Aged 21, Omar is studying MSc Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management and was one of a few inspiring graduates to receive the prestigious Dean’s Award, which supports budding entrepreneurs who have a brilliant business idea.
Loughborough University Alumnus, Omar Whyte was one of our first students to register at Loughborough University London. Aged 21, Omar is studying MSc Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management and was one of a few inspiring graduates to receive the prestigious Dean’s Award, which supports budding entrepreneurs who have a brilliant business idea. Omar was awarded 90% off the full cost of his tuition fees, to nurture his already thriving entrepreneurial talent and develop his exciting business idea.
You completed your undergraduate degree at Loughborough University’s East Midlands campus. What made you decide to take a Master’s programme at Loughborough University’s new campus in London?
I studied History and International Relations within the School of Social, Political and Geographical Sciences at Loughborough’s East Midlands campus. I really enjoyed my time at Loughborough and was really impressed by the teaching and the support networks available to me as an undergraduate. As a proud Loughborough grad, I was excited about Loughborough’s decision to expand into London from the start. I knew for a long time that I wanted to be one of the very first to study at the new campus. It feels like we are involved in something really special here. Loughborough University is like home to me, so I’m glad that I get to take part in this new venture.
What are you most looking forward to about the MSc Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management programme?
This course is the most popular across the entire campus, and I can completely see why. I have wanted to start my own business for a while now, but have lacked the skills or the confidence to get the ball rolling. Studying innovation management will teach me how to be business smart and respond to the demands of today’s society in a creative but effective way. I am really looking forward to learning what it means to lead an innovative movement and I am excited to see how I can apply these principles to my own business plans and proposals.
Which module are you most looking forward to?
I’m really looking forward to getting started on the Collaborative Project module. I like the fact that a cross section of students work together on a real business problem from a genuine industry partner of the university. That means designers, media professionals, entrepreneurs, diplomats and business experts will all be working on the same project, and will present back to the industry client once complete. I’m really looking forward to seeing these different talents come together. The final product should be pretty impressive.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
I really want to be heading up my own business. I don't want to give away too much about my idea, but what I will say is that I want to support disadvantaged young people to achieve their full potential. I’m really confident about my business idea, but if my plans fail for whatever reason, I think I would still like to continue working in business. I like the idea of working in the Creative Industries, and with East London being the creative capital of the UK, I know I’m in the perfect place to engage with this sector.