An answer to potato growers' prayers
Paul Brennan, Manulla, Co Mayo
Stage: Prototype development
College: Tralee I.T.
The tramfiller is a specialised piece of equipment for potato growers to help them overcome some of the problems and crop losses associated with harvesting. In principle, the tramfiller works by filling in the tramlines that can form into major ruts while cultivating the crop. The product has market potential in both Ireland and the UK.
Paul has just completed his final year of Agricultural Engineering in Tralee. He said that without the Young Entrepreneur programme his idea may never have seen the light of day. As part of the programme he attended lectures once a week which covered areas on how to bring an idea to market.
He met mentors from successful businesses who made him aware of the various pitfalls and also helped Paul identify ways he could commercialise his idea. He learned practical business presentation and networking skills.