TRALEE'S Social Gamers, the winners of last year's Young Entrepreneur Programme, have scored their second major business award in less than a year with the trio winning top prize at the county final of the Kerry County Enterprise Board Student Enterprise Awards on Thursday.
The event took place at the IT Tralee North Campus with 45 mini-businesses that were set up by over 150 Second level schools taking part in the competition.
Students involved in the programme had to set up a mini company which would trade over a period of a number of months letting them experience the realities of entrepreneurship from developing a business idea to producing a product, researching the market, promoting the business and managing the books.
At last week's final prizes were awarded at Junior, Intermediate and Senior level.
The winners of the Senior Category was Social Gamers from the CBS, The Green in Tralee a business which involves the development of competitive multimedia gaming events. The business, which won the YEP award in 2012 has already generated incomes of over €25,000 in the past year.
Winners of the Intermediate Category were Leith Triúigh Tales, Castlegregory who developed a children's storybook of local tales.
The Junior level winners were St Joseph's Secondary School in Ballybunion, the team developed a Rack and Boot Jack, a racking system for holding Wellington boots and a jack for removing boots.
The Intermediate School Killorglin won the most Enterprising School Award for it's work in fostering entrepreneurship within the school and was presented with the Cantillon Perpetual Cup.
The winners of the County Student Enterprise Awards in all categories go forward to the National Finals to be held in Croke Park on April 17.
Tomás Hayes, CEO of Kerry County Enterprise Board, said he was amazed at the level of innovation, resourcefulness, planning and development of all 45 projects in this year's awards.
"Kerry County Enterprise Board has delivered this programme for nine 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 had a very difficult task picking the winners this year," he said.