As I sat in the audience at Somerset House last weekend (#startup2015), listening to three former Apprentices, I reflected on the last series and wondered what I had actually learnt.
First to speak was Melody Hossaini, who managed to overcome the fact that her slides had not been loaded into the presentation, and so had to speak from her notes. Nonetheless she gave a very passionate speech about "believing in yourself". Lesson 1, young people not only have lots of energy, they often have supreme confidence. Nothing seems to faze them, even failure. They just find another way!
Solomon Ahktar was next, having arrived late and in the most ridiculous trousers, which to be fair he did apologise for. All that Solomon had on him was his famous mobile phone, on which he had tapped in a few prompts. He gave a short and meandering speech which was punctuated with humour, pausing to pose for the camera whenever anyone raised their mobile phone. But it was clear that this man is an ideas man and someone who is not afraid to look foolish in communicating his ideas - hence the trousers I suppose. Lesson 2, we should never be afraid to suggest new ideas or ways of doing things. I'm sure most of us realise that for every 10 ideas only one has to count to make a big difference.
Finally, it was the charming Felipe Alviar-Baquero. Now in my mind he was the true winner of the last series. He didn't disappoint either. His advice to the many start-up business entrepreneurs present was delivered in a very calm and collective manner. It was both inspiring and sensible. Lesson 3, the best candidate can often be overlooked but will always continue to shine through.
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