Accenture HealthTech Innovation Challenge 2018 for Startups


Now in its third year, the Accenture HealthTech Innovation Challenge will once again bring startups, life sciences companies and healthcare organizations together to tackle the world’s biggest health issues. Scroll down to see our schedule of regional round locations around the globe and updated themes.

The HealthTech Innovation Challenge is part of Accenture’s broader HealthTech Innovation program which will also include acceleration and venture opportunities, innovation labs, and more. Through it we support technologies and drive creative solutions to improve the way people access and manage healthcare.


The opportunity to identify and engage with cutting-edge startups with a focus on solving healthcare and life sciences problems

Network with peers, investors and leading influencers

Access to the StartUp Health Festival (invite only) during the JP Morgan Healthcare Investor conference in San Francisco

Media exposure as a partner to the program

The opportunity to build deeper relationships with dynamic industry-shapers and industry innovators; including collaboration and co-innovation

Practical experience with Accenture’s Innovation Architecture and design-thinking approach


Selected applicants will be invited to compete in one of our regional rounds in Sydney, Tokyo, Dublin or Boston where they will be judged by an esteemed panel of leading life sciences and healthcare company executives. The finalists will be invited to compete in San Francisco at the Startup Health Festival on Monday, January 7, 2019.

JUNE 30, 2018 Accepting submissions
SEPTEMBER 1, 2018 Submission closes
OCTOBER 1, 2018 Shortlist established
NOVEMBER Pitching rounds
Tokyo, Japan NOVEMBER 1
Sydney, Australia NOVEMBER 15
Dublin, Ireland NOVEMBER 15
Boston, Massachusetts NOVEMBER 29
JANUARY 7, 2019 Innovation Champions selected at the Startup Health Festival in San Francisco
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