Participating teams must abide by the following rules of the competition. Teachers must, as a starting point, make themselves familiar with each of the 10 competition rules below when beginning the Student Enterprise Programme:
- Students may enter the competition either as individuals or as a team. There are no limits to the number of students on a team however each business must be represented at the National Final by a maximum of 5 students.
- All students on a team must be in the relevant year at school, as outlined in the various categories:
– Junior: 1st year
– Intermediate: 2nd and 3rd year
– Senior: Transition Year, 4th, 5th, 6th year and Youthreach. (Youthreach Projects: each participant must be no older than 18 years old on the day of the National Final).
- Students must operate a business and only one entry in each category from each of the 31 Local Enterprise Offices may participate at the National Final.
- Students must submit 5 copies of their business report (following the required format and with a maximum of 20 single sided or 10 double sided pages) by the designated date.
- N.B. Student enterprises that have carried out work prior to September 2016 qualify to enter the competition, however strictly no sales must have been made pre-September 2016. If a student enterprise has been trading prior to this date, they do not qualify to enter the competition.
- Students are required to set up a display stand at the awards venue by the designated time. Any unusual or large display items must be first approved by the National Co-ordinator and strictly no live animals are permitted at the venue.
- The judges’ decisions in all matters are final.
- All content relating to entries to the SEP are the sole responsibility of the entrant(s), and the Network of Local Enterprise Offices accepts no liability whatsoever for any issues relating to breaches/infringements of issues such as copyright, trademark, or related I.P. by SEP competition entrants, etc. It is the responsibility of the school to ensure that there are no issues of copyright infringement by any student enterprise.
- Prizes awarded to winning teams at National Final are non-transferable and will only be awarded in the format as outlined on studententerprise.ie and in the National Final brochure.
- Photographs taken of students at organised events during the year and at National Final may be used for promotional purposes on behalf of the Local Enterprise Offices e.g. in local media, in brochures, on LEO websites and on LEO social media channels. If any school wishes that such photos of their students are not used in this manner, the Local Schools Co-ordinator must be informed in writing in advance.