Endeavour is part of a whole framework of developing entrepreneurship in Ireland and specifically in the Kerry region. One of the founders is Jerry Kennelly who sold his stockphoto business to Getty Images in 2006 for over one hundred and thirty million dollars.
According to Jerry,“You can set up a startup and grow it to an international business from wherever you are.”
There are three programs in all. Just launching is the junior entrepreneur program which is for children of about 11-12 years of age. Then there is a young entrepreneur program which is for students in transition year in secondary school which has been going for three years. Endeavour itself is the launchpad program for startups.
There are two phases to the Endeavour program:
- Phase One is a short seven week program which runs concurrently in Dublin and in Kerry. This requires a commitment of one evening a week for six weeks and then one Saturday for all the day. For each of those evenings there are going to be two entrepreneurs and one professional advisor covering all the topics that are key to developing a startup business.
- Phase Two is a five month intensive program working with national level mentors. Each participant on this part of the program will have a dedicated mentor.
In addition there will be international mentor teams. One focused on the East Coast of the United States and another one on the West Coast. There will also be an interantional mentor team for Asia.
Applications for the program close on the 26th of January. There are spaces still available.