OAK’s Own Manu Sharma Awarded Forty Under 40 for Commitment to Community & Entrepreneurship


OBJ Forty Under 40 - Manu SharmaLeadership, innovation and philanthropy, three qualities in which a candidate must possess in order to be a recipient of Ottawa Business Journal’s ‘Forty under 40’ award. Owning these qualities, as well as being an accomplished and innovative entrepreneur, OAK’s own Manu Sharma is very much deserving of this year’s award.

A leader is something that describes Manu perfectly. At OAK, he is passionate about business, ideas and people. Confidently leading our team to do more, to do better and make a difference in this world. Manu is also a recognized leader in the community. In 2012, he was nominated a Mentor Rock Star by Startup Canada because of his dedication to helping young entrepreneurs grow to their full potential. With an incredible drive for success, Manu is an inspiration for any aspiring entrepreneur.

However where Manu’s heart truly lies in is his community.  When asked the story behind the company name OAK, Manu responds,  “An oak tree has deep roots in the community and is always there to provide shade from the sun and protection from the rain”. Manu has always avidly given back to his community and inspires others around him to do the same. As of late, he has been focusing on several community initiatives, most notably for Kiva and OAK’s 3D Printer crowd sourcing campaign.

Manu Sharma is truly an inspiration for us all. He is a driven change maker who will continue to make this world a better place. Ottawa Business Journal’s Forty Under 40 award is a true recognition of everything Manu represents. Manu’s peers, community and OAK are all so very proud of him, and agree it couldn’t have been given to a more deserving individual.

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