Students and Teachers Gather for Enterprise Awards Day

The 2018 double award winning Presentation Castleisland Complete Camán team with Pat Breen, TD., Minister of State for Trade, Employment, Business, EU Digital Single Market and Data Protection at Croke Park on May Day. Team members from left: Joanna Moynihan, Tara Enright, Katie Cotter, Chantelle Broderick and Fiona Brosnan. Photograph: Sasko Lazarov/Photocalireland

The county final of the Kerry County Council annual Student Enterprise Awards will be held on Friday, March 22nd at the Institute of Technology, Tralee.

Up to 30 mini-companies set up by local second level schools will participate in the competition. The competition promotes the development of innovation, idea development, business structure, sourcing of finance, marketing/sales and the presentation of a formal business plan.

Array of Projects

A wide array of trading projects will be presented hand crafted items, safety devices, jewellery, educational technology and many more.

The students’ progress through the establishment of a mini company which trades over a period of a number of months.

Level of Interest

“I am delighted with the level of interest in the programme this year and look forward to judging day where the projects will be in full display.

Our judges will discuss projects with the students, review their plans and displays,” said programme organiser Margaret Murphy.

Kerry Local Enterprise Office

Tomás Hayes, head of the Kerry Local Enterprise Office reminded us that the office has delivered this programme for seventeen years.

“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 our mentors for their support. Our judges have a difficult task and I don’t envy them,” said Mr. Hayes.

Most Innovative Project

Prizes will be awarded at junior, intermediate and senior level. There will be special awards for best idea and most innovative project.

The winners of the County Student Enterprise Awards will go forward to the national finals to be held in Croke Park on May 3rd 2019.

Further information can be obtained by contacting Margaret Murphy, Kerry County Council at 0669472053 or

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