JEP is a not for profit organisation operating across the 32 counties depending largely on volunteer work and the support of teachers, principals and parents. In 2018, 12,000 children have taken part from almost 500 schools across the island of Ireland.
More than 50,000 children have participated since the programme was first launched in 2010 from a small base in county Kerry, it has flourished to become the largest primary school entrepreneurship programme in Ireland.
Critical to this success has been the way that JEP has been embraced by Ireland’s leading entrepreneurs. Those companies whose logos you see below are among a host of Irish businesses who have partnered with JEP in their county and provided support to schools and pupils, many of them organising in county showcase days. More recently, two of Ireland’s largest media organisations have rolled behind JEP – the National broadcaster RTE across radio, television and online and Independent News & Media through their stable of national and local titles.
JEP has been underwritten since its inception by its national sponsor, Tweak.com
JEP’S COUNTY PARTNERS
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 ofthe Year in 2005. He is co-founder of the Young & Junior Entrepreneur Programmes and Endeavour.
He was awarded an honorary Doctorate in economics by the University of Limerick, a fellowship by IT Tralee and was named as Ireland’s Net Visionary and Hall of Fame award winner by the Irish Internet Association. In 2017, Jerry Kennelly was the recipient of the Whitaker Award by the Irish Academy of Management.
JEP, County Cavan
Peter Cosgrove, ATA Group
JEP, County Mayo
Frank Salmon, CMS Distribution
JEP, County Meath
John Purdy, Ergo Group
JEP, County Wicklow
Bill Walsh, Aspire Technology
JEP, County Wexford
Tony McEntee, CEO, McCauley Chemists
Tony is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland and is an experienced retail executive having spent time in fashion, sports and book retailing prior his involvement in pharmacy retailing since 2010. Previously as CEO of Allcare Pharmacy Group, he successfully developed the Allcare brand and launched Allcare’s franchise model for independent community pharmacies. He was also formerly Finance Director of Lifestyle Sports, Ireland’s largest sports retailer, operating 64 outlets spread across the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.
Jack Murray, CEO, MediaHQ
MediaHQ was founded in November 2006 when Jack Murray bought the rights to publish the Irish Media Contacts Directory. Over the last 12 years, Jack and his team have transformed the business from a traditional book publisher to a dynamic online business, which specialises in online media intelligence, bespoke media training and connecting stories with the media. MediaHQ is Ireland’s largest media intelligence service, with details on over 6,500 journalists, freelancers and correspondents working in the industry.