Made money, lost money and had fun along the way

Posted on 20th December 2012

And so began the story of the self-proclaimed ‘cheeky chappy’ from Birmingham, Jamie Dunn, an internationally renowned young business man who came to the University of Chester to inspire budding entrepreneurs at the Riverside Innovation Centre (RIC), which is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund.

Will Mason (President of Chester Enterprise Society), Jamie Dunn, Kirsty Badrock (Innovation and Enterprise Co-ordinator) and Michael Williams (VP of CES.)
Will Mason (President of Chester Enterprise Society), Jamie Dunn, Kirsty Badrock (Innovation and Enterprise Co-ordinator) and Michael Williams (VP of CES.)
Chester Enterprise Society was delighted to welcome Jamie to the RIC. His story is one which students can relate to, and his success is something students can aspire to.
Will Mason

Organised in partnership with the Chester Enterprise Society (CES), students from across the University, alumni of Business Bootcamps, and those currently participating in the Destination Rio initiative, were invited to a networking event at the RIC which culminated with Jamie’s keynote speech.

From the myriad of exceptional qualities which have propelled Jamie to engage in a multi-faceted array of entrepreneurial activity, Jamie attributes his success to his ‘sickening work rate’, alongside his tenacity and fortitude. These have led to him being short-listed in the ‘Top 20 Young People in the World 2012’, an award previously won by John F Kennedy. At the age of 20, Jamie has a number of guises; from author, newspaper columnist and Government advisor, to investor and international speaker. With this comes a plethora of observations, advice and wisdom which Jamie shared with his engrossed audience.

Students were treated to Jamie’s insights into the world of business, with an opportunity to explore his motivations further by way of a question and answer session.

Hannah and Beki McGee, former RIC Bootcamp recruits, and founders of the company Half-an-Egg, said: “Jamie is a very inspirational person. He proves that, if you are hungry enough, you can achieve whatever you set your mind to, no matter where you come from. Jamie’s thought-provoking story has further stimulated our desire and ambition to succeed!”

Will Mason, President of CES, said: “Chester Enterprise Society was delighted to welcome Jamie to the RIC. His story is one which students can relate to, and his success is something students can aspire to. We hope that following this event, students will be inspired to pursue their interest in enterprise and entrepreneurship.”