The names of eighteen second- and third-level students have been whittled down from more than 500 participants vying to be Young Entrepreneur 2010.
A variety of business interests exist among the 18 finalists, such as solar-powered bag lights, an electronic medical receipts card, a DVD study aid for scientific experiments, reptile breeding, designer rowing gloves and easily detachable horse riding spurs.
The students are from secondary schools throughout Kerry and Limerick, and the Institute of Technology, Tralee and University of Limerick, and range in age from 15-23.
An awards ceremony in Killarney on 22 April will reveal the winners.
Photo: More than 500 young people entered the Young Entrepreneur 2010 competition