One of Ireland’s leading entrepreneurs as creator of Stockbyte, Newsfax and now Tweak, Jerry Kennelly is undeniably a leading force in the digital imagery world. Prior to being sold to Getty Images in 2006, Stockbyte operated directly with users throughout the world from its base at the Kerry Technology Park in Tralee as well as 130 partners in 70 countries and its photographs were published on the covers of global publications such as Time magazine and Newsweek. In recent years, Jerry’s entrepreneurial instincts drew him to Tweak – an online platform, which brings agency standard design, photography and copywriting to small businesses throughout the world.
Jerry’s contribution to Irish life is not confined to the realm of business. He has collaborated the Press Photographers Association of Ireland in documenting the work of the charity GOAL’s work abroad and using those creative images to spread their messages through the media, exhibitions and calendars. He is also dedicated to the development of a sustainable business community in Ireland and he set up Endeavour in 2009 with his co-founders, a not-for-profit technology accelerator in Kerry. The 20 participating companies now have a value of in excess of €100m. He is also the founder and curator of the Kennelly Archive, Ireland’s largest contemporary historical photo archive.
Jerry has long called for more focus on entrepreneurship in Ireland’s education system and he and his team founded the Young Entrepreneur Programme in which 5,000 secondary and third level students learned about entrepreneurship and created business plans, meeting some of the world’s most famous entrepreneurs face-to-face. He is also Chairman and a co-founder of the Junior Entrepreneur Programme, an initiative aimed at promoting entrepreneurship at primary level. Every child learns about entrepreneurship, discovers their own skills and presents their idea to the class. Local entrepreneurs help them select the best idea and the class breaks into five teams to handle production, sales and marketing. Every child invests their own money and reaps a return at the end. To date, over 40,000 primary school children in every one of the 32 counties in Ireland have taken part. In 2017, the 13, 000 pupils achieved combined sales of €320,000 and shared in the profits of €230,000.
For his significant contributions to business and the wider community of current and future entrepreneurs in Ireland and beyond, Jerry Kennelly was conferred with the Irish Academy of Management TK Whitaker Award for 2017.
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