Ryan Murphy, a Pupil at Carracastle National School pictured with 'Carracastle - The board game' designed around their village - the result of a project undertaken by his class in the Junior Entrepreneur Programme, supported by their teacher Michael Bracken. The Carracastle board games sells for €10 and is expected to return a healthy profit for the investment that each pupil is making. Pupils in the class undertook every part of the project from market research to finance, production, design and sales. The Carracastle pupils are among 10,000 around Ireland currently participating in JEP, a not for profit initiative led by Entrepreneur Jerry Kennelly. The programme is supported in Mayo by CMS Peripherals and its founder Frank Salmon.
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JEP, County Kerry – Jerry Kennelly, Tweak.com

Jerry is CEO of Tweak.com, a self service solution which allows SMEs to create and design marketing materials independently. He is also founder of Stockbyte and Stockdisc, companies that captured 10% of the global royalty-free stock photography market before being sold to Getty Images. He has been honoured by the Deloitte Fast 50 Awards and was selected as the Ernst & Young Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year in 2005. He is co-founder of the Young & Junior Entrepreneur Programmes and Endeavour. He has also received an honorary doctorate from the University of Limerick.

 JEP, South Dublin – Niall Norton, Openet

Niall Norton joined Openet in March 2004. Mr. Norton has served as our Chief Executive Officer since September 2006 and has served on our Board since August 2006. Between 2004 and 2006, Mr. Norton served as our Chief Financial Officer. Prior to joining us, he served as Chief Financial Officer and Corporate Secretary of O2 Ireland, the Irish operations of O2 Group Telecommunications PLC, from 2001 to 2004. Mr. Norton holds a degree in Commerce from University College Dublin and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland.

JEP, County Cavan – Peter Cosgrove, ATA Group

Peter is CEO of the ATA Group headquartered in Cavan.  ATA is the world’s largest producer of tungsten carbide burs with offices in US, UK and Ireland and exports to 67 countries.  The company has market leading positions in the US, Europe, Japan and Singapore with a growing presence in South America and China.  210 people are employed worldwide with in excess of 100 employed in Ireland. Peter’s background includes sixteen years at Jefferson Smurfit Group.  Peter was Division Managing Director of De La Rue Security Products from 2002 through 2005 based in Basingstoke Hampshire. 

JEP, County Carlow – David Walsh, Netwatch

David is the Group CEO and Co-Founder of Netwatch, Europe’s largest visual monitoring company with operations across 4 continents. David is involved in numerous charitable and entrepreneurial organisations including The Soul of Haiti Foundation and The FUSE initiative as well as acting as a mentor to various start-up companies across the country and internationally. Netwatch has received several prestigious accolades for its achievements; including The Business and Finance Enterprise of the Year Award, Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Finalists and the Deloitte and Touché Technology Fast 50. Internationally, Netwatch has been recognised with awards such as the Boston Business Journal Innovation Award and Ruban d’Honneur in The European Business Awards for Customer Focus. 

JEP, County Mayo – Frank Salmon, CMS Distribution

Frank is the Founder and Group Managing Director of CMS Distribution. The award winning ICT Company that has grown to be the largest independent distributor of Data Storage products in the UK and Ireland. CMS is head-quartered in Kiltimagh, and has offices in London & Harrogate in the UK, and employs 200 people. Frank is a former Ernst & Young ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’ finalist, in 2000 & 2002. Earlier this year he was awarded the ICT Industry Person of the Year 2013 at the ICT Excellence Awards, for his contribution to Industry.


JEP, County Limerick – Diarmuid Geary.

Diarmuid Geary is an investor and former Director and founding family member of Pallas Foods. Pallas Foods was established in 1985 by the Geary family in Newcastle West and went on to become Irelands largest foodservice supplier with 7,000 customers and 8,500 products supplying Hotels, Restaurants, Deli’s and Café’s.  Pallas Foods was acquired by US based Sysco Corporation in March 2009.  Diarmuid is now an active investor in a broad range of global businesses.  He is a graduate  of University of Limerick with a degree in Business and Japanese and a chartered accountant.

 JEP, County Meath – John Purdy, Ergo Group

Having co-founded the company 20 years ago, John Purdy has made Ergo one of Ireland’s most successful IT companies, transitioning the firm from focusing on the sale of IT commodities to providing software solutions and IT infrastructure services to multinational customers. John has an entrepreneurial and innovative spirit that is infused in Ergo’s daily operations, creating an environment dedicated to forming lasting relationships, and delivering uncompromised customer service. Recognising his outstanding contribution and achievements in Ireland’s ICT industry, John was awarded the title of ‘Person of the Year’ at the 2011 ICT Excellence Awards and has been shortlisted as one of 24 finalists for the EY Entrepreneur of the Year 2014 programme.  

JEP, County Wicklow – Bill Walsh, Aspire Technology

A proud Kerryman, educated in UCC and living in Wicklow, Bill founded Aspire Technology in 2010. Aspire Technology enables Mobile Network Operators to deliver advanced services within the finite available network capacity. Prior to founding Aspire, Bill had spent 25 years working in the telecommunications industry with Ericsson. Whilst at Ericsson,Bill held many leadership roles in Ireland, UK and Sweden and specialised in software development and support. Following a restructure of Ericsson in 2009, Bill followed his dream and created his own company. Aspire Technology was born. When he’s not working, Bill can be seen cycling the byways of West-Wicklow! Bill lives in Manor Kilbride with his wife Joan and his three kids. 

JEP, County Wexford – Sam McCauley, Sam McCauley Chemists