Queen's Innovation Centre

Dunin-Deshpande Queen's Innovation Centre
Dunin-Deshpande Queen's Innovation Centre

Founder Spotlight: Norman Musengimana is Making Strides in Kingston and Beyond

The Founder & CEO of BizSkills Academy marked 2018 as the most productive year of his life.

Norman Musengimana, Founder and CEO of BizSkills Academy Inc.

Norman Musengimana, Founder and CEO of BizSkills Academy Inc., has made some amazing strides in the past year and has marked 2018 as the most productive year of his life. Norman came to Canada for the first time in September of 2017 when he began the Master of Management in Innovation and Entrepreneurship (MMIE) program at the Smith School of Business at Queen’s University. A few months later, he was referred to the Dunin-Deshpande Queen's Innovation Centre (DDQIC) where he participated in the Queen’s Innovation Centre Summer Initiative (QICSI) program. In QICSI, Norman was able to continue working on BizSkills, a social enterprise that is delivering an e-learning entrepreneurship program to help create employment opportunities for youth around the globe (https://www.bizskillsacademy.com//).

With the support of the entrepreneurship and innovation system here in Kingston, including organizations such as DDQIC, Smith School of Business, Kingston Economic Development Corporation, Launch Lab, and the Office of Partnerships and Innovation at Innovation Park, Norman has reached new heights with his start-up that he never thought possible. BizSkills has recently signed a contract with their first client in Kingston and Norman is currently in Nairobi, Kenya as part of a plan to enter the African market.

Norman comments that “Thanks to the Queen’s and Kingston community, I can’t afford to ask for more. A truly humbling experience. A life worth living. I live every day to give back to the community and the people the best way I can. I have been given the opportunity and the platform to deliver massive impact in the world, and I am not backing out soon.”