Accenture has made a strategic investment in Inrupt. Co-founded by communications pioneer Tim Berners-Lee, the enterprise software company is focused on empowering users with their personal data.

Tim Berners-Lee is a professor of computer science at the University of Oxford and a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The English computer scientist is best known as the inventor of the World Wide Web – the advent of which revolutionized the world and its economy in the decades that followed.

However, as the Internet has connected users around the world in ways never before imagined, it has also brought with it unimaginable new challenges. In particular, the reams of data it generates have enabled a new era of predatory capitalism and surveillance politics – something that is far from the intentions of the creator of the technology.

Seeking to redress the balance, Berners-Lee co-founded a new start-up with entrepreneur John Bruce: Inrupt. The enterprise software company is focused on putting personal online data back in the power of users, while reinventing the way businesses and governments manage digital data.

Berners-Lee said, “Thirty-three years after the birth of the World Wide Web, Inrupt implements my original vision of a network of shared benefits, for everyone. With Solid, our powerful open source technology, we are working to create a new Internet era by giving individuals control over their data, giving organizations new opportunities to create value for customers and enabling developers to thrive on an open innovation market. ”

The company’s Enterprise Solid Server platform, based on Berners-Lee’s open-source Solid Web technology, enables businesses and governments to provide consumers and citizens with personal data safes. This gathers and stores data from multiple disconnected sources in a web-standard format and allows individuals to decide what data to share between apps and services.

Accenture research shows that 89% of executives believe their organization’s ability to drive business value will increasingly depend on the limitations and opportunities of their technology architecture. This is something that Inrupt’s offering could help solve because instead of taking responsibility for collecting, storing, protecting, and unifying data across incompatible back-end systems, Companies and governments can organize users’ personal data around the individual it belongs to, providing more control and transparency.

Through this, Inrupt attracted an undisclosed strategic investment from Accenture. The tech consulting giant made the investment through Accenture Ventures, and Inrupt is now part of Accenture Ventures’ Project Spotlight, an engagement and investment program that connects emerging tech software startups to the Global 2000 to address strategic innovation gaps. Project Spotlight provides extensive access to the domain expertise of Accenture and its corporate clients, helping start-ups harness human creativity and deliver on the promise of their technology.

“Managing and storing personal data is a fragmented process for businesses that makes it difficult for users to understand where their data resides and who has control over it,” said Tom Lounibos, managing director of Accenture Ventures. “Our investment in Inrupt demonstrates our commitment to helping our customers rethink their technology architectures and find new solutions. Inrupt can help users and businesses transform the traditional one-way experience of data ownership into a more collaborative experience at scale across multiple sources, which is increasingly important as businesses begin to scale. a metaverse strategy.