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Accenture US Innovation Challenge

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. This multi-round event combines hands-on consulting experience with the opportunity to make a positive impact on society. Students work collaboratively to develop a solution for a real-world challenge faced by a national non-profit.

The value of the Accenture Innovation Challenge:

  • 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

  • Compete for the opportunity to pitch your team's 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

Visit us Fall 2017 for information about the 2018 Accenture Innovation Challenge for Undergraduate Students – Please reach out to the Accenture Innovation Challenge team if you have any questions.

The 2017 Accenture Innovation Challenge

April 21, 2017 marked the exciting conclusion of the fifth annual US Accenture Innovation Challenge. Teams were asked to help Habitat for Humanity International (HFHI) improve volunteer engagement by answering the key question: How can Habitat move beyond a short-term volunteer experience to build long-term volunteer champions?

The University of Southern California’s winning solution recommended that Habitat for Humanity take a three-pronged approach to establish a consistent volunteer experience across affiliates, where volunteers can move through defined membership levels to become “Habitat Builders” through a National Database, Social Engagement with Families, and Mentorship & Workshops.

The winning team pictured above (from left to right): Lauren Phillips, Bharat Vishnubhotla, William Ciputra and Satvika Kumar.

To see more photos from this year’s Innovation Challenges, check out our 2017/2016 Facebook album.

A look at Past Challenges

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.

Accenture Innovation Challenge Photo Albums

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

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.