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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. Participants put their community spirit and creative ideas to the test to make a positive impact while gaining consulting experience

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

  • Develop an innovative idea to solve a real-life challenge faced by our non-profit partner, World Wildlife Fund

  • Compete for the opportunity to pitch your 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 Challenge

The challenge with a difference

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

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.

The Accenture Innovation Challenge Undergraduate Competition will be judged in four rounds, both virtual and live. See the competition schedule for details.

Challenge Awards
Exciting consulting opportunities with Accenture will be awarded to the winning teams in each round.


  • Campus Winner: Top team per campus

    • Prize: Celebratory Dinner

  • National Quarter-Finalists: Top 16 Undergraduate teams nationally

    • Prize: Interview for summer internship

  • National Semi-Finalist:Top 4 Undergraduate teams nationally

    • Prize: Donation in the Semi-Finalists Teams’ Name

  • National Winners: Top Undergraduate team nationally

    • Prize: Summer internship offer; Innovation Experience with Accenture to plan for the possible implementation of their idea

More information is available in the Official Terms and Conditions.

A look at Past Challenges

Challenge photos, credentials and more

Thank you to all the teams that competed throughout the 2015 Undergrad and MBA Innovation Challenge. We'd also like to give a special thank you to our non-profit partners, World Wildlife Fund and Back on My Feet.

2015 Challenge Winners
Please join us in congratulating the winners of the 2015 Accenture Innovation Challenge.

Undergraduate Team Winners

  • University of Chicago: Carol Lee, Michal Dzito, Laura Hu, Patrick Su

Congratulations to the University of Chicago for winning the undergraduate round.
Pictured left to right: Carol Lee, Michal Dzito, Laura Hu, Patrick Su

MBA Team Winners

  • Ross School of Business: Stephen Hardin, Emily Knoll, Jerry Won

Winning MBA team Congratulations to the winning MBA team from the Ross School of Business.
Pictured left to right: Jerry Won, Emily Knoll, Stephen Hardin

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

  • World Wildlife Fund (WWF) (2016) - An innovative two-pronged strategy to help grocery retailers address food waste through a digital platform and coalition of WWF stakeholders.

  • Back on My Feet (BoMF) (2016) - Build partnerships with Boston-based corporations and universities to help BoMF expand its impact and meet growth objectives. Learn more.

  • World Vision (2014) - A flexible education model to bridge the gap in student learning between fragile states and more stable states. Learn more.

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

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

  • Goodwill® (2013) - An innovative digital strategy was developed to effectively improve the financial wellness of low-income families in the U.S. Learn more.

  • KaBOOM! (2012) - An innovative digital strategy was put in place to help position the organization to inspire more volunteers to create great playspaces for America's kids. Learn more.

  • America's Promise Alliance (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.

Non-profit Partners

Partners for possibilities – MBA Competition

Accenture is 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 MBA competition. As part of the challenge, participating students will develop - and compete for a chance to possibly help implement a solution that 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.
Accenture U.S. Cross-Campus Innovation Challenge