Student Enterprise Awards

Kerry County Council Student Enterprise Awards 2019

“Innovation and Inspiration as 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, 22nd March 2019 in the Institute of Technology, Tralee.

Outstanding participation levels saw 24 mini-businesses being set up by over 120 second level school students involved in the competition. The competition promotes business idea development, structure, sourcing of finance, marketing/sales and the presentation of a formal business plan.

The students progressed through the establishment of a mini company which trades over a period 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 3rd May 2019. The Student Enterprise Awards bring a taste of real life business to the classroom.

The winner of the Senior Category was “ Lumpfish” – a recycling business producing high value lamps and other domestic furniture set up by Tadhg O’Connor from Mean Scoil Nua an Leith Thruigh, Castlegregory.

The winners of the Intermediate Category was “Crois Mhadra”, a car safety harness for pets developed by Kelly Ann Nix and Katelyn Curtin from Presentation Secondary School, Castleisland.

The Junior level winner was “Eary Fix” – a custom made earpiece for tradespeople developed by Ciara Cahill, Katie Walsh and Emma Keane from Presentation Secondary School, Castleisland. 

Other prizes were awarded for Best Stand, Most Innovative Product, Most Enterprising Project, Best Business Plan, Environmental Awareness and Duaiseanna  Gaeilge.

Pearse Dorgan of Presentation Secondary School, Castleisland won the coveted award for Entrepreneurial Educator of the Year.

Presentation Secondary School, Tralee won the most Enterprising School Award for it’s work in fostering entrepreneurship within the school and was presented with the Cantillon Perpetual Cup.

Tomás Hayes, Head of Local Enterprise Office said “I am pleased to see the level of innovation, resourcefulness, planning and development of all 24 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!”

Bridget Fitzgerald, Economic Development Officer with Kerry County Council added “Kerry County Council is core to enterprise development in the County and this competition emphasises this role. I am enthused to see the future of entrepreneurial development in County Kerry. Long may it last!”.

Margaret Murphy, Kerry Programme Coordinator emphasised “This was a very strong programme in 2019 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 following our great success in 2018.”

Photographs from the awards are available to view on our Facebook page @KerrySEA

 Further information can be obtained by contacting Margaret Murphy, Kerry Local Enterprise Office at (066) 9472053 or