Leading Business Figures Give Young Entrepreneurs Grilling at Business Boot Camp

Business Boot Camp The one day event, which is part of the Young Entrepreneur Programme (YEP) www.youngentrepreneur.ie and was developed by Institute of Technology, Tralee and the Kerry Technology Park, brings together an eclectic mix of business knowledge to investigate where business opportunities exist, how to win at business and what makes a good business plan.   A selection of Kerry second and third level students will also receive a grilling when they present their business ideas to mentors Aidan Heavey, Alan Scroope and Joe Gantly.

Key lessons learned from the experience of growing some of Ireland â¿¿s most dynamic businesses will be shared by speakers, including:

  • Oliver Tattan, 2007 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year 
  • Aidan Heavey, Founder & CEO of Tullow Oil
  • Joe Gantly, Former Managing Director ( Europe ), Apple Operations and Sales
  • Brian Oâ¿¿Kane â¿¿ co-author, Starting a Business in Ireland
  • Jim Breen, founder of PulseLearning
  • Alan Scroope, CEO, Freeflow
  • Jenny Timoney, CEO, Doolittles
  • Vincent Lynch, CEO, Donseed
  • Monique Meche, Senior Director, Cisco Systems, Europe

For many students the highlight will be when Kerry GAA star, Paul Galvin, reveals his secrets on the joys of success in his talk titled: â¿¿The taking part is grand â¿¿ but the winning is sweetâ¿¿.

Businessman Jerry Kennelly, who is spearheading the YEP says:   â¿¿There is no question that innovation is at the heart of economic progress â¿¿ it is the very bones and sinew of our economy and society.   We recognise the importance of fostering business enterprise by connecting students with the business community. Business Boot Camp will give students the invaluable opportunity to learn and be challenged by mentors.⿝


Notes to the editor

The "Young Entrepreneur Programme and Awards" is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to illustrating the validity of entrepreneurship as a natural career choice. It is our stated mission to help identify, inform, recognise and celebrate Kerry's next generation of business leaders by fostering student entrepreneurship through a comprehensive training course, interaction with entrepreneurs, mentoring and a business plan competition. The Institute of Technology Tralee (ITT), Kerry Technology Park, Jerry Kennelly (winner Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year, and former CEO of Stockbyte) and the Tom Crean Centre have pooled their expertise and resources to develop the Entrepreneur Programme aimed at 15 â¿¿ 23 year olds in Kerryâ¿¿s 2nd and 3rd level institutions.

A detailed event programme is available on request. 

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Brita Lyons, IT, Tralee: PH: 066 719 1705/087 2998616

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