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Today sees the launch of Kerry Enterprise Month by Kerry Local Enterprise Office.

Kerry County Council Local Enterprise Office launched a competition to find KerryÕs Best Young Entrepreneur, with a total fund of Û50,000 available to invest in winning businesses . The launch took place at the Kerry County Council Chambers and pictured were Victor Sheahan, Senior Enterprise Development Officer, Local Enterprise OfficeNiall Harty, Enterprise Executive, Local Enterprise OfficeTom‡s Hayes, Head of Local Enterprise OfficeJohn Brassil, Mayor of KerryMoira Murrell, Chief Executive, Kerry County Council Photo By : Domnick Walsh / Eye Focus LTD ©  Tralee Co Kerry Ireland  Phone  Mobile 087 / 2672033 L/Line 066 71 22 981  E/mail - info@dwalshphoto.ie        www.dwalshphoto.com PRESS INFO -- Are you KerryÕs Best Young Entrepreneur? Ð Great Businesses Needed!The Kerry County Council Local Enterprise Office today launched a competition to find KerryÕs Best Young Entrepreneur, with a total fund of Û50,000 available to invest in winning businesses and entrepreneurs in Kerry. It is part of a Û2 million National Competition to find IrelandÕs Best Young Entrepreneur, where national winners are eligible for further investment of up to Û50,000. The competition is open to individuals aged 18-30 and will be judged under three distinct categories:á         Best new idea Ð Not yet established (Û10,000)á         Best start-up business Ð Less than 24 months (Û20,000)á         Best established businessÐ greater than 24 months (Û20,000)How do you become KerryÕs Best Young Entrepreneur? The first stage will be a county-based competition where up to 15 finalists will be selected, leading to the naming of KerryÕs Best Young Entrepreneur. This stage will include an intensive business boot camp with combined mentoring from experienced business owners. This will be followed by regional finals and ultimately national finals with one business-person being crowned IrelandÕs Best Young Entrepreneur before the end of 2015.The aim of the initiative is to encourage and support a culture

Now in its third year Enterprise Month shines a spotlight on just some of the enterprise activities on offer all year round across the county.

The month gives established businesses and budding entrepreneurs an opportunity to network and discover the assistance available to them in growing and sustaining a business in Kerry.

The calendar of events for 2016 which can be viewed at http://www.ceed.ie/ includes over 30 events across 15 days.

The 2016 County Enterprise Award Winners will also be announced today.

Small businesses and start-ups in Kerry have been encouraged to enter this year’s National Enterprise Awards, for a chance to represent the county and share a €20,000 national prize fund.

Over the past number of weeks, over 16 entries for the awards have been shortlisted to 4 finalists.