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My Story

By Jordan Daykin

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My Story

By Jordan Daykin

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Jordan Daykin hit the headlines at the age of 18 when he became the youngest ever person to win investment in the Dragons’ Den for his invention GripIt, a building product he created with his grandad in the garden shed.

GripIt was an instant success, attracting interest from DIY and building supply stores across the country within days of being launched. Today, GripIt Fixings is a global enterprise, with his products stocked in stores around the world. And Jordan is a popular motivational speaker.

But beyond the glamour of the television studios and business success, there is a very different story to tell, as Jordan battled to overcome the legacy of a difficult childhood affected by dropping out of school at a young age, family feuds and periods of loneliness.

This is Jordan’s unflinching, heart-warming and ultimately uplifting story of how he overcame immense obstacles to achieve outstanding success as an entrepreneur. He reveals how he came up with ideas for his first businesses, describes how a business is built up from scratch, and shows how his tremendous work ethic and passion for business is at the heart of his success.

Jordan Daykin’s story will grip and inspire entrepreneurs of all ages.

About the author

Jordan Daykin dropped out of school at the age of 12, but has gone on to become a highly successful entrepreneur, creating the building products business GripIt from scratch after he and his grandfather came up with a revolutionary way of hanging heavy loads from plasterboard walls. At the age of 18 he became the youngest person to ever get investment on the television show Dragons' Den, after securing funding from Deborah Meaden. His business GripIt is now worth more than £20 million, employs 45 people and sells its products around the world.

Still only 22, Jordan is passionate about encouraging other young entrepreneurs to create amazing businesses and actively supports them by speaking in schools, mentoring and investing. You can follow his progress and read his blog at

Media coverage

From Elite Business Magazine:

“The belief that academic performance is the only route to professional success is misguided,” Jordan Daykin, founder of Gripit Fixings, the plasterboard fixings business, said. “88% of my employees never attended university, nor did I, yet together we’ve built a global £20m business and we’re not an anomaly.” The youngest applicant to get investment on… Read more »

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From Business Leader:

Serial entrepreneur, Jordan Daykin, aged 23-years-old, has had an incredible rise in business over the past few years. At just 18, Daykin, appeared on the BBC TV show Dragons’ Den with Gripit Fixings, securing an investment from Deborah Meaden of £80,000 in return for a 25% stake. BLM caught up with Daykin to talk Dragons’… Read more »

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Chapter 1. Childhood
Chapter 2. My First Businesses
Chapter 3. The Birth Of Gripit
Chapter 4. Sierra Leone
Chapter 5. Entering the Dragons' Den
Chapter 6. After Dragons' Den
Chapter 7. Betrayal and Arrest
Chapter 8. Growing the Business
Chapter 9. Giving Back
Chapter 10. Amelie
Chapter 11. What Next

About Jordan Daykin

Published: 25/06/2018
Formats: paperback - ISBN 9780857197153
ebook - ISBN 9780857197160
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