Student Enterprise Programme


Student Enterprise Programme for Secondary Schools 2023/24

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

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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 2022/23, 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


Further queries to ;

Garry Lowe
Enterprise Education Co-Ordinator
Local Enterprise Office Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown

Student Enterprise Programme - Enterprise Ireland