Student Enterprise Programme (SEP)

The Student Enterprise Programme (SEP)


Each year over 20,000 secondary school students all over Ireland get to find out what it’s really like to be their own boss and run their own business by taking part in the Student Enterprise Programme (SEP).  

The SEP is the biggest enterprise competition for students in Ireland. It helps students to grasp real life skills associated with running an enterprise including working as part of a team, managing production and finances, organizing a sales and marketing campaign and liaising directly with customers, judges and the media.

Here in Wexford, we are proud to one of the top counties nationally in terms of participation levels. We have seen some remarkable success stories with high levels of innovation, ingenuity and clever sales pitches. What is really striking is how confident young people are in presenting their final proposals with many teachers remarking that students develop their self-confidence as they work their way through the different stages of their business. This is particularly true when students are taken out of their normal school environment to deal with external stakeholders who can help them progress their business idea.

The competition compliments the business studies curriculum and is a rewarding experience for Transition Year students in particular, who have that bit more freedom to develop their business concepts to the fullest.

Introducing enterprise to students through the SEP can only help to create more entrepreneurs in the future!

For further information please visit or alternatively contact Local Enterprise Office Wexford on 053 919 6020  or email