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It’s never too late to go green!

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It’s never too late to go green!

Green go getter awardWith County Finals fastly approaching, approximately 24,000 students from around the country are well into their student enterprise journey at this stage. Hopefully many of you will have either come up with a product or service with a sustainability element or have built sustainability into the day-to-day running of your business.

If not, don’t worry … remember it’s never too late to Go Green!

Here are our Top 10 Tips for ensuring your student enterprise is embracing sustainability (both in product and processes) and that you are doing your bit to drive innovation while respecting the natural resources of the future:

Top 10 tips:

  1. Recycle boxes, bags, wrapping paper and jars etc. for packaging your products
  2. Reduce your use of artificial light and use daylight when possible
  3. Go plastic free where possible
  4. Avoid printing. If you do need to print, print on the reverse side of used paper
  5. Recycle or re-purpose waste materials from your production process. Could another student enterprise use your waste materials in their business?
  6. Try to buy eco goods when purchasing raw materials
  7. Boycott products that endanger wildlife
  8. Does your business tie in with one or more of the Sustainability Development Goals (SDGs)?
  9. Ensure you make your customers aware of the various ways that your products/services/processes are eco-friendly. This will make them feel good about their purchasing choice whilst also being confident in the knowledge that you are doing your bit for the planet? And with the added benefit of making a profit?  Win/Win!
  10. Offer reduced price refills to customers so that they re-use their original container

Judges will be looking at how your business is sustainable and will award marks for this in the sustainability/global world category and also in the innovation category. Plus … this year we are awarding a new ‘Green Go Getter’ Award kindly sponsored by the EPA

Whoever coined the phrase “every little helps” was spot on.  Together, we can all make a difference.  Individually, your student enterprise can make a world of difference.  Don’t underestimate your power to help make a change.

Check out some of our former SEP winners who championed sustainability with their student enterprises:

Barrelda (2022 Senior Winners) Go Green Now (2021 Junior Winners)

County Final Dates 2023

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County Final Dates 2023

Limerick21st March 2023Digital Collaboration Centre
Dun Laoghaire Rathdown22nd March 2023Royal Marine Hotel
Galway16th March 2023Clayton Hotel
North Cork14th March 2023Charleville Park Hotel
Offaly7th March 2023Tullamore Court Hotel
Mayo9th March 2023Great National Hotel, Ballina
West Cork6th March 2023Celtic Ross, Rosscarbery
Donegal8th March 2023TBC
Leitrim7th March 2023The Bush Hotel, Carrick-on-Shannon
Longford21st March 2023Longford Arms
Sligo22nd March 2023Sligo Park Hotel
Wicklow2nd March 2023Clermont House, Rathnew
Westmeath9th March 2023Golden Island Shopping Centre
Fingal15th March 2023Crowne Plaza, Blanchardstown
Dublin City21st March 2023Mansion House
South DublinTBCTBC
Kerry21st March 2023MTU Campus
Meath28th March 2023Knightsbrook Hotel, Trim
Waterford7th March 2023Park Hotel, Dungarvan
Kildare23rd March 2023Killashee Hotel, Naas
Clare8th March (junior &
inter mediate)
West County Hotel, Ennis
Clare9th March (senior)West County Hotel, Ennis
Tipperary6th March 2023Thurles TUS Campus
Kilkenny8th March 2023Lyrath Estate Hotel
Laois14th March 2023Midlands Park Hotel, Portlaoise
Carlow7th March 2023Woodford Dolmen Hotel, Carlow
Wexford9th MarchWexford County Council, Carricklawn
Roscommon14th MarchAbbey Hotel
Monaghan14th MarchTBC
Cork City14th MarchTBC
South Cork14th March 2023County Hall
Cavan9th MarchTBC


SEP 22/23 Officially Launched

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Media Release

14th November 2022




The Student Enterprise Programme relaunches for its 21st year with the addition of three new awards


Today marks the launch of the 21st Student Enterprise Programme, Ireland’s largest student entrepreneurial programme as Minister Damien English joined last year’s winners Barrelda from St. Patrick’s Classical School and their Principal and Meath GAA manager Colm O’Rourke in Navan.


An initiative of the Local Enterprise Offices to encourage entrepreneurship in secondary schools, the Student Enterprise Programme has seen over 325,000 secondary school students take part in the programme since it first began, with over 25,000 participants expected this year.


Participating students will compete across three categories, Junior (1st year), Intermediate (2nd and 3rd year) and Senior (4th, 5th and 6th year, LVA, LCA and Youth Outreach). Each student enterprise is challenged with creating, setting up and running their own business, which must show viable sales of their service or product. Following county and regional finals Student Enterprises from across the country will take part in the Final at Croke Park on Friday 5th May.


In addition to the three categories that students will be grouped under by class, students can also submit their business model as part of the further ‘optional competitions’. This year will see the introduction of three additional categories of optional competitions including – the ‘Best Business Website’ sponsored by .IE, the “Green Go Getter Award” sponsored by the EPA, as well as the “Smart Business Idea” award sponsored by Folens. These three new awards categories are in addition to ‘My Entrepreneurial Journey’, ‘Social Stars’ and ‘Intellectual Property’ competitions from previous years.


