Accenture Innovation Challenge 2021

Applications for the FY21 Challenge are now closed. We’re excited by the talent and enthusiasm that will be harnessed to effect positive social change.

Do well by doing good

Making a positive impact on society, gaining hands-on consulting experience, and networking with Accenture leaders are just a few of the perks of the Accenture Innovation Challenge. Bring your most creative ideas to life by helping our nonprofit client solve a real-life business problem. This year, Accenture is proud to partner with Covenant House, an organization that provides housing and supportive services to youth facing homelessness across the United States.

At Accenture, we believe it is our responsibility to address some of today's most pressing societal needs with innovation and technology at the forefront. Each selected participant will be grouped into a team and paired with an Accenture mentor who will provide coaching throughout the process as you develop ideas to help shape the future of today’s youth.

About the challenge

This year the challenge will follow a fully virtual format with three rounds.


The Challenge will kick off with the first round in in early 2021. Participants will be assigned to a team and receive coaching from Accenture consultants. Three teams from each first round event will advance onward.


The semi-final round is in mid-March 2021. Teams will continue to expand their solutions and submit a revised presentation to Accenture judges. Four teams will be selected for the final round.


The final round is in March 2021. Teams will present their solution to a panel of Accenture and Covenant House leaders. Winning team members will win a Summer 2021 internship + cash prize up to $5k.

The Accenture Innovation Challenge is open to legal United States residents of the 50 United States, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico who are 18 years of age or older (19 for residents of AL and NE) at the time of entry and are enrolled full time in a four-year degree undergraduate program, authorized to work in the United States, and will receive an undergraduate Bachelors of Arts or Bachelors of Science upon graduation in December 2021 - September 2024 with an overall GPA of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale.

Congrats to last year’s winners!

The University of Virginia undergraduate team won the 2020 U.S. Accenture Innovation Challenge. Congratulations Maxwell St. John, Danielle Romeo, Sebastian Wasinger, and Lorena Tabrane!

The winning proposal entails the creation of an image database of plastic pollution in waterways and the use of artificial intelligence (AI) to analyze and sort image data. The project included the creation of a portal to support collaboration among Waterkeeper volunteers and the creation and tracking of community-based efforts including location-specific plastic pollution removal plans.


2020 highlights

“Last year’s Challenge showcased doing well and doing good and responsible business, combining ideas and cutting-edge technology such as AI software for the common purpose of making a cleaner and healthier planet,” said Marty Rodgers, senior managing director of Accenture’s U.S. south region.

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