Multimillionaire music mogul Jamal Edwards to visit Havering College's Hornchurch campus
PUBLISHED: 14:52 13 November 2013 | UPDATED: 14:52 13 November 2013
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He's a self-made multi-millionaire and he's just 23.
Now Havering College students are hoping a little of Jamal Edwards’ entrepreneurial magic rubs off when he pays them a visit on Tuesday. The music-video producer was hailed by Q magazine as one of the most influential people in the industry in March 2012, describing him as the new Simon Cowell.
Student Harry Squires, 18, from Romford said: “Having Jamal come to the college is fantastic opportunity. He is an iconic youngster of our generation.”
Edwards’ extraordinary story started when he was just 15 on a west London council estate.
His parents bought him a video camera for Christmas, which he used to film his friends rapping and singing.
Fast forward eight years and he owns SB.TV, a broadcasting company which makes pop and rap videos, attracting millions of YouTube hits of which Edwards takes a cut of the advertising revenue.
“Try anything, don’t be scared of failure, that is my advice,” he says. “The only failure is not trying. And when you find your niche, what you are really good at, hit it so hard.”
Tuesday’s college visit, to the Ardleigh Green Campus, Ardleigh Green Road, Hornchurch, is part of Global Entrepreneurship Week 2013 - the world’s largest campaign encouraging self starters.
Chidozie Toplis, 19, Chigwell said: “I have followed his career since SBTV started. He is very inspirational. Hopefully he will inspire all the students who attend as he has me.”
Fellow student Nissi Kyeremeh, 19, from Chigwell, added: “Jamal is a true entrepreneur who over the past seven years has turned his passion into a worldwide media phenomenon. He is an inspiration to many young teenagers including myself.”
Laura Trapp, the college’s enterprise co-ordinator, 25, added: “He is a perfect example of how dedication to ones passion can pay off.
“Global Entrepreneurship Week plays a critical role in encouraging the next generation of entrepreneurs to consider starting up their own business. We are committed to harnessing the talents of our students and encouraging them to pursue their passions whatever they may be.”
Tuesday’s visit is by invitation only.