Fingal’s Student Entrepreneurs launch SEP

Fingal’s Student Entrepreneurs set to launch and take flight.

Last year, a record 2600 Scholars from 32 primary and secondary schools stepped up to compete in Fingal’s Student Enterprise Programme.


Fingal's youngest entrepreneurs are ready to rock. These innovative north Dubliners are eager participants in the National Student Enterprise Programme. The savvy students will develop their own actual businesses, researching, resourcing, trading services and products, with the guidance of business mentors.

The launch venue (appropriately) was at Simtech Aviation, a sponsor of the Fingal Student Enterprise Programme and successful Fingal company. They are expert in training pilots and hopefully the students’ new business ventures will take full flight as a result!

Now in its sixteenth year, the competition sees over 17,000 students compete on the national stage.

There are 31 Local Enterprise Offices nationwide and Fingal Local Enterprise Office co-ordinates and presents the largest number of participants every year, for a place in the County Finals in March 2017. Category winners will then advance to the National Final, in April 2017.

The secondary schools programme is sponsored, for the eighth consecutive year, by the Dublin and Dun Laoghaire Education and Training Board. 

Oisin Geoghegan, Head of Fingal Local Enterprise Office said "Every year we see a fantastic array of innovative and exciting new business ideas emerging from Fingal students that participate in the Student Enterprise Programme. I am delighted that we have such a wealth of young entrepreneurial talent coming through. Fingal runs the biggest Student Enterprise Programme in Ireland and this year we anticipate even bigger numbers of entrepreneurial students participating!”

Putting context on the significance of supporting student enterprise, Paul Reid, Chief Executive of Fingal County Council added: "The bulk of new jobs in Ireland are being created in local and small businesses. In order to maintain a healthy local economy and create jobs, it is imperative that we encourage a strong entrepreneurial culture. Fingal County Council, through the Local Enterprise Office, is determined to ensure that the next generation of entrepreneurs are given every encouragement and stimulation to pursue their dreams. That’s what the Student Enterprise Programme is all about”.

Further information about the Fingal Student Enterprise Programme for primary and secondary schools is available by e-mailing or by visiting /