Farm Ireland

Tuesday 21 November 2017

Fresh thinking for farm sector

Students hone their business talents as agriculture ideas shortlisted at Young Entrepreneur Awards in the Kingdom

Paul McCarthy

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

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