Unlike most teenagers is age, 18 year old young entrepreneur Jamie Dunn already has his goals set. Founder of The Jamie Dunn Academy, the ambitious, confident young man already knows that he is going to be a millionaire by the time he is 20, just 417 days in counting.
From the tender age of 12 where he first got his business sense and set up a market stall, he has now grown to one of the best young entrepreneurs in the country.
“Ever since my first item sold on my stall, I knew that business was what I wanted to do - and what I was destined for, in a way’’
After establishing his stall and making a relatively good amount on it, Jamie decided to apply to the National Enterprise Academy founded by Peter Jones where he got accepted. Acceptance to the academy meant he had to move to Buckinghamshire for six months to take part in it with other 27 young entrepreneurs. The academy taught Jamie an invaluable life lesson on the message of young entrepreneurship and business skills such as sales, marketing, product design but to mention a few.
‘’As soon as I walked into the Academy I knew it would change me and give me everything I needed to succeed. And it did. I became highly skilled in all aspects of business and developed a number of ideas there that I'm still involved with today.’’
After graduation from the academy, Jamie has gone ahead to become a mentor, speaker and coach spreading the word of young entrepreneurs and the power of believing in one self. Jamie now runs his own academy, The Jamie Dunn academy were he inspires other young entrepreneurs and business men from Birmingham.
He has also been involved with other organisations such as the Prince’s Trust and Virgin Media Pioneer where he has delivered speeches on how to involve young people in their businesses.
Jamie has his mind set and is not slowing down; he also has his own radio show in Birmingham and has hopes to develop a project that he can deliver in schools to help young people believe in themselves. Jamie believes age should not be a factor to stop one from venturing out and doing what they believe in.
‘’The way that I see it, everybody started from somewhere, we are all a blank canvas when we are brought into this world, some of us decide to take years thinking about what colours to use, but others have a stroke of genius and create a master-piece. I am far too impatient and hungry to want to spend time picking out my colours and deciding what print to use, I just went for it despite everything and it was the best decision I ever made. Believe it. Achieve it.’’
Look out for the young entrepreneurs’ new book The Entrepreneurs Handbook.
Article written by Christine Maema