LEO Clare launches Student Enterprise Programme

Clare students get the 2019-20 Student Enterprise Programme underway at three Induction Days across the County


Sixteen schools from County Clare attended the first event of the 2019-20 Student Enterprise Programme at induction days in the Armada Hotel, Spanish Point and Tracey’s West County Hotel, Ennis. Over 800 Clare students will represent their schools during the course of the programme that culminates in a National Final at Croke Park on May 1, 2020.

Student Enterprise Induction1 2019


The Student Enterprise Programme is an initiative run by the Network of Local Enterprise Offices of Ireland. It’s this country’s largest and most successful student enterprise programme, with over 26,000 second level students taking part each year.


Aimed at developing students’ business acumen and entrepreneurial skills, the eight month programme focuses 1st to 6th year secondary students on initiating a business idea, developing their sales and marketing skills and formulating an effective business plan that will yield results in a modern business environment.


Padraic McElwee, Head of Local Enterprise commented, “Regarding the induction days, these are important for students as it gives them a comprehensive outline and focus on what is required for the competition. It also gives students the opportunity to brainstorm some ideas and have a think about the different roles required within their team”. The day also offers some useful insight in relation to the programme from Theresa Mulvihill, Student Enterprise Coordinator. Students also get to hear from an experienced judge so they are well prepared for how to impress at the County Final and received great tips on how to include sustainability into their business from Sean Torpey, Torpey Hurleys and Adrian Fleming of Accuvio gave the students an informative account of life as an entrepreneur.


Two new programmes will run for the first time during this year’s Student Enterprise Programme; 'My Entrepreneurial Journey’ is a new pilot programme aimed at individual 1st, 2nd and 3rd Year students where they must imagine a future where they have set up a business and been on an entrepreneurial journey. 


Running alongside this will be ‘Creative Business Idea Award’ - a new pilot programme aimed at Senior Cycle students and promotes the LEOs focus on driving innovative and creative business thinking. Students enter this competition as individuals and the theme of the award will change year to year. This year, the theme is ‘Go Green; Be Sustainable’.