Accenture Innovation Index

2014 Accenture Innovation Index Entries are now closed


The Accenture Innovation Index annually measures, recognises and rewards innovation and systems of innovation in organisations of all sizes in the South African public and private sectors. It also aims to provide an authoritative, objective snapshot of the current state of innovation in South Africa.

How do I enter

Entries are open to organisations of all sizes, listed and non-listed, in the South African public and private sectors. We encourage last year's participants to enter again.

How does it work?

apply online

Your application form is the entry point to participate. You will need to complete this form and afterwards you will receive verification to indicate whether or not your organisation qualifies to proceed to the main questionnaire. Non-qualifying organisations will regretfully be declined.

complete the questionnaire

Qualifying organisations will receive a private, customised link tot their online questionnaire. The questionnaire touches on all aspects of their organisation's innovation and have the option to submit their concepts for consideration in the showcase and awards.

Innovation diagnostics

All participants will receive a confidential, customised innovation diagnostic report that identifies their innovation gaps and strengths. The report also provides them with a benchmark within their industry and strategies which may help them gain a competitive advantage.

Showcase and awards

The top entries will be invited to showcase their innovation at the Accenture Innovation Conference, which will be held at the JOHANNESBURG COUNTRY CLUB, WOODMEAD on 26 February 2015. Award winners of 2014 Accenture Innovation Index will be revealed on the day of the Conference.

Awards and key findings

Award winners and key findings of the 2014 Accenture Innovation Index will be revealed.


The Innovation Conference brings together global, Africa and local thought leaders to offer new thinking and stimulate conversations around innovation in our emerging economy.


31 oct 2014

Innovation Index entries close

29 & 30 JAN 2015

Adjudication, short list for innovation masters and top concepts

6 feb 2015

Announce finalists for innovation masters and top concepts

26 feb 2015

Innovation Conference
Innovation Showcase
Innovation Index Awards

Please note

We highly recommend that a senior executive champion complete and represent your organisation's entry due to the comprehensive information required. Completing the questionnaire should take no longer than an hour. Having materials below on hand will speed up your submission process.

  • Business and innovation strategy

  • Marketing and sales plans, and figures for the last three years

  • Financial statements, with a breakdown of operational revenue

  • List of intellectual property protection

  • Commercialisation, innovation and process improvement outcomes

  • Information on staff development, retention and attrition

  • Corporate social investment information, including BB-BEE and environmental policies and practises

If you have queries, or need assistance filling in the questionnaire, you can contact Carol Varga from the Da Vinci Institute +27 11 900 4466 or

Register for Innovation Index 2015

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The information you supply when you enter the Accenture Innovation Index is treated with utmost discretion. Our adjudicators and judges sign a non-disclosure agreement and are screened for any conflicts of interest . You can be assured of the confidentiality and the professionalism applied to your entry during every step of the process.

about the questionnaire

The innovation questionnaire touches on all aspects of innovation within your organisation. The questionnaire serves a dual function.

Measure your innovation

The information you submit will be assessed and you will receive a customised innovation diagnostic report that identifies your organisation's innovation gaps and strengths. The diagnostic also benchmarks you within your industry and provides strategies which may help you gain a competitive advantage.

Submit your concepts

You also have the option to submit your concepts for consideration in the innovation showcase and awards. Innovative concepts can include - but are not limited to - projects, products, services, processes and systems.

Submitted concepts must have been implemented from one day to three years and should also be proudly South African. To protect your intellectual property, only commercialised products and services may be submitted.

Working collaboratively to complete the online questionnaire will ignite new conversations across various areas and staffing levels within your organisation. These interactions help you uncover strengths and opportunities from the onset of your participation in the Accenture Innovation Index.

Accenture Innovation Key Findings

2013 Key Findings