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Omar de Silva, 2017 Anthill 30under30 Winner

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30under30 is an Anthill initiative launched in early 2008 to encourage and promote entrepreneurship among young Australians.

Each year, we invite our readers to nominate young Australian entrepreneurs deserving of recognition for their outstanding entrepreneurial endeavours. More.

Omar de Silva, VIC (b. 199x)

Name: Omar de Silva
Age: 28
Known for: The Plato Project

It was in 2016 that Omar started The Plato Project – “the new business school” that has been built by entrepreneurs with proven track records, in partnership with industry‑leading organisations so as to ensure the content and curriculum is as useful and relevant as possible.

“All programs are underpinned by entrepreneurial spirit, mindfulness and purpose‑driven business. This is to support individuals in being their best ‘personal selves’ so they can in turn be their best ‘professional selves’,” he shared with Anthill.

“We run programs online and in a blended format, in a ‘stackable’ way which allows participants to build their own program, getting them to their goals the best way possible.”

Omar has created the first ever Bachelor of Applied Entrepreneurship and Applied Social Entrepreneurship of the Ducere Global Business School and has also been an ambassador for Global Entrepreneurship Week as well as a G20 Young Entrepreneur Alliance ‘Sherpa’.

Since their official launch in October The Plato Project has worked for PwC, The Good Guys, REA Group, CarSales, had over 10,000 people engage in their online programs in one form or another and had 200 complete face‑to‑face programs. Omar has also secured partnerships with PwC, Carsales, RealEstate.com.au, M&C Saatchi, Broadsheet Media and Who Gives a Crap.

“I’ve managed to do this by selling the vision of what we’re trying to achieve. This has allowed us to rapidly develop credibility in the market and reach to a network far bigger than our own,” he remarked.

“I have also raised $750,000 from my investors and secured partnerships with some of the biggest companies in Australia with nothing more than a vision. In the last nine months, since official launch, we’ve achieved a run rate in excess of $1 million with students from around the world,” Omar further revealed.

Anthill asks: What motivates you as an entrepreneur?

I believe education and entrepreneurship can change the world. Everything I do supports individuals being the best they can be, in turn making those around them the best they can be, in turn making substantial change. I want to prove you can have personal and professional success and wellbeing, not needing to sacrifice mental health or family in order to build a successful professional career.

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