Young Entrepreneur Programme (YEP) 2008/09

YOUNG ENTREPRENEUR BLUE SKY DAY 2008/09 The Young Entrepreneur Programme (YEP) 2008/9 kicks off on 26 September with the Blue Sky Day featuring an impressive list of guest speakers including; Digicel CEO, Denis Oâ¿¿Brien, Oâ¿¿Brienâ¿¿s Sandwich Bars Founder, Brody Sweeney; Managing Director MB Funds, Lehman Brothers, Michael Brewster; teenage millionaires & Auctomatic founders, Patrick and John Collison; Dragonâ¿¿s Den stars and founders of Niall Harbison and Sean Fee.

Now in its second year the Young Entrepreneur Programme, which is the brainchild of entrepreneur and Stockbyte founder Jerry Kennelly, has been developed by Institute of Technology, Tralee (IT, Tralee) and the Kerry Technology Park (KTP).  The programme targets second and third level students and aims to foster and nurture a spirit of enterprise. 

The Blue Sky Day gives participating students the opportunity to gain invaluable insights into the lives of leading entrepreneurs.  The line-up has been tailored towards motivating and energising the student as well as imparting valuable knowledge.

Jerry Kennelly says:  â¿¿The business environment in Ireland is changing rapidly and it is vital that we encourage home-grown industry to ensure future economic growth and competitiveness. In the current uncertain economic climate the YEP is a prime example of Irish education and business taking positive action. We are privileged to have such a high calibre of speakers mentoring the next generation.⿝

To learn more about the Young Entrepreneur Programme, please visit

Speaker  Subject
Neasa Fitzpatrick, Winner Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2008 What youâ¿¿ll get from the Young Entrepreneur Programme
Michael Brewster, Managing Director MB Funds, Lehman Brothers, New York, How I made my Wall Street dream come true
 Brody Sweeney, Founder Oâ¿¿Brienâ¿¿s Sandwich Bars. The secret behind Oâ¿¿Brienâ¿¿s success founders, Niall Harbison and Sean Fee Our passion became our business
Conor Foley, CEO, Worldspreads The downturn? Weâ¿¿re loving it!
Jenni Timony, CEO, Doolittles The ten best kept secrets of starting a business
Denis Oâ¿¿Brien Founder and CEO, Digicel Building a business quickly and seizing the opportunity!
Neil Oâ¿¿Leary, CEO of Ion Equity The art of the deal 
Patrick and John Collison, founders of Auctomatic   The teenage millionaires 
David Walsh and Niall Kelly of Netwatch   How weâ¿¿ve made crime pay 
Jacob Fruitfield Group Chairman, Michael Care Getting sacked made me an Entrepreneur 
Donseed CEO, Vincent Lynch  How Iâ¿¿m saving builders millions 

Young Entrepreneur milestones 2008-2009 Academic year
Blue Sky Day      Friday 26th September, 2008.
Business Boot Camp Day    Friday 30th January, 2009.
Business Plan Workshop    Saturday 28th February, 2009.
Business Plan Submission     Friday 13th March, 2009.
Examination       Monday 23rd March, 2009.
Adjudication and Awards Ceremony   Thursday 30th April, 2009.

For more information:
Brita Lyons, IT, Tralee: Tel: 066 719 1705