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Innocent's Dan Germain shared a stage with Rob Law & other inspirational young entrepreneurial speakers

11th March 2010

800 young people in the North East between the ages of 13 and 19 were inspired by some brilliant speakers yesterday.  Dan Germain, Innocent's creative director, delivered the opening keynote speech and a lively and energetic Q&A followed.  He was mobbed afterwards by dozens of youngsters keen for tips by such an entrepreneurial icon.

Rob Law's story of the success of Trunki after being turned down by the Dragons was of huge interest.  And the recurring message was to have a go and embrace failure and learn from it.

There were also a number of truly inspirational youngsters who took to the stage including Edinburgh's Fraser Doherty (Super Jam), the winner of the Technology Woman of the Future award Emily Cummins, John Collingwood (Want to Impress), Steven Smith (GSS, Julian Leighton (Orange Bus), Darren Williams (Hair X-Tensions), Jonathan Grubin (Live Newcastle & MiniG Media) and Matthew Scott (MES Footwork).

Paul Campbell, who hosted the day, presented 2 live bands which created a great buzz during the lunch break.  The Sunderland Dance Community Interest Company performed at the start of the day.

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