Think Announces Inaugural Think | INNOVATE Champions of Innovation Program

The award ceremony will be held at the closing conference Think | INNOVATE 2024 Happy Hour on Thursday, May 2, 2024.

BALTIMORE & WASHINGTON & ALEXANDRIA, Va.--()--Think Systems Inc., a national innovation, operational excellence, human capital management and metric + milestone driven advisory firm, is pleased to announce its inaugural innovation recognition program, The Champions of Innovation, which celebrates organizations that have embraced innovation to achieve operational excellence.

This national recognition program will be hosted alongside the second annual conference, Think | INNOVATE 2024, that will tell the stories of the industry’s most unique leaders and companies who are putting innovation at the forefront.

“At Think, innovation is in our DNA. We are constantly innovating and considering new products and programs to accelerate transformation,” said Michael Binko, Managing Director for Venture Services, Innovation and Ecosystems. “This year, we asked ourselves - what’s missing? There are so many incredible companies who are working towards building a better future, yet many aren’t recognized as often as they should. We believe this is the ideal way to recognize innovators, and innovations that play a key role in defining the path to innovation leadership.”

Companies across the country can apply for several recognition categories, including Operational Excellence, Human Capital Management Excellence, and Data & Metrics Excellence. Think is accepting submissions for the Champions of Innovation program now with a February 2, 2024, deadline. Stakeholders with well-documented Innovation case studies are encouraged to submit them for both conference session and Champions of Innovation consideration.

Nominee Criteria

  • Accomplishments should have occurred between January 2022-present.
  • Nominated organizations must operate in the United States.
  • Nominated organizations should fit into one of the following industry sectors:
    • Health | Life Sciences
    • Biotech | Pharma
    • Financial Services | ECM
    • Government | Public Sector
    • Manufacturing | Supply Chain
    • Cyber | Security
    • Cloud | As-a-Service | IT
    • Energy
    • Automotive | Transportation
    • Commerce | Retail
    • Education | Non-Profit | NGOs

How to Participate

  • Confirm that you or the organization you wish to nominate meets the submission criteria to be recognized.
  • Visit and submit the online application form for yourself or an organization you wish to nominate as a Champion of Innovation by Friday, April 05, 2024.

Think | INNOVATE 2024 will serve as a content hub for the finalists' stories, profiles, interviews, slideshows, and photo galleries featuring the 2024 finalists. Finalists will also be featured within i95 Business Magazine and within Think’s "The It Factor” newsletter.

During the conference happy hour on Thursday, May 2nd, Think will recognize the Champions of Innovation representing individuals and/or organizations that have demonstrated leadership at the forefront of Innovation Road mapping and Venture Development.

Think | INNOVATE 2024 will attract 200+ national C-level executives, business owners and government/public sector leaders to the DMV from a wide array of industry and innovation categories.

The one-day event will be held on May 2, 2024, at the stunning Merriweather Lakehouse Autograph Collection property in the newly appointed and expanded Merriweather Innovation District located in the heart of Columbia, Maryland – one of the most consistently vibrant US innovation ecosystems.

For more information about Think | INNOVATE 2024 and to register click:

About Think

Founded in 2004, Think is a national management consulting firm serving both the private and public sectors. Think is a transformative partner that helps innovators bridge the gap between the organization they are today and the one they want to become. Founded on the principles of trust and reliability, we approach every challenge with a determined spirit and the resolve required to redefine the standard for operational excellence across sectors and at any life cycle stage of growth. Our team comprises senior executives, operators and subject-matter experts (SMEs) with deep experience in Innovation/Technology, Human Capital, Operations, Program/Project Management, Ecosystems, Capital, Venture Development, Resource Mapping as well as diverse industry sector knowledge, experience and perspective. Simply put, our team of experts supercharge transformation and results using a metric + milestone driven approach. To learn more visit us at


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