Fresh thinking for farm sector
Students hone their business talents as agriculture ideas shortlisted at Young Entrepreneur Awards in the Kingdom
TWO AGRICULTURE-related projects really caught my eye at the recent 2010 Young Entrepreneur Awards in Killarney, Co Kerry.
This event was the culmination of the six-month Young Entrepreneur Programme. Now in its third year, the programme is on the secondary school curriculum in Kerry and Limerick and is also open to third-level students in those counties.
It includes a comprehensive training course on entrepreneurship, interaction with entrepreneurs, mentoring and a business plan competition.
Developed by Tralee IT, Shannon Development and entrepreneur Jerry Kennelly, the programme aims to identify and nurture Ireland's next generation of business leaders. The programme would have a very positive impact on the farming sector if it was broadened to include our agricultural training institutions.
Eighteen finalists were chosen from 500 entrants and the shortlisted ideas included a conservation-based watering system for window boxes and hanging baskets, easily detachable horse riding spurs, a probiotic fertiliser for golf courses and a new LCD recycling device.
The agriculture ideas that piqued my interest were submitted by a Mayo man studying in Tralee IT and a student from Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne
For more information on the programme visit www.youngentrepreneur.ie.