Dragons’ Den entrepreneur to speak at What's the Big Idea? launch

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A Scottish businessman who braved BBC’s Dragons’ Den is encouraging New College Lanarkshire students to develop their entrepreneurial skills.

David Kellock, co-creator of the revolutionary Trtl travel pillow, is speaking at the launch of an enterprise programme at our Coatbridge Campus on Thursday.

The programme, entitled What’s The Big Idea?, aims to encourage students to think about a business idea and also demonstrates the help that is available to get an idea up and running.

It is a partnership between New College Lanarkshire, Bridge 2 Business, Business Gateway and The Prince’s Trust.

David said he got involved with the programme as it encouraged young people to work towards achieving a goal that they are passionate about.

He and business partner Michael Corrigan took their compact neck support pillow on to BBC2 series Dragons’ Den last year, although their offer of £65,000 from clothing tycoon Touker Suleyman fell through due to a technicality.

The University of Strathclyde graduate said: “It’s vitally important for the current generation of entrepreneurs to support the future of the world – that is, our young people.

“It's statistically proven that it doesn't matter where you come from in life, the key thing is a lifetime of constant improvement and learning.

“If I can ignite one spark in just one young person in any talk I do, then I'm happy.

“If I can ignite more sparks or even fan a few flames, then I'm even happier.”

The launch is being held at the 101 Park Street conference venue in Coatbridge on Thursday, November 3, from noon until 3pm.

It will feature presentations from industry experts from Bridge 2 Business, Business Gateway, The Prince’s Trust and the Scottish Institute for Enterprise.

All students who submit a short business proposal following the launch will be entered into a prize draw to win a Fitbit.

Transport is being provided for students attending Motherwell and Cumbernauld campuses.

The competition, which is open to all current students, closes on Friday, December 9, with winners being announced in early-2017.

David added: “I would encourage anyone to keep an open mind in life.

“Starting your own business may well be the best decision for you, or maybe it's not for you.

“The best thing to do is to find out as soon as you can what you are truly passionate about, and make that happen for yourself and for others.

“Making your dream happen could be doing everything you can to get hired at the place you want to work, or doing everything you can to start your own business and then grow that into a culture of excellence and a place where people really love to be.

“Whatever your dream is, the path to get there has very similar principles to starting and growing a business, so I'd advise students to come along and ask me questions, and to see another point of view.”

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