The Student Enterprise Programme (SEP) was launched on Tuesday November 23, for what is now the 20th addition of the annual initiative.
The programme encourages secondary school students across the country to create businesses which solve real-world problems.
Since its inception in 2003, 300,000 students have taken part nationally, 20,000 of whom have come from schools in Limerick.
Speaking in relation to the launch, Limerick hurler and SEP Ambassador Seán Finn said:
“Without doubt the Student Enterprise Programme is one of the most beneficial things you can get involved in during secondary school.
“The business skills you can learn, from business ideas and research to sales and marketing are tools you can use across your career. The ability to set up and run a business will always stand by you.”
19 participating schools
The 2020/21 edition of the programme saw 740 Limerick students take part from 19 different schools, with similar numbers expected this year.
Students compete across three different levels (Junior, Intermediate, Senior) to win the overall competition for best business, with several previous winners having gone on to have significant success in their own industries.
There are also two further categories which students can enter: “Most Creative Business Idea” and “My Entrepreneurial Journey”.
Entries will be judged virtually via electronic submissions with the winners expected to be announced on March 29, 2022.
Mary Killeen Fitzgerald of the Limerick Local Enterprise Office believes the programme’s ability to challenge real-life problems is what sets it apart.
“Our students don’t want to just create a business, but a business that makes a difference in the world and it’s fantastic to see. We are looking forward to seeing what this year’s students have to offer.”