The best and brightest
Kerry County Council presents Student Enterprise Awards
An impressive 32 mini-businesses, set up by 120 second level students from across the county, were showcased at the annual Kerry County Council Student Enterprise Awards in Tralee last Friday.
The competition, run by the council's Local Enterprise Office, teaches students how to set up and run a business - from coming up with an idea right through to getting their products on the market.
The winners in the Senior Category were Philip Byrne, Jamie Hannon and Fionnan Toomey from St Joseph's Secondary School in Ballybbunion, whose company 'Circulation Foot Stool' constructs and sells specially designed foot support stools
The winner of the Intermediate Category was Dylan Mangan from Killorglin Community School whose company 'grandparentsmemories.com' helps families record their grandparents' childhood memories.
Junior level winner was Adele O'Brien from Presentation Secondary School Milltown whose company 'Happy Bags for Life' sells bags of mixed meaningful trinkets in aid charity Pieta House.
Tarbert Comprehensive School 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 will now go forward to represent Kerry at the contest's National Finals to be held in Croke Park on May 3.
"I am pleased to see the level of innovation, resourcefulness, planning and development of all 32 projects in this year's awards," said Kerry LEO head Tomas Hayes.
"This is a real life exercise involving 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," he said.
I must commend the teachers for their efforts and the mentors for their support. The judges had a very difficult task," Mr Hayes added.