Bridget Carroll
Bridget Carroll
Associate Marketing Manager, Accenture
April 03, 2018

Matching Mentors and Entrepreneurs Through AI


Harnessing the power of technology to advance the greater good, Accenture partners with nonprofits like Youth Business USA (YBUSA) to help young people develop the skills they need to secure a job or build a business.

Tiffany Hoang never thought she would own a business. But after facing discrimination and prejudice at work, she and her colleague Tyrone Botelho knew they wanted to launch their own company and make a difference in their community.

Like many new entrepreneurs, Tiffany and Tyrone faced significant barriers to business ownership, but they were able to find support through YBUSA's Sky's The Limit platform.

“YBUSA needed a way to efficiently make connections between budding entrepreneurs and mentors who could guide them.” said Diarmuid Cahalane, a Lead Artificial Intelligence Research Scientist at Accenture Labs. “Coincidentally, Accenture Labs was researching AI technologies to help connect people with right opportunities, individuals and skilling in a professional context.”

“Our Accenture Corporate Citizenship team saw potential for our technology to help YBUSA match entrepreneurs and mentors using AI,” he said. “It was a great connection to make, because YBUSA had already done so much work to understand and support the journey of the people they were helping.”

Developed in collaboration with Accenture, the platform provided Tiffany and Tyrone with the resources to help launch their business. CircleUp Education, their Oakland, California-based social enterprise, helps cities, organizations and schools ensure that all people are respected, included and valued.

Working on a project like Sky’s The Limit requires new ideas and innovative solutions, both of which you will find at The Dock in Dublin, Accenture’s multi-disciplinary global innovation hub.

“A typical day involves lots of collaboration and without a doubt, the best part is seeing how the diverse expertise of our colleagues brings us to a solution that is exponentially better than what we could have achieved individually,” said Diarmuid. “We all have our own favorite pieces of the puzzle—our comfort zones—but when we learn to work across the gaps, it’s game-changing.”

Diarmuid’s interest in emerging technology stems from his belief that his work has an immediate, positive impact. “When you can apply your skills to help an organization like YBUSA do even more social good than they otherwise could, well that’s just a great feeling, and it’s a real privilege to be involved.”

To learn more about how Accenture and our people are creating a more equal, inclusive and sustainable world, read more corporate citizenship stories.

Find your next career opportunity with Accenture, and make a difference in your community and beyond through the work you do, every day.

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