“Pitching to Peter Jones in person was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and it was amazing to be chosen as the National Entrepreneur of the Year 2015."
Kamal Hyman is the founder of Aim a Little Higher, a motivational speaking business that works to raise the aspirations of young people. He travels to schools and colleges all over the UK and delivers dynamic, interactive talks that inspire his audiences to work hard and fulfil their potential. One of the UK’s youngest professional speakers, he has so far addressed more than 25,000 people.
Before setting up his business, Kamal was elected as Youth MP for Peterborough and was later chosen to be an Olympic Torchbearer. In 2015, he graduated from the Peter Jones Enterprise Academy with the National Entrepreneur of the Year honour to his name, for which he received £5,000 investment.
Kamal says: “I was a coasting student prior to my GCSEs, but a shift in mentality, inspired by a challenging conversation with my parents, helped me turn things around and achieve straight As. Since then I’ve been committed to helping others do the same.
“I have a passion for changing lives and I believe that my business helps to solve problems such as lack of self-belief and confidence in today’s youth. I understand their issues and can help boost their employability. I recognise that not all young people have the same drive coming from their parents that I had, so I thought, ‘what if I can be that voice for those young people?’ At my talks, audiences can expect to laugh but also to walk away with a serious message.
“Pitching to Peter Jones in person was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and it was amazing to be chosen as the National Entrepreneur of the Year 2015. It was a goal of mine from the very beginning – when I signed up to the course I set the award as my main objective and I’m delighted to have won it. The £5,000 will help me take my company to the next level, which means having an impact on more lives, working with more organisations and making a difference on a larger scale.
“I’m a strong believer in learning by doing and the PJEA course allowed me to do just that. It allowed me to continue to run my business whilst teaching me how to improve certain aspects of it, and I saw a clear increase in the amount of business I conducted. I also got a lot of value from the unique opportunities like the CIPS Challenge, pitching ideas to Canon and Jessops and of course presenting my business to Peter Jones and his team. This course really stands out and I had a fantastic time.”