18 Students Shortlisted for 2010 Young Entrepreneur Awards
Irelandâ¿¿s business stars of the future are gearing up to compete for the title of Young Entrepreneur 2010 following six months of intense preparation. Eighteen enterprising second and third level students have been shortlisted from more than 500 participants, to put their business ideas to the final test at the Awards Ceremony next week.
The 18 finalists represent a broad cross section of business interests from reptile breeding, designer rowing gloves and solar powered bag lights to an electronic medical receipts card, easily detachable horse riding spurs and a dvd study aid for scientific experiments. The candidates range in age from 15 â¿¿ 23, representing secondary schools throughout Kerry and Limerick as well as the Institute of Technology, Tralee and University of Limerick.
â¿¿Over 500 students have completed the Young Entrepreneurs Programme this year and we have been overwhelmed by the quality and creativity of their business ideas,â¿ says Jerry Clifford, Institute of Technology, Tralee. â¿¿The success of the programme is testament to the high level of interaction between students, teachers and entrepreneurs. These students have learned from some of the best in the business and will hopefully go on to consider entrepreneurship as a valuable career choice.â¿
The countryâ¿¿s newest entrepreneurs will be unveiled at an Awards Ceremony in Killarney on 22nd April, following presentation of their business plans to a panel of leading business people including Michael Dawson, CEO of Gift Voucher Shop; Nicola Byrne, MD and founder, 11890; Terry Mc Wade, Deputy CEO Royal College of Surgeons; Eddie Buckley, MD Aspen Connect and Jerry Kennelly, founder and former CEO of Stockbyte.
Marie Lynch, Shannon Development, explains, â¿¿The Young Entrepreneur Programme is designed to equip students with the skills and ambition to create their own opportunities by fostering a spirit of enterprise that will stay with them throughout their working lives. The feedback from the business community is a key park of this process. â¿
The annual Young Entrepreneur Programme is a celebration of Kerryâ¿¿s unique entrepreneurial talent, designed to identify and nurture Irelandâ¿¿s next generation of business leaders. Developed by the Institute of Technology, Tralee, Shannon Development and entrepreneur Jerry Kennelly, the 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.
This year there are three category winners: Second Level, Third Level and Best School. The second level winner will receive a trip of a lifetime to Silicon Valley, California. The third level winner will receive €5,000 seed funding to transform business dreams into reality and the best school will receive the latest IT equipment for the classroom to the value of €5,000. In addition, the shortlisted second level finalists will receive a 2 week apprenticeship with mentor companies.
Young Entrepreneur Programme Finalists
Sckoolswapshop.com (Róisin Finn, Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne) - Website where students can swap or sell their own items to other students within their own school.
Designer Rowing Glove (Katie Pierce Oâ¿¿Shea, Coláiste na Sceilge, Cahersiveen) - A rowing glove which is made especially for the sport of rowing and can be produced in rowing club colours.
Fun on the Farm (Eoin Ó Muircheartaigh, Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne) - Fun on the Farm is a working farm where tourists can visit and take part in eighteen farm activities both indoors and outdoors.
Young FM (Ciarán Williams, Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne) - Young FM is a local community radio station targeting young people from 12-17 years.
Grade Trade (Óisín Oâ¿¿Callaghan, Scoil Phobail Sliabh Luachra, Rathmore) - Grade Trade is a DVD study and revision aid for second level scientific experiments which will provide a step by step, visual instruction manual that will detail how to carry out an experiment.
Solar Powered Bag Light (Shane Buckley, Presentation Milltown) - A rechargeable solar powered bag light which helps locate items in a bag which are usually hard to find in dark or poor lighting conditions.
Tramfiller (Paul Brennan, IT Tralee) - The Tramfiller is a specialised piece of equipment targeted specifically at potato farmers in Ireland the UK.
Rings for Grads (Michael Dillane, CBS, The Green, Tralee) - Rings for Grads offers Leaving Certificate students a wide range of graduation rings in varying prices, quality and styles.
Rulastics (Rosie Ashman, Presentation Listowel) - Rulastics are strong, durable equine over reach boots at an affordable price.
Rotzone (Donnchadh Walsh, IT Tralee) - Rotzone Probiotics specialises in the manufacturing and marketing of organic based active ingredients for root zone mixes for golf courses, horticulture and sand based root zones.
Smart Spurs (Klara Oâ¿¿Sullivan, Presentation Milltown) - Smart Spurs are horse riding spurs with an easy attachable and detachable end, making spur changing quicker and easier.
FlorAqua (Norita Cashman, St. Brigidâ¿¿s Presentation Secondary School, Killarney) - FlorAqua is a watering system for flowerpots, window boxes and hanging baskets which conserves water and eliminates mess.
Easy Receipt (Niamh Joy, Intermediate School Killorglin) - Easy Receipt is a pin protected card with a USB port which will hold medical receipt information.
Tedâ¿¿s Terrarium (Teddy Dalton, Gaelcholaiste Chiarraí, Tralee) - Terrarium is a reptile breeder and wholesaler focusing on boas, pythons and select colubrid species.
ALR (Lisa Oâ¿¿Donoghue, University of Limerick) - ALR is a recycling equipment developer specializing in recycling of LCD displays for European and Worldwide recycling markets.
VigorTech (Gerard Kelly, University of Limerick) - VigorTech is a technology company that specialises in environmentally-friendly energy harvesting techniques for ultra-low-power electronics.
Saol Medical Devices (Barry Oâ¿¿Connell, University of Limerick) - Medical Devices (SMD) are the creators of a catheter that will increase procedural safety during minimally invasive carotid artery stenting for stroke prevention.
CABER Medical (Anthony Callanan, University of Limerick) - CABER Medical is a medical-device company specialising in the research and development of minimally-invasive technology for the medical industry