Who We Are
Skillz Academy is a training academy that recruits, trains and places individuals in business-oriented roles in technology companies. We are licensed by the Board of Regents of the State of Louisiana and our program is built for individuals that are historically underrepresented in the technology industry, including minorities, women, and people without four-year college degrees.
Our first program is a Software Sales Training program that trains individuals for entry-level positions in sales, business development, and customer success. In doing so, we will also address the lack of racial, economic, and gender diversity in the tech industry, which remains one of the least diverse industries in the United States. As the technology industry continues to grow, there is an ever increasing need for business-oriented technology roles to support the sale of technology products and services. Unfortunately, many individuals from underrepresented backgrounds, who would be great candidates for these jobs, often lack the skills, knowledge, and opportunities to compete for jobs in many tech companies. Our goal at Skillz Academy is to fill this gap by providing employers with a group of well-trained and diverse salespeople who are excited to launch a career in tech.
Tech Job Openings (2020)
# of Sales Jobs in Tech – Next 8 years
% of Tech Workforce – Black/Latinx
The jobs of the future are in tech. Many of the jobs in the hospitality, travel, and retail industries have disappeared and are not predicted to return. These jobs tend to be low-paying. On the other hand, jobs in technology and technology-driven industries continue to grow and companies are seeking well-trained people for roles in sales, business development and customer success. Business and sales oriented jobs in tech are in-demand, they pay well, and provide benefits and job stability.
The founders and advisors of Skillz Academy are seasoned sales professionals with over 50 years of combined sales experience in media and technology. We believe that a large number of the people that have lost their jobs due to the pandemic can be re-trained for sales and customer success roles using modern, data-driven, and academically sound sales techniques, methods and models. We have deployed many of these methods in our own companies and are excited to bring our passion for sales to Skillz Academy.