise workflow
  • Underserved or remote populations
  • Training
  • Ecosystem collaborations
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The opportunity to identify and engage with cutting-edge startups with a focus on solving healthcare and life sciences problems

Network with peers, investors and leading influencers

Access to the StartUp Health Festival (invite only) during the JP Morgan Healthcare Investor conference in San Francisco

Media exposure as a partner to the program

The opportunity to build deeper relationships with dynamic industry-shapers and industry innovators; including collaboration and co-innovation

Practical experience with Accenture’s Innovation Architecture and design-thinking approach

Key Dates

Selected applicants will be invited to compete in one of our regional rounds in Sydney, Tokyo, Dublin or Boston where they will be judged by an esteemed panel of leading life sciences and healthcare company executives. The finalists will be invited to compete in San Francisco at the Startup Health Festival on Monday, January 7, 2019.

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June 30, 2018 Accepting submissions
September 1, 2018 Submission closes
October 1, 2018 Shortlist established
November Pitching rounds
Tokyo, Japan November 1
Sydney, Australia November 15
Dublin, Ireland November 15
Boston, Massachusetts November 29
January 7, 2019 Innovation Champions selected at the Startup Health Festival in San Francisco
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Senior Executive Judges From The Following Companies

  • Adventist
  • Aetna
  • Aetna International
  • Agency for Clinical Innovation
  • Airtree Ventures
  • Amil Assistencia Medica
  • Anthem
  • Ascension
  • Asklepios
  • Astellas
  • AstraZeneca
  • Australian Institute of Health Innovation
  • Bayer
  • BCBS Michigan
  • Best Buy
  • Better Care Victoria
  • BMS
  • Boehringer Ingelheim
  • Boots UK
  • Bupa
  • Cardinal Health
  • Cochlear
  • Children's Mercy Hospital
  • Customer Lab
  • CVS Health
  • Dai-ichi Life Holdings
  • Daiichi Sankyo
  • Digital Health CRC Limited
  • Eisai
  • Fairview
  • Florida Blue
  • Florida Hospital
  • GE Healthcare Japan
  • Geisinger Health
  • Genomics England
  • Gilead Sciences
  • GSK
  • Guidewell
  • HCSC
  • Henry Ford Health System
  • Houston Methodist
  • HUS
  • IBC
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • Kois Investments
  • Med Advisor
  • Medibank Health Solutions
  • Medavie Blue Cross
  • MedStar Institute for Innovation
  • Medtronic
  • Merck/MSD
  • MetroHealth
  • National Disability Insurance Agency
  • NHS England
  • Nippon Boehringer Ingelheim
  • Novartis
  • ONB
  • Olympus Corp.
  • Opportunities NB
  • Orlando Health
  • Partners Health Care
  • Pfizer
  • Premera Blue Cross
  • Primary Health Care
  • Ramsay Health Care
  • ResMed
  • Sanofi
  • Santen Pharmaceutical
  • Scan Healthplan
  • Shimadzu Corp.
  • Shionogi
  • Stella
  • Stryker
  • SVA
  • Takeda
  • UCB
  • University of Penn
  • University of Hospitals
  • US Dept. Of Veteran Affairs
  • Wellcare


The 2018 HealthTech Innovation Challenge Innovation Champion Nanowear's Co-founder and CEO, Venk Vardan, discusses the connected self, and its impact on the future of healthcare.


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