Student Enterprise Programme


Student Enterprise Programme for Secondary Schools 2021/22

Our Local Enterprise Office's annual Enterprise Education programme for secondary school students starts again this September.

Student Enterprise 19/20 2

The Student Enterprise Programme (SEP) competition is the Local Enterprise Offices' flagship enterprise programme at second level. Approx. 17,000 students from all areas of the country participate annually. It is a practical programme that offers students the opportunity to take a business from idea stage, through market research to production, selling, record keeping, management and finally writing a comprehensive report on the business.

Students compete for prizes at school, county and national level and participation in the Student Enterprise Awards enables students to acquire and develop a wide range of personal and business attributes and skills.  For more information visit Student Enterprise Programme website

In 2020/21, nearly 700 Students from 14 schools across Dún Laoghaire Rathdown took part in the Student Enterprise Programme across idea generation, show-case and County Final events. 

The Benefits of The Schools Enterprise Programme

  • Enhances creativity and improves communication skills
  • Encourages students to consider self-employment as a career choice in the future. It is at second level that students will start thinking about their future career, therefore, exposure to entrepreneurship can have the highest impact
  • Gives students access to LEO DLR's business mentors who can advise on how best to develop business ideas
  • Students can win prizes at County and National final stages of the Programme
  • Our LEO's Enterprise Education Co-ordinator provides excellent support to our participating teachers and students

Student Enterprise Programme 2021/22
Key Dates for Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Participants



Programme Milestone

Friday, 6th December 2021

Deadline to register your business in the Student Enterprise Programme with LEO DLR

Friday, 11th March 2022

Deadline for submission
[for DLR County Finalists]

Friday, 1st April 2022

Dún Laoghaire Rathdown, County Finals Awards,
Online Event 

Wednesday, 18th May 2022
National Final Awards, Online Event

Further queries to ;

Joseph Keating
Enterprise Education Co-ordinator
Local Enterprise Office Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown

Student Enterprise Programme - Enterprise Ireland