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Take part in the Accenture Innovation Challenge and do well by doing good.

Do Well by Doing Good

The Accenture Innovation Challenge is the Challenge with a difference.

Participating in the Accenture Innovation challenge allows you to put your community spirit and creative ideas to the test to make a positive impact ­–all while gaining consulting experience.


MBA students interested in participating in this competition can take part in the Accenture Strategy Innovation Challenge.

About the Challenge

The Accenture Innovation Challenge is a multi-round event that combines hands-on consulting experience with the opportunity to make a positive impact on society. You will work with a team to collaboratively develop a solution for a case based on a real-world challenge faced by national non-profit.

How it works:

  • Participants work in consulting-style teams and benefit from mentoring by Accenture staff

  • Teams develop an innovative idea to solve a real-life challenge faced by our non-profit partner

  • Teams compete for the opportunity to pitch their idea to our non-profit partner and Accenture senior leadership

  • Make a real impact: the winning team will join Accenture for an Innovation Experience to develop the plan to potentially put their idea into practice

About the Process

Students will apply to the Undergraduate Competition individually, and Accenture will make the final team assignments. We will ensure that all teams are comprised of students from a wide variety of skills and backgrounds, which is consistent with client projects.

A look at Past Challenges

Watch and see how our teams come together to make an impact

Accenture Innovation Challenge Photo Albums

Check out our photo albums on Facebook for a glimpse at some of the teams and activities from current and prior Accenture Innovation Challenges: 2016/2015, 2015/2014 and 2014/2013

Watch our playlist on YouTube for insights and advice from student participants, and Accenture and non-profit partner judges who attended the final rounds of prior year’s undergraduate and MBA Innovation Challenge competitions.

Turning Issue Into Outcome
For past Innovation Challenges, Accenture partnered with national non-profits to provide student participants with real-life challenges to solve. In conjunction with members of the winning student teams, Accenture worked with the non-profit partners to implement solutions proposed during the annual Innovation Challenge.

  • America's Promise Alliance (2011/2012) - The organization's digital presence was enhanced to position the national youth partnership to inspire website visitors to act in support of America's children and youth.

  • Usher's New Look (2012/2013) - A digital strategy was developed to help the organization effectively engage with alumni and volunteers. Learn more.

  • Ashoka (2013/2014) - An inventive solution improve the skillsets of the US force by 2016. Learn more.

Non-profit Partners

Partners for Possibilities

Accenture was proud to partner with national non-profit organizations, World Wildlife Fund, for the 2016 Accenture Innovation Challenge undergraduate competition, and Back On My Feet, for the 2015 MBA competition. As part of the challenge, participating students developed innovative solutions and competed for a chance to possibly help implement their solution to address a real-world challenge faced by these organizations.

The World Wildlife Fund (also known as the World Wide Fund for Nature or WWF) is the world's leading environmental conservation organization. Since April 1961, WWF projects have taken a holistic approach to protecting nature's wildlife by enlisting the talents of scientists to study endangered species and habitats, organizing political support from international leaders, and engaging business organizations and millions of individuals around the world to participate in environmental protection efforts. WWF continues to fund local, regional, national, and global initiatives to address climate and food production changes while restoring our forests, oceans, and freshwater ecosystems.

Back On My Feet combats homelessness by empowering its Members to "earn the opportunity to create a new road for themselves." Members who run regularly at least three times a week promote values like dedication and hard work. They also gain access to the organization's resources, including interview training, employment opportunities, and financial assistance. Founded in 2007 as the brainchild of lifelong runner Anne Mahlum, Back On My Feet has expanded to 11 chapters nationwide that have serviced more than 5000 members.