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​Accenture MBA 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. You will work with a team to collaboratively develop a solution for a case based on a real-world challenge faced by a national non-profit.

  • 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, United States for United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

  • 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

Check back in the Fall for information about the 2017 Accenture Strategy Innovation Challenge.

About the Challenge

The 2016 Accenture Strategy Innovation Challenge
Through the multi-round competition, students developed a solution for a business challenge for USA for UNHCR (U4U).

Congratulations to the University of Michigan Ross School of Business on the winning solution! This team recommended that U4U create a Refugee Ally program that targets both individuals and corporations.

AIC MBA Winners Pictured from left to right: Catalina Kaiyoorawongs, Ashlyee Freeman, Sean Pavlik and Caitlin Cordell.

A look at Past Challenges

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.

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

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

  • Back on My Feet (2015) – A creative solution was developed to help the non-profit double its reach by 2020.

Accenture Innovation Challenge Photo Albums
See how our teams come together to make an impact

Check out our Accenture Innovation Challenge photo albums on Facebook for a glimpse of some of the teams and activities from the 2017/2016, 2016/2015, and 2015/2014 competitions.

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

2016 MBA Final Round Group Shot