He may only be 23 years old, but Jamal Edwards has already launched his own business, become a self-made multi-millionaire and caught the eye of politicians, business leaders and even royalty.
The boy from a west London council estate, who once worked as a store assistant at Topman, has seen his youth broadcasting channel SB.TV amass millions of views on YouTube, catapulting him on to the Sunday Times young power and rich lists.
Jamal will taking time out of his hectic schedule to tell young entrepreneurs at MADE, The Entrepreneur Festival how he did it – and how they can turn their big ideas into big successes too.
Jamal insists that becoming a successful entrepreneur is not simply about having a good idea.
He said: “I’ve met many great minds over the last few years and I have realised the world is full of incredible ideas.
“However, people often have great ideas but rarely think about how they are going to get them to the market from a practical point of view. They may know the demographic of who they want to connect to but people rarely think of the ‘how’ – and this is the failure of tons of start-ups.
“I would say, give that as much thought as the actual business idea – each is as important as the other.”
Jamal was just a teenager when he began filming his friends rapping and singing with a cheap video camera and uploading the results to YouTube. From there he started to film up-and-coming and more established rappers and singers and soon realised the commercial potential of what had started as little more than a hobby.