Young Entrepreneur Programme Blue Sky Day 2010 in Kerry
'an oasis of happiness and optimism'
Digicel CEO Denis Oâ¿¿Brien told an audience of young entrepreneurs in Kerry today that Ireland was in â¿¿a very positive placeâ¿¿. He described the banking crisis as â¿¿a blipâ¿¿ adding that it was only a â¿¿minor setbackâ¿¿, which would be overcome. Following a difficult week for the Irish economy it was inspiring to be in Kerry at an event which â¿¿an oasis of happiness and optimismâ¿¿.
Mr. Oâ¿¿Brien addressed more than 800 promising young entrepreneurs at the Young Entrepreneur Programme Blue Sky Day. He told the students that both the missionaries and Irelandâ¿¿s NGOs, such as Concern, had given Ireland an excellent reputation in emerging markets which would pave the way for Irelandâ¿¿s entrepreneurs.
He urged students to consider a life of entrepreneurship â¿¿ as a social entrepreneur or for profit based motives. Mr. Oâ¿¿Brien urged students to keep their word and to run legitimate businesses, which paid their taxes. He told students they should get involved in community organizations like the GAA which would, he told them â¿¿keep your senses aliveâ¿¿. He recommended that students should travel to give themselves a better view of the world.
Second level students from across Kerry, Limerick and Cork along with third level students from the Institute of Technology, Tralee are participating in the Young Entrepreneur Programme.
Sarah Newman of Dragonâ¿¿s Den, Kate Ryan of Fitsquad, Kate Carmody of Beale Organic Cheese and former Broadcaster Mark Little were among the speakers who shared their insights to entrepreneurship and provided young people with much food for thought on how they can help create the country's future economy.
About the Young Entrepreneur Programme
The Young Entrepreneur Programme is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to illustrating the validity of entrepreneurship as a career choice. It is our mission to help identify, inform, recognise and celebrate Kerryâ¿¿s next generation of business leaders - and their educators. The programme is an initiative of Jerry Kennelly, the Institute of Technology, Tralee and Shannon Development.
Now in itâ¿¿s fourth year, 22 secondary schools along with third level students from the Institute of Technology, Tralee are participating in The Young Entrepreneur Programme.
The programme structure includes timetabled classroom learning, local business mentors linked to schools/Institute along with various events throughout the year where students have the opportunity to learn from business leaders.