Talent Bridge enters second term

OCRI’s Talent Bridge, a program that provides tech students with practical experience in business, is launching its second term in September. Supported by Ontario’s Innovation Agenda, a $3-billion, eight-year commitment to strengthening the province’s economy through innovation, Talent Bridge is helping to develop Ontario and Ottawa’s next generation of entrepreneurs by giving students hands-on experience in business strategy, sales, marketing and OCRI.jpgcommunications. “To create the next generation of companies and jobs that will improve our lives, and keep Ontario at the forefront of the global innovation economy, we need talented people with the right skills to create new technologies and bring them to the global market,” says Minister of Research and Innovation John Wilkinson. “That’s why we are investing in Talent Bridge. This program is an important part of our efforts to make Ontario the best place in the world to start and grow an innovative company.” Delivered by OCRI’s Entrepreneurship Centre in conjunction with local businesses, the program pairs entrepreneurially-inclined students from Ontario universities and colleges with Ottawa-based small- and medium-sized enterprises. Students will work closely with senior management and executives on-site at participating companies four days a week, and spend the fifth weekday working with OCRI on entrepreneurial projects that benefit the community. The upcoming term will see participation from such companies as Gallium, Macadamian, QNX and Fusetalk. To apply, contact Manu Sharma: msharma@ocri.ca; 613-828-6274 x254.

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