Young Entrepreneurs Give Recession the Boot

YEP Buisness Boot Camp Leading Business Figures Prepare to Put Students to the Test

Satellite navigation hiking boots, a medical receipts card which eliminates paper receipts and a milk carton crusher for waste disposal are among the emerging business ideas that students will be pitching at this yearâ¿¿s Business Boot Camp event, which takes place on Friday 29th January at the Brandon Conference Centre in Tralee.

Business Boot Camp will see some 600 students from Kerry and Limerick put their business ideas to the test in front of a panel of leading Irish entrepreneurs and business people, as part of the annual Young Entrepreneur Programme and Awards . The one day event gives students an invaluable opportunity to learn from and be challenged by business mentors who will advise on where business opportunities exist, how to win in business and what makes a good business plan.

The students will hear from a host of well known speakers including Kerry football manager Jack Oâ¿¿Connor, chief executive of Jacob Fruitfield Food Group Michael Carey, co-founder of Cully & Sully, Colum Oâ¿¿Sullivan and owner of Snap Printing Colin Teahon.

Developed by the Institute of Technology, Tralee, Shannon Development and entrepreneur Jerry Kennelly, the Young Entrepreneur Programme is now in its third year and has become a standard on the curriculum of secondary schools and for third level students in the region. For the first time this year, the Programme has expanded to take in Limerick secondary schools and the University of Limerick.

Michael Carmody, President of the Institute of Technology, Tralee, explains, ⿿ The Young Entrepreneur Programme is designed to introduce students to the world of entrepreneurship, empowering them to create their own opportunities and fostering a spirit of enterprise that will stay with them throughout their working lives.⿝

Shannon Developmentâ¿¿s Chief Executive, Vincent Cunnane,   says â¿¿Business Boot Camp is an ideal platform for the students to receive feedback from leading business people, giving their business ideas a critical reality check. Innovation is at the heart of economic recovery and we recognise the importance of connecting students with the business community.⿝

Following Business Boot Camp, the students will go on to fine tune their business plans under the guidance of dedicated business mentors for the duration of the Programme. Following submission of final business plans and an examination in March, the Programme culminates in an awards ceremony in April.

This year there are three category winners: Second Level, Third Level and Best School. The second level winner will receive a trip to Silicon Valley, California. The third level winner will receive €5,000 seed capital and the best school will receive an IT package to the value of €5,000.  In addition, the shortlisted finalists will receive a 2 week apprenticeship with mentor companies.

YEP Boot Camp Information Sheet