At opening event, Accenture to host panel with Houston business leaders to discuss expanding city’s innovation economy
HOUSTON; Feb. 22, 2017 – Accenture (NYSE: ACN) today opened a new innovation hub in Houston as part of the company’s accelerated innovation investment in the U.S. The innovation hub is designed to help clients grow, compete and transform in the digital economy. Houston is the first of 10 new hubs that Accenture will establish as part of a nationwide initiative, which includes a $1.4 billion investment in training and the hiring of 15,000 new employees over the next four years.
Located in the heart of Houston’s business district, the innovation hub includes a liquid studio and innovation center. These are highly collaborative environments where Accenture works side-by-side with its clients to leverage digital and emerging technologies, including artificial intelligence, blockchain, drones with computer vision, and virtual reality to create innovative business solutions.
By the end of 2020, Accenture will open 10 new innovation hubs in key cities in the U.S.
as part of a nationwide initiative to accelerate its innovation investment in the United States.
Expanding Houston’s Innovation Economy
In conjunction with the opening of the new innovation hub, Accenture is hosting a panel discussion with local business and civic leaders to discuss the findings of a study conducted with the Greater Houston Partnership. The research was designed to identify opportunities to develop Houston’s innovation ecosystem and includes a survey of local business leaders, entrepreneurs, policy makers, researchers and venture capitalists as well as learnings from the development paths of other cities.
“As our early findings suggest, Houston has an excellent opportunity to further diversify its economy and raise its profile as an attractive destination for entrepreneurs and startups,” said Bob Harvey, president and CEO of the Greater Houston Partnership. “The Partnership is a key driver of collaborative efforts to grow the region’s innovation economy, so we are committed to a continued partnership with Accenture to help set the strategy to mature Houston’s high-growth, high-impact startup ecosystem.”
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