Minister of Education & Science, Batt O'Keeffe, TD Applauds `job creators of the future' at Young Entrepreneur Programme Business Boot Camp
Today over 500 young entrepreneurs gathered at the Brandon Hotel, Tralee for the Young Entrepreneur Programme Business Boot Camp - and provided hope for the future of Ireland Inc.
Minister for Education Bat Oâ¿¿Keeffe described the drivers of the programme â¿¿ the Institute of Technology, Tralee and Shannon Development - as â¿¿a national role model of joined up thinking between education and enterprise.â¿
â¿¿â¿Entrepreneurship forms a central focus of the campus and the Young Entrepreneurs Programme is unique in this country in forging the entrepreneurs of the future through its exciting curriculum,â¿ the Minister added.
Michael Carmody, President of IT, Tralee said: â¿¿These students are the job creators of the future. If only five per cent of the people in this room today build successful businesses youâ¿¿re looking at up to 500 new jobs. Thatâ¿¿s why programmes such as these are the real drivers of economic recovery.â¿
Marie Lynch of Shannon Development said: â¿¿Kerry Technology Park has companies expanding at the moment moving out of our incubation centres and into larger premises on campus and many are recruiting and bucking the economic trend. It shows a focus on entrepreneurship and innovation can bring results even in tough times .â¿
Leading Irish entrepreneurs and business people gave expert advice to students during the one-day Business Boot Camp. Among the speakers were; founder Director of the Communications Clinic Terry Prone, Irish Times Managing Director Maeve Oâ¿¿Donovan and Cully & Sully founder Colum Oâ¿¿Sullivan.
Other speakers of note included: