Student Enterprise Programme: Local schools encouraged to sign-up
WINNERS: South Dublin County Student Enterprise Programme 2021/ 2022 - students from St Colmcilles CS in Knocklyon with their teacher Darren Carey

Student Enterprise Programme: Local schools encouraged to sign-up

SCHOOLS across South Dublin County are being encouraged to sign up for this year’s Student Enterprise Programme.

An initiative of the Local Enterprise Offices (LEO), the country’s largest enterprise programme for second level students is beginning its 21st year.

Annually, around 25,000 students take part in the programme from nearly 500 schools nationwide, competing in the Junior, Intermediate and Senior categories.

Participants learn how to create and run their own business, picking up key skills along the way such as idea creation, marketing, finance and sales – and it’s open to all secondary schools.

Recent ambassadors for the programme have included Derval O’Rourke, Josh Van Der Flier and Limerick All-Ireland winner, Sean Finn.

The programme is run through the network of Local Enterprise Offices, supported by Enterprise Ireland and local authorities, with co-ordinators in every area to support teachers and students through the year programme.

Helping to foster entrepreneurship in students, the programme gives young people skills they can bring with them into later life.

The programme is open to all secondary school students from 1st year through to 6th year.

South Dublin has had success over the years, with a number of budding enterprises countywide.

Last year, South Dublin was represented at the National Final 2022 by Crazy Candles in the junior category and Scented Sanitizer representing the senior category.

Tom Rooney, Head of Enterprise LEO South Dublin, said: “Year-on-year the Student Enterprise Programme continues to produce the very best of innovation and entrepreneurship amongst our secondary school students in the county.

“The programme has never failed to produce some amazing business and product ideas which no doubt whets the appetites of these students to become ‘their own boss’ and consider entrepreneurship as a future career opportunity’’.

Since the Student Enterprise Programme began in 2003, 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 new range of online resources for 2022/2023 on the Student Enterprise website HERE – which features regular blogs and houses a full range of resources for students and teachers.