The month of March is Kerry Month of Enterprise, it has been running every year for 9 years and is a great way for businesses around Kerry to showcase what they have to offer and learn about business supports available to help grow their business. Our cluster was involved in some of the events that were happening over the month.
The first event was a Business Breakfast morning hosted by Enterprise Ireland and MTU in the Meadowland Hotel, Tralee with an audience of 30 businesses from Kerry. The CEO of Enterprise Ireland, Leo Clancy spoke, along with Catriona Power from Circular Bioeconomy Cluster South-West. Topics discussed were Enterprise Ireland’s new strategy, how sustainability is a key pillar for good business practices, the importance of clusters in supporting business and what the future looks like enterprises in Kerry and Ireland.
We than had the opportunity to host, along with AgriTech Cluster Ireland, a Cluster Day in Munster Technological University, Kerry Campus. 50 members from both clusters come together for the event and had an opportunity to listen to Bianca Dragomir, CEO of AVAESEN Cleantech Cluster and Advisor to the European Commission on cluster development. After the talk to two cluster went into separate workshops to collaborate and solve industry opportunities. We had an opportunity to share our work in the Kerry’s Eye supplement ‘Enterprise for the Future”.
The next event we had the pleasure to be apart of was the Clár Na Mara- An Ocean of Opportunity which was hosted by Nua na Mara and Hatch. This event highlighted the importance of the Marine sector in Ireland. Cliodhna Ní Ghriofa – Nua na Mara, Niall O’Rahelly – Hatch, Catriona Power – Circular Bioeconomy Cluster South-West and Tim Yeomans – Shannon ABC all spoke about the supports on offer to marine enterprises from their centres, accelerators and clusters to aid the growth of businesses in the sector. To watch the full webinar like click.
The final event of Kerry Month of Enterprise was MTU Enterprise Showcase & Kerry Start-up Challenge. Catriona, from Circular Bioeconomy Cluster South-West and Kieran, from AgriTech Ireland Cluster, were both judging the companies that were participating. It was great to see all the start-ups and hear from the entrepreneurs participating in the New Frontiers Programme. Well done to West of Dingle, Klokbox, Blue Pet Co, Craicter and Grounded Pottery and best of luck for the future.