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What Is The Student Enterprise Programme?


  • Enterprise education programme run by the Network of Local Enterprise Office of Ireland (LEOs)
  • LARGEST & MOST SUCCESSFUL student enterprise programme with over 25,000 STUDENTS taking part each year
  • Runs from September to May each year
  • Students get to set up their own business and do everything a real life entrepreneur would do….. from coming up with the business idea to marketing & writing a business plan
  • County Finals take place in February/March each year in each county
  • One student team goes forward to take part in the National Final in May 2024 to be named Student Enterprise of the Year
Students Take Part Each Year

Three Categories


Junior Category

1st year students

Intermediate Category

2nd and 3rd year students

Senior Category

Transition Year, 4th year, 5th year, 6th year, LCA, LCVP and Youth Reach students

What are the benefits of the Student Enterprise Programme?


  • Enhances creativity
  • Improves communication skills
  • Provides practical uses for business studies topics
  • Encourages students to consider self-employment as a career choice
  • Equips students with the skills to set up and run their own business
  • Combines classroom learning with real life experiences
  • Opportunity to meet and learn from entrepreneurs in the local community
  • Excellent PR opportunities for schools
  • Excellent support tools for teachers, students and schools
  • On-going support from local Schools Co-ordinator


Your students’ confidence and public speaking
will improve, through the various pitches to judges and customers
throughout the programme. They will receive all of this and hopefully make
a profit along the way. Trust me you won’t regret it!”#

-Pierce Dargan, Principal
Presentation Secondary School, Castleisland

student enterprise programme

Your own designated Student Enterprise Co-ordinator

  • Each county has their own designated Schools Enterprise Co-ordinator.
  • In-school workshops
  • FREE teacher and student resources
  • Visits by local entrepreneurs
LEO RegionSEP Co-ordinatorContact Details
CarlowSarah Byrne/Rosie DunneEmail:

CavanFrancis Verling/Fionnuala RogersEmail:

ClareTheresa MulvihillEmail:


Cork CityTheresa MulvihillEmail:
Dun Laoghaire-RathdownGarry LoweEmail:
DonegalGrace KorbelEmail:
Dublin CityJames Petrie/Laragh GeogheganEmail:
FingalJames Petrie/Laragh GeogheganEmail:
GalwayPJ MullinEmail:
KerryCaitriona P CollinsEmail:
KildareGarry LoweEmail:
KilkennyRosie DunneEmail:
LaoisRosie DunneEmail:
LeitrimSheena Cannon

Brian Dolan

LimerickGarry LoweEmail:
LongfordSadie WheatleyEmail:
LouthFionnuala Rogers

Francis Verling

MayoGarry LoweEmail@
MeathSerena BryansEmail:
MonaghanFionnuala Rogers/Francis VerlingEmail:

North CorkGarry LoweEmail:
OffalyGarry LoweEmail:
RoscommonGarry LoweEmail:
SligoBrian DolanEmail:
South CorkGrainne CarmodyEmail:
South DublinJames Petrie/Laura GeogheganEmail:
TipperaryTina MulhearneEmail:
WaterfordJonathan EarlEmail:
West CorkChristine DugganEmail:
WestmeathJames Petrie/Laragh GeogheganEmail:
WexfordTanya O'BrienEmail:
WicklowJames Petrie/Laragh GeogheganEmail: