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Great business ideas are not always about coming up with a brand-new idea …. Many great business ideas come from simply looking at an existing idea out there and simply making it better!

The aim of the SBA competition is to encourage students to think creatively about how they can use their ‘smarts’ to solve everyday problems and come up with a product/service that does just this.

We are NOT talking about re-inventing the wheel or looking for brand new business ideas or inventions …. This competition is more about looking at existing products/services out there on the market and using your imagination to see how you can make them better e.g. cheaper, faster, safer, more energy efficient…. the list is endless.

All you have to do is come up with the idea and tell us about it!

From 1st November 2022 our Smart Business Idea Vault will open on the website. Students can fill in an entry form and pop it in the virtual vault any time before 31st March 2023 to be in with a chance to win.

The overall winning idea in the junior and senior categories will be announced in May 2023.

Who Can Enter?

  • Any student registered for the Student Enterprise Programme 2022/23 can enter the SBA competition.


  • Junior Category – 1st, 2nd, 3rd year students
  • Senior Category – TY,4th, 5th, 6th year students & Youthreach students*

*Youthreach students must be no older than 18 years of age to enter

Rules & Regulations:

  • Students must be registered with SEP 2022/23 in order to qualify to enter
  • Entry is on an individual basis only
  • Idea must be different from the main mini company idea
  • Judges’ decision is final
  • Entry must be made via the online portal
  • No late entries accepted


Junior Category Prize (1st – 3rd year): €500 student winner/ €500 winning school Senior Category Prize (TY – 6th year): €500 student winner/€500 winning school


Idea Generation Exercises:                         

junior powerpoint         


Inspiration Hubs: 



Marking Scheme & Criteria: