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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


Local Enterprise Office Mayo
So many amazing ideas from these budding entrepreneurs. The future is definitely in safe hands! 🙌 #StudentEnterprise Student Enterprise Programme
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#TBT to the 2018 #StudentEnterprise awards and Salt Lamps! 😊

Local Enterprise Office Monaghan

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11 hours ago

#TBT to the 2018 #StudentEnterprise awards and Salt Lamps! 😊  Local Enterprise Office Monaghan  #ThrowBackThursday #MakingItHappen

One day you will look back and see that all along you were blooming! 😄

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One day you will look back and see that all along you were blooming! 😄  #StudentEnterprise #MakingItHappen

Find joy in your #StudentEnterprise journey! 😄

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Find joy in your #StudentEnterprise journey! 😄  #MondayMotivation #MakingItHappen
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Made the logo today with Debbie Lyons 🌎💙@LEOTipperary @TipperaryETB @NewportCollege @StudentEntProg @SEPTipperary @NCBusiness2018 #environmentallyfriendly #stopclimatechange #7days #Workinghard

Pictured at the presentation of awards at the finals of the Student Enterprise competition organised by the Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown Local Enterprise Office @dlrcc @leo_dlr @Loc_Enterprise @smytho @StudentEntProg

Absolutely delighted to announce we have won second place at the dlr leo student enterprise awards. We are absolutely delighted we got this far and good luck to those going through to nationals 🙈👟 #replaceyourlace #studententerprise @StudentEntProg

Ahhh, still in shock! So happy Specrest has won the @fingalsea junior category! Off to the national @StudentEntProg final next! Thanks to everyone for all the encouragement and advice! @LEOFingal #studententerprise

#sew busy with preparations for county finals on Thursday! If you cant already tell, I AM VERY #EXCITED 😃😃😎@StudentEntProg

We are currently finishing up our display work for the upcoming Enterprise Competition next Tuesday!! @StudentEntProg @leo_limerick

Press Release from @LEOCountyKerry ahead of @StudentEntProg Kerry Finals tomorrow March 22nd Best of Luck to all !

#TBT to the 2018 #StudentEnterprise awards and Salt Lamps! 😊


#ThrowBackThursday #MakingItHappen

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