Beneath Kerry's natural beauty lies a vibrant and interconnected business community that has been steadily transforming the region into a thriving enterprise and innovation hub. Businesses can tap into the collective experience and resources of the community driving economic development in the county. This includes access to a thriving ecosystem spanning public and private sectors where government agencies, educational institutions, industry bodies and businesses work hand in hand to nurture talent and foster enterprise growth.

Collaboration is at the heart of Kerry's business community and it thrives in our rich environment of innovation, creativity and support. From cutting-edge technology start-ups to traditional industries embracing technological advances, our connected business community is the driving force behind Kerry's flourishing business landscape.

  • Chamber Organisations: A voice for business

Chamber organisations in Kerry play a pivotal role in uniting local businesses, fostering collaboration, and advocating for their interests. These chambers provide networking opportunities, business development resources, and a unified voice for businesses in the region. They also organise events and workshops that enable more established business and new comers  to connect, learn, and grow together.

  • Industry Clusters: Fostering Industry Synergies

Clusters like the Circular Bioeconomy Cluster, Tech Industry Alliance and AgriTech Cluster bring together companies from specific industries, encouraging knowledge sharing, innovation, and collaborative projects. By leveraging the synergies between companies which share common challenges, these clusters help local businesses gain a competitive edge on a global scale.

  • Government Agencies: Supporting Business Growth

Government agencies, including Enterprise Ireland and the Local Enterprise Office (LEO), provide valuable resources and financial support to businesses in Kerry. They offer grants, training programs, and advisory services, helping startups and established companies thrive in the local ecosystem.

  • Enterprise-Focused Programs: Empowering Business

Kerry boasts a range of enterprise-focused programs designed to empower businesses and foster innovation. Initiatives like  New Frontiers Program, NDRC, Skillnet organisations and lots more  provide education, training, and funding opportunities for those looking to start, grow and scale a business.

  • Hubs: Nurturing Innovation

Business hubs like the Tom Crean Business Centre in Tralee, the Dingle Hub, the RDI Hub in Killorglin and Kerry Innovation Centre provide a physical space for entrepreneurs, startups, and remote workers to connect, collaborate, and innovate. These hubs offer co-working spaces, mentorship, and access to a network of like-minded individuals.

  • Education and Training Organisations: Building a Skilled Workforce

Kerry's education and training institutions, including Munster Technological University, Kerry ETB and Kerry College are committed to equipping the local workforce with the skills needed for the modern business landscape. They collaborate with businesses to develop customised training programs and ensure a steady supply of skilled talent.

  • Events: A Platform for Engagement

Kerry hosts a wide array of events, conferences, and workshops that facilitate networking and knowledge exchange. Events like Cantillon, the John McCarthy AI Summer School attract industry leaders, entrepreneurs, and professionals from across the country, creating opportunities for meaningful connections and collaboration.

Discover the breadth of organisations driving connectivity, collaboration, and innovation to make Kerry a location of choice for business.

 

Chamber Organisations

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Tralee Chamber is the largest business-membership organisation in Kerry. We represent the interests of business communities while promoting regional economic development through our partnerships with a range of key stakeholders. We strive to create the most fertile environment…

Killorglin Chamber Alliance represents various strands of the community such as Business, Sports, The Youth, Arts and the Community and is a vehicle designed to be a link between Kerry County Council and the larger community.

Working together to make Listowel an even better place to grow up in, live in, work in and visit. The formation of the Listowel Business & Community Alliance had two main aims. Firstly, the alliance would be a representative structure through which projects and initiatives…

Killarney Chamber of Tourism & Commerce actively promotes and develops tourism, commerce and enterprise in the greater Killarney area for the benefit of its members, the local community and visitors to Killarney. In so doing, the Chamber seeks to represents the collective…

Aims, objectives and activities of the organisation Integrated Resource Development Waterville was set up in 1987 to attempt to combat the severe disadvantage which the region suffered as a result of rural decline, emigration & economic deprivation. It was initiated by a…

The Cahersiveen Community & Business Alliance was set up in response to a deputation that went before the local authority in 2018 highlighting the difficulties facing the town.  ​Our aim is to be at the core of our community where businesses, individuals, clubs and…

KMEG is a dynamic group of representatives from all sectors of Kenmare’s business and local communities groups. The aim of KMEG is to market Kenmare and the surrounding area promoting all businesses services, festivals and events. With your help we will actively and…

The Dingle Business Chamber is committed to the promotion of the Dingle Peninsula (Ireland) on an economic and social level through the support and development of local business and tourism.

Industry Clusters

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Ireland’ s AgriTech cluster is a coming together of industry, academics, and government to unlock new opportunities and deliver growth to this important sector. This new initiative is part of a national approach led by Enterprise Ireland through the Regional Technology…

A first-of-a-kind regional bioeconomy cluster in Ireland With a focus on marine, agriculture and waste-to-value thematic areas, our goal is to develop and promote the circular bioeconomy in the South-West region. The cluster brings together industry, enterprises, government…

Tech Industry Alliance is the umbrella brand for KerrySciTech and it@cork. With a network of members and stakeholders from over 250 ambitious tech- producing and tech-enabled organisations across the South-West region and beyond, we are now one of the largest industry clusters in…

Government Agencies

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Helping Irish Companies to Achieve Global Success Enterprise Ireland is the government organisation responsible for the development and growth of Irish enterprises in world markets. We work in partnership with Irish enterprises to help them start, grow, innovate and win export…

Kerry County Council Local Enterprise Office is based in County Buildings in Tralee but provides a service across the county. This office is an essential resource for the small business sector in County Kerry. Our role is to support start up and growing businesses.Our…

Over the past 70 years IDA Ireland has evolved to become a global force in attracting FDI to Ireland and a key influencer in the development of the Irish economy and its reputation abroad.  The global environment in which Ireland competes for foreign direct investment is…

Kerry County Council (Comhairle Contae Chiarraí) is the local government body responsible for the provision and administration of a wide range of services in the county of Kerry in the southwest of Ireland. The council provides services and facilities ranging from housing…

Enterprise-Focused Programs

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New Frontiers is Enterprise Ireland’s national entrepreneur development programme for innovative, early-stage start-ups. It is a three-phased programme, based in 14 campus incubation centres across the country. In addition to providing entrepreneurs with training in all…

NDRC is Ireland's national startup accelerator for globally ambitious tech entrepreneurs in Ireland, run by Dogpatch Labs in partnership with Portershed (Galway), Republic of Work (Cork & Tipperary), and RDI Hub (Kerry). Its mission is to help startups succeed at every…

HBAN is the All-Island Angel Investment Network funded by Enterprise Ireland and InterTradeIreland, and run by Dogpatch Labs and Ormeau Baths, in partnership with a regional network of hubs including Portershed, Republic of Work, and RDI Hub. HBAN 2.0’s primary role is to…

Education & Training Organisations

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Enterprise Focused Events

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