What is Student Enterprise?

The Student Enterprise Programme is Ireland’s biggest student enterprise competition. Each year over 23,000 secondary students from 480 schools take part in this Programme by setting up and running their own student business.

Students get to find out what it’s really like to be an entrepreneur and get a practical, hands-on taste of real life business.

Students get to do everything a real life entrepreneur does when setting up a business – from coming up with the idea and business name to making and supplying a product or service and dealing with customers. Students taking part get to attend workshops, receive in-school talks from business mentors, benefit from visits out to local businesses and take part in a County Final to be in with a chance of representing their region at the National Final in Croke Park.

The Programme is open to all second level students from 1st year to 6th year and runs from September to May each year.

Benefits to Teachers & Students:

  • Be in with a chance of winning some great prizes e.g. €2,000 technology voucher for winning team, €1,000 for the school and lots more!
  • Learn lifelong skills such as teamwork, public speaking, overcoming obstacles, tenacity, managing finances, customer service etc…
  • Provides practical uses for business studies topics
  • Combines classroom learning with real life experiences
  • Opportunity to meet and learn from entrepreneurs in the local community
  • Excellent PR opportunities for schools
  • Excellent support tools for teachers, students and schools

Over the 15 years that the Local Enterprise Office has been running the Student Enterprise Programme, we have seen some fantastic student businesses set up.

Learn more about some of our past success stories


To see for yourself what the SEP is all about, check out some of the videos over on our YouTube Channel.