Ed Hollands, one of the 2017 Midlands finalists for the Creative and Young categories at the NatWest Great British Entrepreneur Awards, has secured support and funding from Jenny Campbell on the latest episode of Dragons’ Den, which aired last night (February 11th).
The 23 year old owner of DrivenMedia has spent the last two years building his business using the advertising ‘space’ on the sides of trucks and lorries to market products and services.
Today, Ed works with a range of hauliers, advertisers and marketing agencies but felt he needed more help and support to grow his fledgling business.
Following his pitch to the Dragons, Jenny Campbell was inspired by his ambition and drive. She offered an investment of £30,000 for a 20% share in his business – an offer he was happy to accept.
Ed, who lives in Nottingham, said: “The whole experience was overwhelming and challenging. The Dragons leave nothing to chance and will grill you over your business idea, your vision and your financials. I’m so humbled by the fact that Jenny Campbell has seen my potential and I’m looking forward to learning from her.”
Jenny Campbell said: “I am very much looking forward to working with Driven Media and Ed, a young entrepreneur brimming with potential. Mentoring bright individuals at the start of their career is something I have been passionate about for a long time and I’m confident with Ed under my wing, both he and his business will achieve success. I am excited to watch DrivenMedia grow from strength to strength and am delighted to be part of the journey ahead.”
Ed came up with the idea soon after finishing a degree at the University of Derby where he achieved a first-class honours in business studies.
Ed’s idea came to him when he was returning home on foot after dropping his fiancé Tara at work and he noticed numerous lorries and heavy good vehicles stationary in traffic on the A38, a main transport artery road in the Midlands.
He started to research how to market his idea and worked hard for several months to secure a number of haulage companies happy to host advertising for other businesses or campaigns – and customers who saw the value of this type of marketing media. Now he’s working with Jenny’s team to take his business to the next level.