About us

ABOUT US

Supporting Young Graduates to Create Impactful Solutions for Issues Affecting them and their Communities

ABOUT US

BizSkills Academy Inc. is a Canadian firm with a social enterprise directive to empower the 18 – 35-year-old young and potential entrepreneurs achieve their dreams. The youth, especially in developing countries have legions of ideas and opportunities but are faced with inadequate tools, workspace and guidance to help nurture them. BizSkills online Academy connects members to the courses, tools, workspace and guidance that inspire students to think deeper about problems within their communities that fall within their specific interests. We strive to create community change agents actively engaged in solving their community’s challenges. BizSkills Academy’s flexible and dynamic tools help future change agents develop custom solutions that improve their community while respecting their community nature and norms. We empower them with new ways of thinking to address those challenges. The BizSkills Academy learning center provides a curated experience for each user and supports a diverse set of stakeholders ranging from early-stage entrepreneurs, educational and training institutions, business advisors, governments and Nongovernmental Organizations (NGOs). We aim to inspire a new generation of change agents, entrepreneurs, intrapreneurs who will ultimately create jobs for a growing population globally, more so in the developing countries.

OUR MISSION

Empowering youth with skills, knowledge and inspiration to create bourgeoning solutions to communities’ emerging problems.

OUR VISION

To build a global network of young people who foster and propagate social entrepreneurship in our communities through an engaging and self-paced entrepreneurial learning platform.

OUR CORE VALUES

Professional Excellence

We strive to offer an intuitive and immersive service to all through capacity-building and training. Equipping youths with skills and technology are our commitment to all our customers and partners.

Social Impact

Our social enterprise directive has been founded on three critical pillars: technology, social issues, and profitability.  We apply the convergence of these three pillars to deliver an inexpensive service to all.

Client-Centric Focus and Value Creation

We go beyond the traditional customer-vendor relationship to co-create impactful experiences with our customers by collaborating with them to understand their unique context and, together, develop strategies to achieve optimal solutions.

Leveraging the Power of Technology

In an ever-changing world, we are committed to using cutting edge technology and innovation to deliver a personalized learning experience to foster limitless imagination and creativity.

OUR TEAM MEMBERS

Norman Musengimna

Founder & CEO

“Each one of us was born with a unique gift. It is our role as a community to help each other identify and maximize its full potential, and the impact that gift has in our communities around the world.”

BizSkills Academy evolved

from Norman’s experiences developing business plans, advising entrepreneurs, conducting entrepreneurship training workshops, business plan competitions and the master’s program he undertook at Queen’s university. He was among the 2018 cohort of the Queen’s Innovation Centre Summer Initiative (QICSI). BizSkills Academy has its headquarters at the Queen’s Innovation Park, Kingston – Ontario. A social innovator in the education space, Norman believes that blended value and collective impact are the secret source to creating and unlocking employment opportunities for remote and marginalised communities. The time to solve systemic challenges through a project approach, and for a single institution to single-handedly solve the youth unemployment challenge or to deliver collective impact is long gone! Co-creation and partnership through sustainable solutions is the new way to make the world a better place for all tomorrow!. Norman has lived & worked in more  7 countries in the start-up space, a life learner and curious mind, Norman enjoys sharing  this body of experience and knowledge that he enjoys sharing through BizSkills Academy.

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Daisy Gobina

Director of Partnerships & Operations,

Recently completed a Master’s in Management of Innovation and Entrepreneurship and Certificate in Social Impact at Smith School of Business Queens University. Daisy’s career experience includes

working in startup teams, sales, retail, logistics and improving productivity.

Daisy is a highly motivated individual skilled in Innovation Management, Analytical Skills, Sales, Communication, Sales Operations, Supply Chain and Logistics. She is passionate to share her life experiences and skills with young people, women and stundets who are curious and looking forward to learning more of the things she has been blessed to learn and enjoy. 

Joining BizSkills Academy gave the opportunity to share even more from a capacity and personale development perspective, because of the opportunity she has to empower millions of people through the use of technology.

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Amey Zhang

Director of User Analysis and Marketing

A high performance driven professional with a long-standing interest in business development & finance. A graduate in Statistics and Economics at Queen’s University. Amey leverages her extensive international

network to conduct international business activities at BizSkills Academy Inc.

She is  a technology consultant, co-founder of BizSkills Academy, Cansbridge fellow and Queen’s Mathematics alumna.
She has experience in business operation, marketing analysis, project management and entrepreneurship and is focusing on using data technology to improve process efficiency and provide insights for business decisions while at the same time ensuring that the user benefits from not only the programs we have developed but is able to enjoy the technology we are using to do so.

BizSkills Academy provides an opportunity to connect with people from different industries to share insights and ideas on how to empower the youth to be self reliant and build a better future for themselves.

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Valérie Masumbuko

Director of Business Development, Inclusion and Diversity

PhD Candidate in Gender Studies Valerie was born in Burundi. She is a Belgian citizen, who did her PhD at the University of Ottawa. Valerie is passionate about women and youth economic empowerment as well as gender and inclusiveness...

As an individual who has over 20 years in action research, extended experience working with government agencies, United Nations agencies, local and international NGOs, academic institutions and Faith communities; she understands what it takes to help deliver collective impact through carefully and well-designed programs. This rich background met BizSkills’ ambitious vision, and we were excited when she accepted to join the team and help drive the European and African business development as well as the diversity and inclusion agenda of the company both at the product development and market development levels. Valerie has rich professional experience and insights in diversity, studying and working in different countries of Africa, Europe, North and South America (Belgium, Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Djibouti, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guinea-Conakry, Kenya, Liberia, the Netherlands, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Senegal, Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan, Zambia). Valerie says, “as a lifelong learner, I am eager to learn how to apply my experiences and technological innovations to deliver massive impact to communities and people living at the bottom of the pyramid.”

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OUR ADVISORS

  • Advisors

    Shari Hughson & JP Shearer

  • Innovation Park

    Edward Thomas

  • Launchlab

    Scott Runte & Sam Khan

  • Kingston Economic Development Corporation

    Andrew Bacchus

  • Africa

    Dr. Komi Klu