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September 02, 2014
Introducing Open Innovation
By: Jitendra Kavathekar

Enterprise executives: You are in the process of taking your business digital, but are unsure of which technologies will serve you best. How do you sift through the hundreds of thousands of emerging technologies across innovation ecosystems around the world and choose the right ones? And then how do you implement them at scale?

Start-ups: You’ve launched your product and you’ve got some incredible traction, but you’re looking for more growth in larger client accounts. How do you find the right people and the right companies with the right business problems to break into the Global 2000?

These are difficult questions that Accenture Open Innovation is working to solve. We work with top-tier accelerators, venture capital firms, universities and corporate R&D labs, to build and bring to market innovative solutions that meet our clients' strategic business objectives.

Think of Accenture Open Innovation as a bridgemaker in the global innovation ecosystem. We make the connections between our Global 2000 clients and the most promising start-ups , helping our clients to make powerful transformations and achieve more value. The unique value we bring to the table as a global services firm is a track record of delivering transformative technology-focused programs at scale for our clients. As enterprises go digital, technology start-ups are becoming an increasingly important component of how we do business.

Launched internally a year ago, the Accenture Open Innovation program has been steadily gathering momentum.

  • We built a 40+ person practice around a startup with 30+ deals in the pipeline in a matter of months, not years.

  • We are helping a quick-serve restaurant client modernize its IT using a carefully curated selection of start-ups.

  • We also host a number of events and meetups quarterly. This year, we are especially excited to be a corporate sponsor at TechCrunch Disrupt SF. We will be awarding the “Best Enterprise Disrupter” award.

We are extremely excited to introduce Accenture Open Innovation at Disrupt. We’re looking forward to continuing to serve our clients and our ecosystem partners as we work build a more collaborative and open future.

To learn more about Accenture Open Innovation and how your company can benefit, please contact me at j.a.kavathekar@accenture.com

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