Young Fylde entrepreneur is aiming to inspire

Thornton's Dawood Fard, founder of Centurus presents to Business and IT learners.

Thornton's Dawood Fard, founder of Centurus presents to Business and IT learners.

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Budding entrepreneurs have been given a glimpse of what the future could look like by one of Blackpool’s most promising young businessmen.

Award-winning Dawood Fard, 26, from Thornton, was taking part in Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) and has been helping to inspire learners with his story of success.

The former Hodgson High School pupil is the creator of international student applications system Centurus, which is used in more than 160 UK universities and colleges, 950 international agencies, and supports more than 30,000 international student applications every year.

His business’ software cuts immigration abuse and streamlines applications for students.

He delivered a presentation to Business and IT learners at Preston’s College about his journey, which has most recently seen Centurus take the Best Digital prize at the Lloyds Bank Enterprise Awards 2014.

Dawood said: “It was a pleasure to meet and speak with students at Preston’s College and share my story.

“It’s inspiring to see such a diverse and creative set of 
students ready to explore their next steps after college. Enterprise is vital for all career minded individuals in this competitive environment, whether they are to work and add value to an organisation or set up themselves.”

“The software we’ve 
developed brings the sector together with a single portal for international agents and institutions. I had the idea when I visited India on a business placement.”

Mandy Parkinson, enterprise and commercial manager at Preston’s College, added: “The idea of these events is to inspire and empower the next generation of entrepreneurs, and communicate to our students that their ambitions are in reach.

“That’s why it’s important to introduce learners to people like Dawood as a real, tangible example of a young, local person who has turned his aspirations into reality.”

Keddy Banda, 18, who studies business said: “It was really good to get the opportunity to listen to the experiences of someone like Dawood who is young but has made a successful business.

“It helps us to add context to what we learn in class and realise the potential of what can be achieved if you work hard and have a good idea and business brain.”