2023 Accenture Innovation Challenge

Accenture is pleased to announce our 2023 Challenge non-profit partner is The Smithsonian Institution! Undergraduate Students – check back for applications to participate in early fall!

Our 2023 Partner: The Smithsonian Institution

The Smithsonian Institution is the world's largest museum, education, and research establishment. Since its founding in 1846, The Smithsonian Institution has pursued a mission toward "the increase and diffusion of knowledge." With 21 museums, 21 libraries, the National Zoo, an observatory, and numerous education and research programs, The Smithsonian Institution is a pillar to the enrichment of lives across the globe.

We are excited to collaborate with The Smithsonian Institution in overcoming one of their current challenges!

About the challenge

The Accenture Innovation Challenge (AIC) is a case competition that serves as one of Accenture’s signature recruiting channel across all our target campuses. Last year, more than 600 undergraduates applied to participate in the Innovation Challenge, representing over 60 campuses and diversity partner organizations.

Accenture partners with a new nonprofit partner each year to identify a real-world pressing issue, structure a case challenge, and facilitate a competition for student teams to present dynamic solutions to address the non-profit partner’s pressing issue.

Details about the three rounds of competition, qualifications for participation, and Challenge Rules are included below.


Round 1 – Successful applicants are assigned to a team of up to four students, are paired with an Accenture consultant coach, and given one week to prepare a solution to the case question. Three teams from each first round event advance to the semi-finals.


Round 2 – Teams refine their solution over 1 week and submit a revised, written presentation for Accenture judges to review. Four finalist teams are selected to advance.


Round 3 – In this final round event, four teams are invited to travel to present their solution live to a panel of judges comprised of Accenture and Smithsonian Institution Leadership. The winning team is offered a Summer 2023 internship and a cash prize!

The Accenture U.S. 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 2023 - September 2025 with an overall GPA of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale.

Check out the Official Accenture Innovation Challenge Rules to learn more.

Congrats to our 2022 winners!

We’re pleased to announce that the undergraduate team comprised of students from New York University, University of Massachusetts Amherst, and Baruch College won the 2022 U.S. Accenture Innovation Challenge! Congratulations Ashley Ho, Julia Pepper, Kaiji Uno, and Polina Yakubova!

The winning proposal includes a comprehensive marketing strategy for the Challenged Athletes Foundation that leverages social media to improve community engagement and collaborates with several intermediate and secondary school associations to establish a student volunteer program that will help host regional track meets. The team’s solution also incorporates an Adaptative Meets Results Portal which will keep participants, alumni, volunteers, and patrons informed about upcoming and past sports meets as well as the participants’ results.


Doing well by doing good: 2021 example of impact

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.

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 is grouped into a team and paired with a full-time Accenture consultant that serves as a mentor and coach throughout the Challenge. Our video from the 2021 Challenge with the Covenant House is an example of the impact and connections built each year through the Accenture Innovation Challenge.

Accenture Innovation Challenge 2021 | Covenant House

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