OVER 600 students from across Kerry visited Tralee on Friday to take part in the Young Entrepreneur Programme Blue Sky Day at the Brandon Conference Centre.
Friday's event, the first major showpiece of this year's Young Entrepreneur Programme, was hosted by TV3's Colette Fitzpatrick, and included talks from some of Ireland's leading entrepreneurs and celebrity business people.
Among those passing on their advice to the assembled students were Chef Rachel Allen,and the CEO of Netwatch, Castleisland native David Walsh.
Last year's winners CBS The Green Tralee students Marsell Fasilov, Davin Barrett and Imed Abnoun will also tell the audience how life's been since they were crowned in May thanks to their company Social Gamers, which runs video games tournaments.
Students also heard from the world's youngest app developer 13 year old Harry Moran from Cork, one of the stars of Friday's event. Harry told the assembled students of how, when he was aged only 12, he developed the app Pizzabot which became the best selling game on the Apple App store last year.
The 600 guests also contributed to building an app to help them manage their time better. During the course of the morning Brian Douglas from Coding Fury Ltd took feedback from the students and designed the app on stage revealing the results of his and the student's work before the event finished at lunchtime.
Rachel Allen, the head of a successful cookery business and author of nine cookbooks, revealed to the assembled students that she was actually thrown out of her home economics class in school and said that students shouldn't bee too concerned if they haven't yet decided what career they'd like to pursue.
The Young Entrepreneur Programme, now in its sixth year, is collaboration between the Institute of Technology Tralee, Shannon Development and Jerry Kennelly of Tweak.com.