Last year’s winner of the Student Enterprise Programme were “Barrelda” – an eco-innovation created by two young farmers from Co. Meath. Barrelda specialise in revamping old, blue polythene drums and recycling them to create meal silos and teat feeders. The young entrepreneurs have won high praise from eco organisations and farming organisations nationwide for their sustainability focused project which also addresses the rising costs of farming equipment.


The Student Enterprise Programme, funded by the Government of Ireland through Enterprise Ireland and delivered by the 31 Local Enterprise Offices in local authorities throughout the country, saw over 25,000 students from 464 secondary schools across the country take part in 2021/2022.


Minister of State for Business, Employment and Retail, Damien English states:The Student Enterprise Programme is a hugely valuable initiative by the Local Enterprise Offices.  Not only does it encourage and foster a love of entrepreneurship, it also creates understanding on what is involved in starting a running a business from idea right through to making sales.  No matter what these students do in later life they will acquire skills in this programme that they can bring with them into jobs and hopefully their own companies in the years to come.  Again this year we look forward to innovative and indeed sustainable businesses that these students will create.”


Michael Nevin, chair of the Education Enterprise Committee of the Local Enterprise Offices, said; “I am delighted to announce that the Student Enterprise Programme will return for 2022 / 2023, now within its 21st year. Each year we receive an overwhelming number of submissions which shows the true appetite amongst Irish school students who wish to learn the skills and practices for a successful life in business. In addition to the three national categories, we have added to our optional competitions through our ‘Best Business Website’, ‘Go Green Go Better’ and ‘Smart Business Idea’ competitions, giving more students an opportunity to showcase their strengths and abilities. I would like to take this opportunity to wish every student the best of luck and we look forward to viewing submissions later this year.”




For further information:

Declan Lee – Enterprise Ireland – 087 695 7451 /

Aisling Hinchy – Drury – 086 035 3732 /





  • Junior – Sew Stylsih – Brigid’s College, Callan
  • Intermediate – Earrings by Aoibheann- Loreto College, Dalkey
  • Senior – Barrelda – St. Patrick’s Classical School, Navan


  • Junior – Go Green Now – Salerno Secondary School, Galway
  • Intermediate – T-Snappi – Summerhill College, Sligo
  • Senior – Coppercase – St. Macartan’s College, Monaghan



  • Junior – Sofatop – Ballybay Community School, Monaghan
  • Intermediate – Aim It Board – Loreto College, Dublin City
  • Senior – Handy Hose – CBS Thurles, Tipperary



  • Junior – Specrest – Educate Together, Portmarnock
  • Intermediate – Crios Mhadra – Presentation Secondary, Castleisland, Kerry
  • Senior – Smooth Remove – Boherbue Comprehensive, North Cork



  • Junior – Complete Caman – Presentation Secondary School, CastleIsland, Kerry
  • Intermediate – Lift Arm Assist – CBS Kilkenny
  • Senior – Abbey Bread – Cistercian College, Roscrea, Offaly



  • Junior – Daisy’s Pawesome Bowties – Our Lady’s Secondary School, Drogheda
  • Intermediate – Scott Engine Tables – Colaiste Chill Mhantain, Rathnew, Wicklow
  • Senior – ROC Protection – Clonkeen College, Blackrock, Dublin



School Registration 22/23 Now Open!!!

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SEP 2022/23

Now Open for Registrations


Our 2022/23 programme is now open for school registration. As we enter our 21st year, we are looking forward to welcoming back schools from previous years as well new schools from all around the country. This year’s programme promises to be better than ever with some additional awards up for grabs, including ‘Best Business Website’ and our new sustainability award.


Registering is easy – simply fill in our online School Registration Form and you’re done!  You’re local SEP Co-ordinator will take it from there.


To kickstart the SEP year with students in the next week or two, we have great videos here on the website to give students a taste of what SEP is all about. Check out our ‘Where Are They Now?’ SEP alumni video gallery & our 10 step SEP videos covering every stage of running a mini company.

National Final 2022 Results

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National Final 2022 Results


1st Place, Barrelda St. Patrick’s Classical School, Meath

2nd Place, Know Your Phone – Holy Rosary College, Mountbellew, Galway

3rd Place, Sports Injury Response – St. Columba’s College, Stranorlar, Donegal

Special Merit, Mearscaoilte – Presentation Secondary School, Castleisland, Co. Kerry

Special Merit, Smartarntu – Desmond College, Newcastlewest, Co. Limerick



1st Place, Earrings by AoibheannLoreto College, Dalkey, Dublin

2nd Place, Little People, Big Pasts – Ramsgrange Community School, New Ross, Wexford

3rd Place, Twin Painters – Colaiste Eamon Ris, Callan, Co. Kilkenny

Special Merit, How Music Changed My Life – CBS High School, Clonmel, Co. Tippperary

Special Merit, Mela no More – Desmond College, Newcastle West, Limerick



1st Place, Sew Stylish – Brigid’s College, Callan, Co. Kilkenny

2nd Place, BEA Body Scrubs – Scoil Mhuire, Ennistymon, Co. Clare

3rd Place, Roley Poley – Presentation Secondary School, CastleIsland, Co. Kerry

Special Merit, Bee Free – Colaiste Mhuire, Crosshaven, Co Cork

Special Merit, The Wonderful Woodworkers Colaiste Dun Iascaigh, Cahir, Co. Tipperary

National Final – Round 1 Results!!!

