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The Student Enterprise Programme

The Student Enterprise Programme, an initiative run by the Network of Local Enterprise Offices of Ireland, is Ireland’s largest and most successful student enterprise programme with over 23,000 second level students taking part each year.

Students from 1st year to 6th year get to set up and run their own business and find out what it’s really like to be an entrepreneur by taking part in this 8 month long enterprise education learning programme.

The Programme runs from September to May, and students get to do everything a real life entrepreneur would do from coming up with the business idea to marketing, sales and preparing a business plan.

At the end of the Programme in May, one student business from each region gets to compete at the National Final in Dublin for the ‘Student Enterprise of the Year’ award.

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until the National Final 2019 taking place on Friday 3rd May 2019 in Croke Park, Dublin

Marking Scheme

Product / Service50
Business Report30
Exhibition Stand & Interview30
Personal Development20
Overall Marks260

Key Dates

  • School Registration Form Deadline
    Monday 10th September 2018
  • Photography Permission Form Deadline
    Monday January 14th 2019
  • Business Report Deadline for National Final
    Monday 8th April 2019
  • National Final 2019
    Friday 3rd May 2019, Croke Park, Dublin

2018 Winners

2018 winner abbey bread
Abbey Bread
Senior Category Winner

2018 winners Lift Arm Assist
Lift Arm Assist
Intermediate Category Winner

2018 winners Complete Caman
Complete Camán
Junior Category Winner


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CBS Nenagh Christmas Market... Fantastic ideas, wonderful Displays, Amazing Students all participating in the Leo_Tipperary Student Enterprise Programme

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Nenagh College Christmas Market Wednesday morning, warm welcome, great atmosphere, beautiful displays.... All business!!

Leo_Tipperary proudly Student Enterprise Programme in Tipperary Secondary Schools
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A small glimpse at some of the amazing products for sale today at the Limerick @studententerpriseprogramme Christmas Fair. Well done to all of the fantastic students involved & congratulations to the overall winners 'The Empty Chair' from @desmondcollege 🏆 Whizz Kids ... See MoreSee Less

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#TBT to the #StudentEnterprise Most Effective use of Social Media winner @Eirelert at the 2018 awards!

#ThrowBackThursday #StudentEnterprise #MakingItHappen
Kildare Student Enterprise
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@StudentEntProg A brilliant day and a great example of student enterprise. Well done to all the students and a massive thank you to Mr Kieran @Business_Dept for organising and letting the students show off their business skills.

Great video showcasing all of the wonderful products from @StVincentsd11 #StudentEnterprise businesses at their mini company market today! 😊 #MakingItHappen

Huge congrats to everyone who competed and to the overall winners @CompanyChair 🎉 #StudentEnterprise #MakingItHappen

Fancy some lunch, crafts, and Christmas under the canopy, don't miss our usual lunchtime offering @milk_market plus @StudentEntProg selling some fantastic arts and crafts in our Friday #ChristmasMarket @LimerickCouncil

Our budding entrepreneurs are putting in work here @milk_market @StudentEntProg Limerick #ChristmasMarket

Looking forward to the Limerick @StudentEntProg today @milk_market 🎅🤶🎀❄️☃️🎄

@StudentEntProg It was a wonderful morning and to see return students from last year, presenting new ideas and showing what they had learned from the last experience shows how powerful @StudentEntProg is

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