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Kerry named European Entrepreneurial Region (EER)

We are proud to note that Kerry has been awarded the prestigious title of European Entrepreneurial Region of the Year 2011 at a ceremony hosted by the EU Committee of the Regions (CoR) in Brussels in early February.

The European Entrepreneurial Region (EER) award is designed to identify and reward EU regions with outstanding entrepreneurial vision and to encourage local and regional authorities to do more to promote small business across Europe. Kerry was one of just three regions in all 27 EU states to receive the accolade, along with Brandenburg, Germany and Murcia in Spain.

Kerry was selected based on the quality, efficacy and long-term success of its entrepreneurial vision.

Driven by Shannon Development’s Kerry Technology Park, Institute of Technology, Tralee and entrepreneur Jerry Kennelly, a number of groundbreaking initiatives have been developed in recent years to grow Kerry’s position as a central hub of enterprise education and business development.

For example, the Endeavour Programme, which launched in 2009 with the aim of fast-tracking Ireland’s next generation of entrepreneurs. 15 successful business start-ups are currently embarking on the programme at Kerry Technology Park with access to top quality facilities and individual business mentoring.

This recognition of Kerry’s ability to transform ideas into real commercial opportunities is a testament to the strong spirit of innovation across the region, and reflects its position as a home to  several world class technology companies.

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