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

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HUGE congratulations to all our our 2022 National Finalists!!!

The first phase of judging is well underway and the shortlist for the in-person final in Dublin on 18th May as well as all category winners will be announced next Tuesday 3rd May at 3pm via live link on our YouTube and Facebook pages.

Here’s a full list of all student enterprises that made it to the first round of national final judging this year.

Junior Category National Finalists 2022

Student Enterprise LEO Region
Jesse James WoodcraftMonaghan
Roley PoleyKerry
Simply RecycledWexford
Country CraftsLeitrim
KRJ ValetsSligo
C & C CreationsMeath
The Wonderful WoodworkersTipperary
Sew StylishKilkenny
Sapone SoapLaois
Pom Pom PalsWest Cork
Eco EgoCavan
The Pup BoxDLRD
CCA Junior OrnamentsWicklow
Resin CraftLimerick
Seasonal Timber ProductsMayo
Designer DenimRoscommon
Bee FreeSouth Cork
BEA Body ScrubsClare
LHMDublin City
Crazy CandlesSouth Dublin
Patch YourselfFingal
Handmade By LaoiseLouth


Intermediate Category National Finalists 2022

Student EnterpriseLEO Region
Pocket DynamoGalway
Kicks On WheelsKerry
Saoirse’s Bakes and CakesLongford
Little People Big PastsWexford
Six ScentsLeitrim
Destroy it BaitsSligo
Ava’s Calf EnterpriseMeath
How Music Changed My LifeTipperary
Twin Painters Ltd.Kilkenny
JCM WoodcraftDonegal
Grene Room CraftsCavan
Earrings By AoibheannDLRD
Mela No MoreLimerick
Cool CoinnleNorth Cork
Gallen CS BindersOffaly
Smart Sensor SwitchMayo
Cattle Trailer Safety BarRoscommon
Wax n WixSouth Cork
Fidget BearCork City
Gorgeous GiftsClare
Cingdom Of CandlesDublin City
Custom CarryFingal
Jewellery By SaoirseLouth


Senior Category National Finalists 2022

Student Enterprise LEO Region
Horseshoes 4 UKildare
Know Your PhoneGalway
Mearscaoilte LaoKerry
Handy HurleysWaterford
Clonough Handmade SoapWexford
The Crafters CornerLeitrim
Soft LandingSligo
Sea Ya LaterKilkenny
RC WoodcraftsLaois
Campion CutzCarlow
Seoda DraiochtaWest Cork
Sports Injury ResponseDonegal
Jakes Family TreesCavan
Celeb SlimesDLRD
Wood Is On FireWicklow
Pole PalsNorth Cork
Paipear PlandaiOffaly
Achill Seaweed SoakMayo
Cupan CoziesRoscommon
Guerilla GardenersSouth Cork
Save4ChangeCork City
Teen STEM MagazineClare
Framed ItWestmeath
MadrateicDublin City
Scented SantizerSouth Dubln
AKA AlbumsFingal
ROCI SportsLouth

New ’20 Questions With …’ Video Series Now Live!

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To celebrate 20 years of Student Enterprise, we have launched a new ’20 Questions With …’ video series on our YouTube Channel.

Each of the 10 episodes features a different entrepreneur/personality, put through their paces with our quick fire 20 questions, covering everything from tips to make it in business to favourite pizza topping!!!

Log onto our YouTube Channel to start watching now.

The videos are ideal for use in the classroom with business studies students.

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Over 300,000 students have benefitted from creating their own business since programme began


Ireland’s largest student enterprise programme was launched today in what is now its 20th year.  An initiative of the Local Enterprise Offices to encourage entrepreneurship in secondary schools, the Student Enterprise Programme has seen over 300,000 secondary school students take part since it first began.


Today’s launch of the 21/22 programme saw the introduction of this year’s Student Enterprise Programme ambassador, All Ireland winning Limerick hurler, Sean Finn.  Finn launched this year’s programme at Desmond College in Newcastle West, Limerick, a college that has had success in recent years at the Student Enterprise Programme.


Notable recent winners of the Student Enterprise Programme include “Coppercase” in May this year who took home the senior prize.  The antimicrobial casing for face masks was the brainchild of Matthew McVicar of Macartans College in Monaghan, who is son of Combilift founder Martin McVicar.  In 2020, a clever attachment for a milking parlour, Handy Hose, took the senior prize and they are now listed with Glanbia across the country, while Fenu Health who also participated in 2016 /17 are taking the equine world by storm with their gut health supplements.


The enterprise education initiative, 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 29,000 students from almost 500 secondary schools across the country take part in 2020 / 2021 with similar numbers expected to be involved this year.


The students will compete across three categories, Junior, Intermediate and Senior and judging takes place virtually via electronic submissions.  Each student enterprise is challenged with creating, setting up and running their own business, which must show sales of their service or product.


The programme also has two additional categories that students can enter.  These are the “Most Creative Business Idea” video competition for the Senior category and the “My Entrepreneurial Journey” category for the Junior and Intermediate categories.


Seán Finn, Student Enterprise Programme Ambassador and 2021 Hurling All-Ireland winner, said; “Without doubt the Student Enterprise Programme is one of the most beneficial things you can get involved in secondary school.  The business skills you can learn from business ideas and research to sales and marketing are tools you can use across your career and the ability to set up and run a business will always stand by you.  All the very best to the thousands of students who are starting their businesses across the country at the moment and I’m a bit biased so hopefully we might see the Student Enterprise Programme title coming to Limerick in May to sit alongside the Liam McCarthy.”


Michael Nevin, chair of the Education Enterprise Committee of the Local Enterprise Offices, said; “The Student Enterprise Programme continues to go from strength-to-strength year on year and the 20th year promises to be no different.  In recent years we have seen students react to create businesses that are solving real world problems, whether it be pandemic related or within sustainability and the green agenda.  Our students don’t want to just create a business, but a business that makes a difference in the world and it’s fantastic to see. We are looking forward to seeing what this year’s students have to offer.”


Earlier this year, the 2020/2021 Student Enterprise Programme National Final winners in the Senior category were Coppercase from Macartan’s College in Monaghan for their antimicrobial copper lined case for face masks.  The Intermediate category was won by T-Snappi from Summerhill College in Sligo, while Go Green Now from Salerno Secondary School in Galway took the Junior category award.


Since the Student Enterprise Programme began in 2003, over 300,000 students have taken part, learning key skills on how to create a business idea, start a business and grow a business.  The Student Enterprise Programme also has new range of online resources for 2021 / 2022 at, which will feature regular blogs and houses a full range of Student Enterprise resources for students and teachers.




For further information:

Declan Lee – Enterprise Ireland – 087 695 7451 /

Ciara Jordan – Fuzion Communications – 086 868 4555 /




  • 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