Media Release

22 September 2022





Schools across Dublin City are being encouraged to sign up for this year’s Student Enterprise Programme.  An initiative of the Local Enterprise Offices, the country’s largest enterprise programme for second level students begins its 21st year and over 300,000 students have taken part since it began.  


Every year around 25,000 students take part from almost 500 schools all across the country, competing in the Junior, Intermediate and Senior categories.  Participants learn how to create and run their own business, picking up key skills along the way such as ideation, marketing, finance and sales and it’s open to all secondary schools.  Recent ambassadors for the programme have included Derval O’Rourke, Josh Van Der Flier and Limerick All-Ireland winner Sean Finn.   


The programme is run through the network of Local Enterprise Offices, supported by Enterprise Ireland and the local authorities, with local coordinators in every area to support teachers and students through the year of the programme, which helps foster entrepreneurship in students and gives them key skills they can bring with them into later life.  The programme is open to all secondary school students from 1st year through to 6th year.   


Dublin City has had great success over the years with the Student Enterprise Programme.  Last year in the Junior Category of the competition, Lee Hands Masks from Grange Community College represented Dublin City at the 2022 National Final, while Cingdom of Candles from St. Louis High School competed in the Finals for the Intermediate Category.  In the Senior Category, Dublin City was represented by Madrateic from Belvedere College.


Greg Swift, Head of local Enterprise said ‘


 “The Student Enterprise Programme is a really important introduction to the world of entrepreneurship for young people combining classroom learning with real life entrepreneur experience.  It is also key to encouraging students to consider self-employment as a career choice by equipping them with the skills to set up and run their own business. Every year we are impressed by the level of creativity, innovation, and sheer hard work invested by the students taking part in the Student Enterprise Programme and I encourage schools in Dublin city to take part in this years programme.


Last year the winners were Barrelda from Meath in the Senior Category with their business recycling poly drums from the farm for use as meal troughs and calf teat feeders.  In the Intermediate category the winner was Earrings by Aoibheann from Dublin who created a range of jewellery for people who may be sensitive or allergic to traditional jewellery metals.  The Junior category was won by Sew Stylish from Kilkenny who again recycled materials to create multifunctional scrunchies for hair that could also hold personal items such as keys and lip gloss. 


Since the Student Enterprise Programme began in 2003, over 300,000 students have taken part, learning key skills on how to create a business idea, start a business and grow a business. The Student Enterprise Programme also has a new range of online resources for 2022/2023 at www.StudentEnterprise.ie, which will feature regular blogs and houses a full range of Student Enterprise resources for students and teachers.




Contact Amy and Sarah at the Student Enterprise Project Office for more information: dublinsea@gmail.com