I’ve been working with TalentBridge for a year now, in a couple of different capacities, and have been able to see a number TalentBridge initiatives through – none so swiftly or as efficiently as OIC.  Steve Robins and Will Armstrong, under the direction, assistance and support of Manu Sharma and with the assistance of Amanda Emmanuel, have been able in a very short period of time (we’re talking weeks here), and while also working full time, put together, from initiative to launch, the Ottawa Innovation Challenge.

The team took control of the initiative, stopped talking about it and got down to action.  This is a trait we all think we have, but when tested, very few pass the test, and even less do it as efficiently as this team was able to.

Proposal writing, high-level planning, getting companies on board, sponsorship, marketing, web site development, event organization, collateral writing, company packages – these are just few of the task undertaken by the team during the past weeks – all leading up to the launch of OIC today, Friday August 21, 2009 at 5:00 pm.

Seeing how well they have organized the lead up to the event, I have no doubt that Ottawa Innovation Challenge will run smoothly, allowing the participants a venue to innovate and create and allowing the focus to be on the participants to be recognized for the talents.

For up-to-date OIC news, follow on twitter at @innovateOttawa.

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