Schools Programmes

The Student Enterprise Awards is an exciting and rewarding programme that gives second level students in Ireland the chance to set up and run their own business while at school.

Organised by the Local Enterprise Offices, the programme is run in schools all over Ireland for first year right up to leaving cert students. Over 10,500 students all over the country take part in the Awards every year which culminate in a spectacular finale at the National Finals held in April.

Now in its 10th year the Student Enterprise Awards bring a taste of real life business into the classroom. Students get to experience all the realities of entrepreneurship from coming up with their business idea and writing a business plan to producing the product, research the marketing, promoting the business and managing the books.


  • To give students practical, real life experience of setting up and running their own business
  • To encourage students to think about entrepreneurship and self-employment as a viable career choice
  • To enhance the teaching of business and entrepreneurship in schools by combining class room learning with real life experience

Programme Details

The programme is delivered each year from September – April. To find out more or register your school please email
The programme is open to all secondary schools in Monaghan and to Youthreach.

New Frontiers Programme:

New Frontiers is Enterprise Ireland’s national entrepreneur development programme for innovative, early-stage start-ups. It is a three-phased programme, based in 14 campus incubation centres across the country. Each year, New Frontiers funds 150 companies.
If you believe that you are capable of building a sustainable new business, trading internationally, creating employment and generating revenue in your locality, you can apply for a place on Ireland's largest entrepreneur development programme. Programme is run by Institutes of Technology and funded by Enterprise Ireland

Main Benefits of this Programme

  • De-risk your business model
  • €15,000 tax-free grant
  • No equity taken from your business
  • Hot-desk and incubation facilities
  • Introduction to government and private investment opportunities

For more information see: