Student Enterprise Programme

About the Student Enterprise Programme

Since the Student Enterprise Programme began in 2002, 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 comprehensive range of online resources at, which will feature regular blogs and houses a full range of Student Enterprise resources for students and teachers.   

Further information around the Student Enterprise Programme is available from and by searching #studententerprise on social media.

We believe in the importance of educating students at an early age to gain practical experience of how business works. Through this programme the students experience, at first hand, the reality of a commercial environment and develop the skills and knowledge of running a business. The competition starts at county level with representatives from each category – Junior, Intermediate and Senior – going forward to represent Offaly in the National Final.

In order to assist both students and teachers through the programme, the Local Enterprise Office offers every school four workshops in house with a highly experienced and motivated trainer.

Contact Mary McIntyre on 057 9357480 or email for more details.

The Offaly Final will take place on the 5th of March in the Tullamore Court Hotel with students from 10 schools throughout the county participating. Overall winners in the Junior, Intermediate and Senior categories will go through to represent Offaly in the National Finals which will be held in Mullingar on 9 May.

The enterprise education initiative, funded by the Government of Ireland through Enterprise Ireland and delivered by the 31 Local Enterprise Offices in local authorities throughout the country, saw over 24,000 students from just under 500 secondary schools across the country take part last year.  The programme supports students to create, design and market their own business, all with the hope of reaching the National Finals.

 Hot Chocolate in 3

In the 2023 Junior Category, the students representing Offaly at the National Finals were Aimee Fitzgerald, Ava Moran, Emma Egan, Zoe Heavin and Katelyn Buckley from Gallen Community School, Ferbane with their business “Hot Chocolate in 3”

 Jack Nikita Award

In the 2023 Intermediate Category, Jack Keenahan and Nikita Greidans from Tullamore College represented the county at the Finals with their business “Jack & Nikita’s Woodcraft”.

2023 Student 3 

In the 2023 Senior Category of the competition Offaly was represented on at the National Final on May 5th by Cru Capaill Limited the business of Morgan Bennett and Niall Kelly from Presentation Secondary School, Killina who won a merit award.


Offaly has had success over the years in the national finals – in 2021 Hology Photography from St Brendan’s Birr picked up the Excellence in Social Media Award and Abbey Bread from Cistercian College picked up the highly coveted 1st place in the senior category in 2018. Caballis Equine Ltd from Colaiste Choilm, Tullamore won the Innovation Award at the National Finals in 2016 and In the Intermediate Category, Offaly again won the Innovation Award with the business Farm Friendly Feeder from Gallen Community School, Ferbane. In 2015 1st place in the Senior Category was won by Shíofra Ryan from St. Brendan’s Community School, Birr for her specially designed hurling boot “An Tioncar”.


One of the 2020 County Final winners Anthony’s Wooden Crafts from Tullamore College is now supplying Dunnes Stores while still in school and his business continues to go from strength to strength. 

 Phelan Woodcraft

At the 2023 Offaly County Final - Eoin Phelan from Phelan Woodcraft Ard Scoil Chiarain Naofa, Clara 

Student Enterprise Awards 2023 collage

Big Mac and Sons

At the 2023 Offaly County Final - Big Mac & Sons, Gallen Community School, Ferbane


2023 Junior Category Results 1st Place “Hot Chocolate in 3” 2nd Place “Big Mac & Sons”, 3rd Place “Snowman Mayhem” all from Gallen Community School, Ferbane.  


2023 Intermediate Category Results 1st Place “Jack & Nikita’s Woodcraft” 2nd Place “Dylan’s Wooden Craft” all from Tulllamore College.


2023 My Enterpreneurial Journey Intermediate Category was won by Sinéad Ryan’s “Spoken Stories” which went on to win a prize at the National Finals held in Dublin on 5th May. 


2023 Senior Category Results 1st Place “Cru Capaill Limited” Morgan Bennett and Niall Kelly from Presentation Secondary School, Killina, 2nd Place “Dreams Crumb True” Abbie Maunsell, Sarah Ryan and Shauna Geraghty from Tullamore College and 3rd Place “Phelan Woodcraft” Eoin Phelan from Ard Scoil Chiaráin Naofa, Clara.

2023 Student 5 

2023 Most Innovative Product Award was won by “Anne and Dan Can….” Orlaith Garvey & Aoife Worrell from Presentation Secondary School, Killina

 SME Phone Holders

2023 The Sustainability Award was won by “SME Phone Holders” Ben Monahan, Conor Flynn, Liam McNamee and Callum Bermingham from St. Mary’s Secondary School, Edenderry.

 Ull Fuel

2023 The Best Report Award was won by “Úll Fuel” Daniel Scally and Paul Conway from Tullamore College.

 Cistercian Candles

2023 The Best Marketing Award was won by “Cistercian Candles” Liam O’Riordan from Cistercian College, Roscrea.

Oghams for Homes

2023 The One to Watch Award was won by “Oghams for Homes” Kevin Gavin, Myles Handy and Ryan Carroll from Ard Scoil Chiaráin Naofa, Clara.

 Humble Honey

2023 The Best Stand Award was won by “Humble Honey” Darragh Mannion from Gallen Community School, Ferbane.

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