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Congratulations to the Johnson Graduate School of Management team on winning the advanced degree portion of the 2014 Accenture U.S. Innovation Challenge, and to the team from Georgetown University for winning the undergraduate competition!

Advanced degree winning team from the Johnson Graduate School of Management (left to right): Marty Rodgers (Accenture), Jessie Sloan, Hajir Sailor, Evan Footer, Andrew Maia

Undergraduate winning team from Georgetown University (left to right): Marty Rodgers (Accenture), Parth Shah, Aarsh Sachdeva

Finalists - 2014 Accenture U.S. Innovation Challenge
Advance degree competition
•  Johnson School of Management team: Jessie Sloan. Hajir Sailor, Evan Footer, Andrew Maia 
•  Darden School of Business team: Trenton Murphey, Dana Clifford, Quentin Vasdeboncoeur, Ellen Miller
•  Goizueta Business School team: Christopher Sanson, Heidi Laki, Thomas Clark, Matthew Craycraft

Undergraduate competition
•  Georgetown University team: Addie Fleron, Aarsh Sachdeva, Parth Shah
•  Duke University team: Suhani Jalota, Qiuyu Lin, Daniel Ketyer
•  University of California, Berkeley team: Lim Yi Jean, Pranay Singal, Kristie Chang, Kevin Yin 

Take a look through our photo album for pictures from the final round competitions.

The Challenge with a difference

The Accenture Innovation Challenge is the challenge with a difference. Participants put their community spirit and creative ideas to the test to make a positive impact while gaining consulting experience.

•   Work in consulting-style teams and benefit from mentoring by Accenture staff 
•   Develop an innovative idea to solve a real-life challenge face by non-profit partners 
•   Compete for the opportunity to pitch your idea to a non-profit partner and Accenture leaders 
•   Make a real impact: the winning teams will join Accenture for an Innovation Experience to develop the plan to potentially put their ideas into practice 

For a list of eligible schools and organizations, and their registration groupings, see the 'Schools and Diversity Organizations' section on the 'About the Challenge' tab. We also encourage you to review the Official Terms and Conditions for more information.

Explore our page to learn more about the 2014 challenge and take a look back at past challenges.


About the Challenge

The challenge with a difference

The Accenture U.S. Innovation Challenge is a multi-round event that combines hands-on consulting experience with the opportunity to make a positive impact on society. Work with a team to collaboratively develop a solution for a case based on a real-world challenge faced by national non-profits.

About the Process

The Accenture Innovation Challenge will be judged in three rounds, with the first round being a one-day competition on campus. See the table below for additional details.

Schools and Diversity Organizations
See the list below for eligible schools and diversity organizations. 

Diversity Organizations
Group B deadline: Oct. 30

JumpStart Advisory Group Group B
Management Leadership for Tomorrow Group B
Sponsors for Education Opportunities Group B
The Consortium of Graduate Management Studies    Group B

Undergraduate Schools
Group A deadline: Sept. 23, Group B deadline: Oct. 30

Cornell University    Group B     University of California - Berkeley   Group A 
Duke University     Group A     University of Chicago   Group B 
Georgetown University   Group A     University of Michigan   Group B 
Georgia Institute of Technology   Group B     University of North Carolina   Group B 
New York University    Group B     University of Pennsylvania   Group B 
Northwestern University    Group B     University of Texas at Ausitin           Group A
Rice University    Group A    University of Virginia   Group B

Advance Degree Schools
Group A deadline: Sept 23, Group B deadline: Oct. 30, Group C deadline: Nov.13

Cornell University    Group A     University of Chicago    Group C 
Duke University    Group A     University of Michigan   Group B 
Emory University    Group A     University of Pennsylvania   Group B 
Northwestern University   Group B    University of Virginia       Group A
University of California - Berkeley    Group A     University of Virginia   Group A


Challenge Awards 
Exciting consulting opportunities with Accenture will be awarded to the winning teams in each round.

See the Official Terms and Conditions for more information.

A look at Past Challenges

Challenge photos, credentials and more

2013 Challenge Winners
Please join us in congratulating the winners of the 2013 Accenture Innovation Challenge:

Graduate Team Finalists
Winner! University of Michigan Nirmal Deshpande, Luke Rondel, Erik Williams, Jessica Knapp
Cornell University Chris Selle, Sierra Stewart, Christine Rossi, Justin Charlton
New York University Annie McWilliams, Andrew Chi, Irma Alvarez, Wemimo Abbey

Undergraduate Team Finalists
Winner! University of Pennsylvania    Maria Jose Corella Carranza, Kimberly Yao, George Song, Chetna Johri
University of Michigan Alim Leung, Margo Lee, Daniel Tarockoff
University of Virginia Arthur Wu, Jesse Peterson, Meklit Adnan, Shivon Sood

Thank you to all the teams that have competed throughout the challenge and thank you to our non-profit partners Goodwill® and Usher's New Look Foundation.

A look at the 2013 Innovation Challenge
Check out our photo album on Facebook for a glimpse at some of the teams and activities for the 2013 Accenture Innovation Challenge.

Watch our playlist on YouTube for insights and advice from student participants, and Accenture and non-profit partner judges who attended the final round of the 2013 Innovation Challenge.

Turning issue into outcome
For the 2012 and 2013 Innovation Challenge, 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.

•    KaBOOM! (2012) - An innovative digital strategy was put in place to help position the organization to inspire more volunteers to create great playspaces for America's kids. Learn more
•  America's Promise Alliance (2012) - The organization's digital presence was enhanced to position the national youth partnership to inspire website visitors to act in support of America's children and youth. Learn more.
•   Usher's New Look (2013) - A digital strategy was developed to help the organization effectively engage with alumni and volunteers. Learn more.

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

2013 Accenture Innovation Challenge Blog Summaries
Reflections on the Accenture Innovation Challenge - Jessica Knapp, member of the University of Michigan graduate challenge winning team. Non-profit partner: Goodwill®.  

Apply for the Accenture Innovation Challenge! - Chetna Jori, member of the University of Pennsylvania undergraduate challenge winning team. Non-profit partner: Usher's New Look.

Non-profit Partners

Partners for possibilities

Accenture is proud to partner with national non-profit organizations, World Vision and Ashoka for the 2014 Accenture U.S. Innovation Challenge. As part of the challenge, participating students will develop - and compete for a chance to possibly help implement - solutions that address real-world challenges faced by these organizations.


World Vision is a humanitarian organization dedicated to working with children, families, and communities worldwide to tackle the causes of poverty and injustice.  This organization provides emergency assistance to children and families affected by natural disasters and civil conflict, works with communities to develop long-term solutions to alleviate poverty, and advocates for justice on behalf of the poor.

  Ashoka is the largest network of social entrepreneurs in the world, utilizing nearly 3000 Ashoka Fellows in 70 countries. The organization focuses on bringing together the people, resources, and ecosystems needed to spur social change. It provides start-up financing, professional support services, and connections to a global network, engaging y oung entrepreneurial talent to solve complex social problems.  
U.S. Cross-Campus Innovation Competition - Accenture 
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