Ornella Gashumba

Class of 2017-2018

Oklahoma Christian University, 2016
Math and Finance

Why I chose ESTEEM: I chose ESTEEM because in a year I could learn lessons that take most entrepreneurs several years to learn and cost many thousands of dollars. I chose ESTEEM because here I can fail cheaply and fast, and learn at every occasion thanks to seasoned entrepreneurs leveraging their experience to provide me with guidance on my entrepreneurial journey.

My capstone thesis project and why I’m excited about it: My thesis will look at how PwC, a professional services firm, can leverage Cloud Computing to create cloud based products that compliment the company's services in order to generate new revenues from the Small Medium Business market and maintain brand relevance. Today is a turning point in the professional services industry due to many disruptive technologies. I am excited because I get to be part of crafting how consulting will work in the future.

What I hope to do after ESTEEM: After ESTEEM, I hope to join the consulting industry where I will apply my business acumen while I learn about the inner workings of various industries. Long term, I hope to start a people, planet, and profit-minded consulting practice to empower entrepreneurs from Africa and around the world to make a direct and lasting impact on our global community.

What I like to do when I’m not working in Innovation Park: When I am not with my friends overanalyzing a Game of Thrones episode or trying to convince them that Ravenclaw was the coolest house in Harry Potter, I am on a nature hike listening to a podcast. I also enjoy reading, music, and trying new food. I can also be found laughing uncontrollably at Trevor Noah's jokes.