BSc Business Information Systems Management (BISM) alumnus Mohammed Fawaz has won a Global Student Entrepreneur Award (GSEA) to mark his achievement in starting his own business, Global Tutor, while studying at Middlesex.
The GSEA program is an international competition series for students who run businesses alongside their studies. Mohammed was named the GSEA Student Entrepreneur National Champion for Sri Lanka on 4 February 2015.
Mohammed was first inspired to set up Global Tutor in early 2012. With a keen interest in IT, he had hoped to begin learning more from home, but quickly discovered that many online learning facilities had geographical restrictions. Being unable to get any learning support as result, Mohammed spotted a clear gap in the online education market and the idea for Global Tutor was born.
Global Tutor is an online educational service provider that caters to student requirements around the world. The company conducts live online classes to help students prepare themselves for both the GCE O/L exams and IGCSE exams, using whichever curriculum is applicable to the student, from the comfort of their own home.
The website uses worksheets, quizzes, exams, e-books, videos and other web resources, tailored to each individual's level, to help them learn. It also provides the student with automatic evaluations of their progress, and sends reports to parents to help them monitor the student's progress.
"One of the biggest challenges I faced was with breaking an entirely new product into the market. Although the concept of online education itself has been around for a while, live tutoring and other unique features of Global Tutor were brand new to the market in Sri Lanka."
Despite being a student when he first came up with the idea for Global Tutor, Mohammed managed to get the business going and still get a achieve a first in his degree at Middlesex.
"My BISM degree at Middlesex really helped me develop my business plan by giving me a grounding in business development and by exposing me to many different aspects of business that I needed to consider."
The GSEA Global Finals will be held on 15-17 April 2015 in Washington DC, where 1700 competitors from over 20 countries will compete for the winning prize of $20,000 in cash, as well as free support in web services, PR and consulting.
The GSEA said "We are delighted to have Mohammed attend as a student entrepreneur finalist to present his entrepreneurism to our panel of international judges and compete for the GSEA Global Championship title."
For more information on the GSEA, click here.