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New Student Workbook ‘as Gaeilge’ Now Available Online

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New Student Workbook ‘as Gaeilge’ Now Available Online

An all-new interactive student workbook as Gaeilge is now available online at under our ‘Resources’ section. The new resource for gaeilscoileanna has been kindly translated by An Chomhairle um Oideachas Gaeltachta & Gaelscolaiochta (COGG).

The new Irish resource is a mirror version of our hugely popular English workbook, covering everything from idea generation and team work to production, marketing and preparing your financials.


Taifead Foghlama an Scoláire                            Taifead Foghlama an Scoláire
(Sinsearach)                                                           (Sóisearach)

And The Winners Are …

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2023 National Final Winners

1st Place Senior CategoryMC CompactorsRoscommon Community College
1st Place Intermediate CategoryClip Clop DesignsMoyne Community School Longford
1st Place Junior CategoryGrasperDrumbshanbo Vocational School, Leitrim
2nd Place Senior CategoryColaiste Muire Student IDsColaiste Muire, Cobh, Cork
2nd Place Intermediate CategoryPremier WoodworkingCBS Thurles, Tipperary
2nd Place Junior CategoryOrlaiths Derrybrien HoneyGort Community School, Galway
3rd Place Senior CategoryHurlrHeywood Community School, Laois
3rd Place Intermediate CategoryHD Horseshoe DesignSt. Kieran's College, Kilkenny
3rd Place Junior CategoryClochai CneastaCastleisland Community College, Kerry
Best Business WebsiteMonarch GymwearTullow Community School, Carlow
Green Go-Getter AwardGood2GrowColaiste an Spioraid Naoimh, Cork
IP Award SeniorMC CompactorsRoscommon Community College
IP Award IntermediateChopping AwaySt Nathys College, Roscommon
IP Award JuniorOdhran's Hen HousesSt. Louis Secondary School, Kiltimagh, Mayo
Folens SMART Business Award (Senior)Tomas Mc GrathPresentation College, Athenry
Folens SMART Business Award (Junior)Shanon Mc ClenaghanOur Lady's Secondary School, Monaghan
Most Interactive Business on Social MediaMC CompactorsRoscommon Community College
Most Creative Use of Social MediaHappiness Is HandmadeEureka Secondary School, Kells, Meath
Most Effective Social Media CampaignGrasper Handle With HeartsDrumshanbo Vocational School, Leitrim
MEJ Junior 3rd PlaceRuth O'SullivanColaiste Abhainn Ri, Kilkenny
MEJ Junior 2nd PlaceAoife O'NeillOur Lady's Secondary School, Castleblayney
MEJ Junior 1st PlaceRian O'KeeffeColaiste Dun an Iascaigh, Tipperary
MEJ Intermediate 3rd PlaceSinead RyanTullamore College, Offaly
MEJ Intermediate 2nd PlaceDarragh LyonsColaiste Abhainn Ri, Kilkenny
MEJ Intermediate 1st PlaceJoshua Mc GahonBeech Hill College, Monaghan
Best Display Stand Junior CategoryHappiness Is HandmadeEureka Secondary School, Kells
Best Display Stand Intermediate CategoryModern PosturePresentation Secondary School, Castleisland
Best Display Stand Senior CategoryTyred DogsScoil Mhuire & Padraig, Swinford, Mayo
Best Commercial Potential Junior CategoryDr. InkCastleknock College, Fingal
Best Commercial Potential Intermediate CategoryGalway EngravingColaiste Einde, Galway
Best Commercial Potential Senior CategoryPhone KosieUrsuline Secondary School, Tipperary
Special Merit Award Junior CategoryWest Clare CookbookSt. Joseph's Secondary School, Spanish Point, Clare
Special Merit Award Intermediate CategoryPositive PotsRamsgrange Community School, Wexford
Special Merit Award Senior CategoryA Girls' Guide To ConfidenceColaiste Pobail Rath Chairn, Meath
Special Merit Award Senior CategoryCru CapaillKillina Presentation Secondary School, Offaly



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 Dublin23rd March 2023TUD
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.