How to Take Part in the Student Enterprise Programme

How to take part in the Student Enterprise Programme (SEP)

The Local Enterprise Office in Wexford will reach out to all secondary schools in County Wexford in September asking them if they wish to take part in this year's Student Enterprise Programme. Entry form

Schools who wish to participate in the programme and competition must fill in and return a School Registration Form in early September.

Groups or Individual Entrepreneurs

Mini-companies can be started and run by groups of students with a maximum of five members being allowed to reprsent the group at County and National Finals should they progress. Individuals can run their own enterprises either but we would encourage teachers to try and get students to work in groups to build their teamworking skills.

Normally a teacher enters a whole class into the programme.

The Student Enterprise Competition

While all students who participate in the Student Enterprise Programme should benefit from it by developing new skills and increasing their confidence, for groups who wish to participate, there is also a competitive element to the programme as follows:

Competition Categories

Transition Year (TY), LCVP and Leaving Certificate students can enter the Senior category of the SEP competiton.

Second Year and Third Year students can enter the Intermediate category of the SEP competition.

First Year students can enter the Junior category of the SEP competition.

Please note, only students who have completed and returned the Photography Permission Form to the LEO Wexford office or the local SEP coordinator may compete in the County and National Finals of the competition.

How are the mini-companies judged?

Each mini-company must write a six-page business report (Senior) or produce an A3-size business poster (Junior & Intermediate) and answer questions about their business during a short interview/presentation as part of the competition. To see how the mini-companies taking part in the Student Enterprise competiton are judged at all stages, please see the marking scheme here which judges use to guide their assessment of each enterprise.

Competition Format:

- School Final

Mini-companies from each category within each school first compete against each other. Each school must hold its School Final in the weeks running up to the February mid-term break. The School Winners go on to compete in the County Final.

- County Final

In the County Final, the successful groups from each school compete against groups from other schools in Wexford who are in the same category (Junior, Intermediate, or Senior) as them. This stage of the competition is judged by representatives from the local business community. 

The results of this County Final are announced at a fantastic awards night called the 'Wexford Student Enterprise Awards'.

At the Wexford Student Enterprise Awards, a County Winner in each of the three categories (Senior, Intermediate and Junior) will be chosen to represent Wexford Local Enterprise Office at the National Final of the Student Enterprise Programme.

Environmental awards, social impact awards, merit awards, social media awards and other awards for best business report, best display and best interview are also presented at the Wexford Student Enterprise Awards.

- National Final

The overall County Winners from each category go on to compete in the National Final and may even feature in national media. This year's National Final takes place on Friday 1st May in Croke Park, Dublin.