Student Enterprise Programme

The Student Enterprise Programme, an initiative run by the Network of Local Enterprise Offices of Ireland, is Ireland’s largest and most successful student enterprise programme with over 26,000 second level students taking part each year.

Students from 1st year to 6th year get to set up and run their own business and find out what it’s really like to be an entrepreneur by taking part in this 8 month long enterprise education learning programme.

The Programme runs from September to May, and students get to do everything a real life entrepreneur would do from coming up with the business idea to marketing, sales and preparing a business plan.

At the end of the Programme in May, one student business from each region gets to compete at the National Final for the ‘Student Enterprise of the Year’ award.

In St. Patricks College Cavan, our TY students participate in the programme each year alongside Cavan Local Enterprise Office. We have had great success in recent years with one group representing the county at the National Final.

In 2019, ‘St Pat’s Woodcrafts’ took the overall prize at the county Final in the Slieve Russel Hotel and went on to Croke Park to represent their school and county at the National Finals.

In 2020, the company ‘Fairy Pouches’ won the best display in the county finals