TK Whi­taker man­age­ment award for Ken­nelly

The Kerryman (South Kerry Edition) - - NEWS - By SI­MON BROUDER

KERRY busi­ness­man Jerry Ken­nelly has been awarded the TK Whi­taker Award by the Ir­ish Academy of Man­age­ment.

The IAM said it wished to recog­nise Ken­nelly for what they de­scribed as his “sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tions to busi­ness and the wider com­mu­nity of cur­rent and fu­ture en­trepreneurs in Ire­land and be­yond”.

Mr Ken­nelly launched his first busi­ness, News­fax, a wirephoto ser­vice in 1981.

In 1996 he launched Stock­byte which was sold to Getty Images for $135 mil­lion in 2006.

His next ven­ture, Tweak is an on­line plat­form, of­fer­ing logo and ad de­sign, pho­tog­ra­phy and copy writ­ing ser­vices to small busi­nesses.

In con­junc­tion with Institute of Technology Tralee and Shannon De­vel­op­ment Mr Ken­nelly was a co-founder of the En­deav­our pro­gramme in 2009.

The not-for-profit tech sec­tor busi­ness ac­cel­er­a­tor scheme in­volved 20 com­pa­nies which now have a value of in ex­cess of €100m.

He also founded the Young En­tre­pre­neur Pro­gramme in which 5,000 sec­ondary and third level stu­dents took part. Since 2010 that pro­gramme has been fo­cussed on pri­mary schools and over 40,000 chil­dren have par­tic­i­pated in it.

“Jerry Ken­nelly’s con­tri­bu­tion to Ir­ish life is not con­fined to the realm of busi­ness. We are de­lighted to award Jerry Ken­nelly our high­est hon­our, the TK Whi­taker Award,” said IAM Chair Prof Mar­garet Line­han.

The IAM de­scribes it­self as the “pre-em­i­nent body for aca­demics re­search­ing man­age­ment and busi­ness in Ire­land.”

Pre­vi­ous re­cip­i­ents of the TK Whi­taker Award in­clude De­nis Bros­nan, Mar­garet Downes and Dr Martin Naughton.

Photo by Oliver McVeigh/Sports­file.

Jerry Ken­nel­ly­with his award.

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