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Dragon's Den young entrepreneur inspires St Edward's Prep boys

Brilliant young entrepreneur and Dragons’ Den success story Jordan Daykin visited St Edward’s Prep in Reading on Friday to talk to the boys about entrepreneurship. Jordan, who is only 20, became the youngest entrepreneur to secure funding from the popular TV programme when Dragon Deborah Meaden invested £80,000 in his revolutionary plasterboard fixing.

In his talk to the boys, Jordan explained how his entrepreneurial career started at just 12 years old, when he developed a website selling virtual gold used in online gaming. He was only 13 when he and his grandfather invented the fixing, a product that is now sold throughout the UK and around the world. He talked through his 10-point plan for success, which the boys clearly found inspiring.

Jordan’s visit to St Edward’s is part of the school’s brand new STEAMED initiative, which demonstrates how Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Maths, Entrepreneurship and Design combine in real-world situations. Mr Morgan-Nash knows Jordan from way back, having taught him in Years 5 and 6, and continued tutoring him in Maths up until to GCSE level.

As Mr Morgan-Nash says, it’s not enough these days to teach subjects in isolation. We want our boys to understand that in the real world all the different strands – science, technology, maths, art – are interwoven in every industry. Jordan is a remarkable young man, who was the same age as some of our boys are now when he began his business career. Plenty of them will be going home full of ideas about how they might follow in his footsteps.

Jordan agreed. He said, 'The boys were so enthusiastic, their questions were really interesting. Many will clearly be entrepreneurs of the future!'