Student Enterprise Programme

Student Enterprise Programme

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

Students from 1st year to 6th year get to set up and run their own business and find out what it’s really like to be an entrepreneur by taking part in this 8 month long enterprise education learning programme. There are three categories: Junior (1st year students), Intermediate (2nd/3rd year students) and Senior (4th, 5th,6th year, LCA, LCVP and Youth Reach).


Brenda Hegarty, Head of Enterprise, Grace Korbel, Assist Head of Enterprise, Donal 'Mandy' Kelly, Mayor of Letterkenny, and Evan Gorrell. Errigal College Business teacher, with Local Lino Art, Matthias Uhlich, from Errigal College, the winner of the Senior Category of the competition, at the Student Enterprise Programme and the Donegal County final event in the Clanree Hotel, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal.

The Programme runs from September to May, and students get to do everything a real life entrepreneur would do from coming up with the business idea to marketing, sales and preparing a business plan. A winner in each category, from each regional/county final, goes forward to compete at the National Final for the ‘Student Enterprise of the Year’ award, held in May each year.

Encouraging and promoting an enterprise culture is an important area of activity for Local Enterprise Office Donegal. In seeking to develop a thriving enterprise culture, it is critical that young people from all backgrounds see enterprise as a viable career choice. Entrepreneurial qualities and mindset need to be fostered from an early stage. If we are serious about developing an entrepreneurial ethos we must start with our school-children and young people. We must listen to their ideas and actively support their innovations, as these can be the secret to the business successes of tomorrow.

Student Enterprise Website

Student Enterprise Programme Logo

Learn more about the programme.

SEP YouTube Channel


Check out the SEP YouTube Channel - StudentEnterpriseIE

SEP Instagram


Keep up to date with the SEP Instagram page.

If you or your school would like to participate or find out more please contact Grace Korbel in the LEO Office


Tel: 074 916 0735