FOUR successful entrepreneurs have been passing on their career tips to students at Havering College to mark Global Entrepreneurship Week 2014.
TV and Radio presenter Jade Avia, who co-hosts the Capital Xtra Breakfast Show with Kojo, artist and clothes line boss Princess Nyah, actress and rapper Paigey Cakey plus barrister and social entrepreneur Tunde Okewale inspired students when they shared their experiences and offered advice to the next generation of potential entrepreneurs.
The business 'dragons' took to the stage in The Space at the Ardleigh Green Campus in Hornchurch, Greater London, on Tuesday, November 18th for a conversation hosted by Annika Allen, co-owner and editor of the award-winning youth lifestyle publication Flavour Magazine.
Seventeen-year-old Hornchurch resident Jack Savage, a BTEC Level 3 Media student, also found himself in the spotlight as a 'chat show' interviewer.
Global Entrepreneurship Week is the world's largest campaign to promote entrepreneurship. Each year, it plays a critical role in encouraging the next generation of entrepreneurs to consider starting up their own business.
The Secret to Becoming a Successful Entrepreneur - A conversation with Jade Avia was organised by the college's Enterprise Hub in partnership with the social networking platform, Slenky.
Jade Avia advised students: "In every aspect of life when it comes to being an entrepreneur, or starting a business or making money, stay positive. A positive mental attitude works."
Princess Nyah said: "My top tip is to find a mentor from whatever business you want to go into because if you can tap into their experience it can help you avoid doing the wrong things."
Paigey Cakey puts her secret to success down to her belief in the Law of Attraction.
She said: "If you surround yourself by positive people and always give out positive energy, good things will come your way. Don't think about what you don't want, think about what you do want and it will come to you."
Tunde Okewale - who recently featured in GQ magazine as one of the most influential people under 38.5 - said: "When you plant a seed, you water it and nothing happens straight away. That's what success in business is like. It might take months and all of your hard work goes unrewarded and unnoticed. What you are doing won't necessarily be instantaneously rewarded but there will be a moment when the first leaf appears. If you remember that it will be a motivation when times get hard."
There followed a lively Q & A session when Music Technology degree student Idris Wint-Miller, 18, from Upminster, seized the moment to impress by performing a rap song he has written.
The entrepreneurs also spent time in the college's £6million Centre of Creative Arts, visiting the Music Tech and Fashion studios.
Havering College Enterprise Hub co-ordinator Dolly Odebode said: "Global Entrepreneurship Week is all about encouraging the next generation of entrepreneurs to consider starting up their own businesses. All five of our high-profile guests went down a storm with our students. They show how dedication to one's passion can pay off. As a college we are committed to harnessing and developing our students' talents and encouraging our students to follow their dreams whatever they may be."