Student Enterprise Awards

Young Kerry entrepreneurs excel in Kerry County Council Student Enterprise Awards!

The County Final of the Kerry County Council Annual Student Enterprise Awards was held today Friday, 31st March, 2017 in  the Institute of Technology, Tralee.
Outstanding participation levels saw 32 mini-businesses being set up by over 120 second level students involved in the competition. The competition promotes business idea development, structure, sourcing of finance, marketing/sales and the presentation of a business plan.

The students progressed through the establishment of a mini company which trades over a period of a number of months. An exciting and rewarding programme, students get to experience the realities of entrepreneurship from developing a business idea to producing a product, researching the market, promoting the business, managing the books and generating profits.

Prizes were awarded at Junior, Intermediate and Senior level. The winners of the County Student Enterprise Awards in all categories go forward to the National Finals to be held in Croke Park on 20th April.  The Student Enterprise Awards bring a taste of real life business to the classroom.

Senior Category winners 'Circulation Foot Stool'

The winners of the Senior Category was “Circulation Foot Stool" from from St. Joseph’s Secondary School, Ballybunion. The winning team constructed a circulation foot stool support. Students include Philipo Byrne, Jamie Hannon and Fionnan Toomey. 

Tomás Hayes, Head of Local Enterprise stated that “the judges were highly impressed by the high standard of product, the level of innovation and the confidence of the students in presenting their proposal.”

Intermediate Category winners 'Grandparents'

The winner of the Intermediate Category was the from Killorglin Community College. This business supports the gathering of grandparents memories using video technology and presents interviewers with a set of leading questions. Dylan Mangan did an excellent job and won a special merit award at the national finals.

The Junior level winner was a dynamic young woman Adele O' Brien from Presentation Secondary School with a selection bag of goodies. 
Other prizes were awarded for Best Stand, Most Innovative Product, Most Enterprising Project and Best Business Plan.
The Comprehensive School, Tarbert won the "Most Enterprising School" and was presented with the Cantillon Perpetual Cup.
Mayor of Kerry, Michael O' Shea stated “I am pleased to see the level of innovation, resourcefulness, planning and development of all 60 projects in this year’s awards. This is a real life exercise. It involves idea generation and actual trading. Profits are generated and finance is secured. It is a taste of business and all the issues involved from finding the right idea, funding the business, collecting the money and building the team. I must commend the teachers for their efforts and the mentors  for their support. The judges had a very difficult task!” 
Moira Murrell, Chief Executive of Kerry County Council added “Kerry County Council is core to enterprise development in County Kerry and the Kerry Local Enterprise Office is now firmly embedded. I was delighted to be a part of the event today and it gives me great enthusiasm for the future of entrepreneurial development in County Kerry."
Margaret Murphy, Kerry Programme Coordinator emphasised “This was a very strong programme in 2016 requiring extensive work by teachers, mentors and staff. The results are evident with three category winners going to the national final. We hope that we can win another award for Kerry.”
Further information can be obtained by contacting Margaret Murphy, Kerry Local Enterprise Office
at (066) 9472053