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National Final – Round 1 Results



 Top 5 shortlist going to Helix on 18th May (in no particular order):

  1. Bea Body Scrub, Scoil Mhuire Ennistymon, Co. Clare
  2. Sew Stylish, St. Brigid’s College, Callan, Co. Kilkenny
  3. Bee Free, Colaiste Mhuire, Crosshaven, Co Cork
  4. Roley Poley, Presentation Secondary School, Castleisland, Co. Kerry
  5. The Wonderful Woodworkers, Colaiste Dun Iascaigh, Cahir, Co. Tipperary


Best Commercial Potential             

  •  Jesse James Woodcrafts, Patrician High School, Carrickmacross, Co. Monaghan


 Best Adaptability       

  •  Decoropage, Moate Community School, Westmeath


 Best Business Poster                                  

  •  Handmade by Laoise, Scoil Ui Mhuiri, Dunleer, Co. Louth


 Best Endeavour           

  • KRJ Valets, Corran College, Ballymoate, Co. Sligo


 Intellectual Property

  • Roley Poley, Presentation Secondary School, Castleisland, Co. Kerry 


 Social Enterprise

  • Pom Pom Pals, St. Brogan’s College, Bandon, Cork




  Top 5 shortlist going to Helix on 18th May (in no particular order):

  1.  Little People, Big Pasts, Ramsgrange Community School, New Ross, Wexford
  2. How Music Changed My Life, CBS High School, Clonmel, Co. Tippperary
  3. Mela no More, Desmond College, Newcastle West, Limerick
  4. Earrings by Aoibheann, Loreto Abbey, Dalkey, Co. Dublin
  5. Twin Painters, Colaiste Eamon Ris, Callan, Co. Kilkenny


 Best Commercial Potential             

  •  Cattle Trailer Safety Bar, Scoil Mhuire, Strokestown, Roscommon


 Best Adaptability       

  •  Fidget Bear, Angela’s College, Cork City


  Best Business Poster                                  

  •  Twin Painters, Colaiste Eamon Ris, Callan, Co. Kilkenny


Best Endeavour           

  • Saoirse’s Cakes & Bakes, Moyne Community School, Longford


  Intellectual Property

  • Cattle Trailer Safety Bar, Scoil Mhuire, Strokestown, Co. Roscommon




(in no particular order):

 Top 5 shortlist going to Helix on 18th May (in no particular order):

  1.  Sports Injury Response, St. Columba’s College, Stranorlar, Co. Donegal
  2. Barrelda, Patrick’s Classical School, Meath
  3. Know Your Phone, Holy Rosary College, Mountbellew, Galway
  4. Mearscaoilte, Presentation Secondary School, Castleisland, Co. Kerry
  5. Smartarntu, Desmond College, Newcastlewest, Co. Limerick


Best Commercial Potential             

  •  Pole Pals, Boherbue Comprehensive School, Cork


 Best Adaptability       

  •  Seoda Draiochta, Colaiste Phobail Bheanntrai, Co. Cork


  Best Business Report                                  

  •  Clonough Soap Company, Gorey Community School, Co. Wexford


 Best Endeavour           

  • Campion Cutz, Mary’s College, Knockbeg, Co. Carlow


 Intellectual Property

  • Pole Pals, Boherbue Comprehensive School, Cork



  • Mearscaoilte LAO, Presentation Secondary School, Castleisland, Co. Kerry



  Most Effective Social Media Campaign

  • Cupán Cozies, Convent of Mercy, Co. Roscommon


Most Creative Use of Social Media

  • Chandra Crystals, Loreto Secondary School, Bray, Co. Wicklow


Most Interactive Business on Social Media

  • Bee and Bee, Ardee Community School, Co. Louth


The Natasha Lynch Memorial Awards for Excellence in Social Media

  • LMG Sports, Presentation College Athenry, Galway


 Creative Business Idea (Video Competition)

 Junior Category Winner

  • Sniff n’Sip, Oisin Grundy, Portlaoise College, Co. Laois


Senior Category Winner

  • Heat the Feet, Luis Rauner, Merlin College, Galway


 ‘My Entreperneurial Journey’ Competition

 Junior Category

1st place:          Andrew Ryan, Coláiste Muire Réalt Na Mara, Crosshaven, Cork


2nd place:        Saoirse Walsh, Grennan College, Thomastown, Co. Kilkenny


3rd place:         Cian Conway, Tullamore College, Offaly



Intermediate Category


1st place:          Ned O’Mara, Coláiste Eamann Rís, Callan, Co. Kilkenny


2nd place:        Mosa Hafeez, Hoppsy, Portlaoise College, Mountrath Road, Co. Laois


3rd place:         Grace Mc Dermott, GMD Designs, St. Nathy’s College, Ballaghaderreen, Co. Roscommon