Kate wins top business award with ‘Experience Tipperary’

An emotional Kate Keating-Kelleher making her speech after being announced winner of the 'Winner of the 2013 Tipperary Town South Tipperary Development Company Dolmen Entrepreneurship programme New Entrepreneur Award
At a packed Excel centre last Thursday night, Kate Keating Kelleher of Newtown Tipperary won the Tipperary Town New Entrepreneur 2013 Award with her business, ‘Experience Tipperary’.

At a packed Excel centre last Thursday night, Kate Keating Kelleher of Newtown Tipperary won the Tipperary Town New Entrepreneur 2013 Award with her business, ‘Experience Tipperary’.

Kate triumphed over 14 other participants challenged to put their business idea to test and find whether they should actually offer their product/service in the marketplace.The enterprise participants went through South Tipperary Development Company’s ‘Training for Enterprise’ training, in partnership with Dolmen and were given a mentoring programme.

“It was never envisaged that all 15 ideas would make it to displaying their company at the showcase conference,” said Tina Mulhearne (STDC).

“However all were surprised that eleven ideas are now ready to be launched as companies, which means
that eleven people are now in business and have the capacity to create an additional twenty-five direct jobs in the next 12 to 18 months in Tipperary.

“This is a real win for Tipperary town and the surrounding area.”

Minister of State Tom Hayes presented the coveted prize to Kate Keating Kelleher of Experience Tipperary and spoke about the importance of start-up businesses and encouraged every one to keep looking to the future.There was a great reaction from the audience when Kate was announced the winner.Kate was born in Limerick but left Ireland for the UK when she was 4 years old and returned home to Ireland to live when she was 21.She now lives in Newtown, Tipperary with her partner and three children aged 16, 14 and 11 years.]

“The level of support has been immeasurable. I am truly grateful for the opportunity to participate ,” said Kate.The process in Tipperary town has now been completed for the year but it leaves behind a strong, vibrant and positive effect on the town. This competition has clearly shown that the ability to start a business is down to each and every individual and that the tools for success are available in the wider community and all each of us has to do is ask for help and support. If you have a business idea and would like an opportunity like the Tipperary Town Entrepreneurs please contact Tina at stdc@hrdirect.ie