Young entrepreneurs in Clare have been urged to apply for this year’s Student Enterprise Programme.

Clare TD Joe Carey said participating in the programme is a great experience for those getting started in the world of business.

The local Fine Gael TD said: “I am pleased that the Local Enterprise Office’s Student Enterprise Programme will take place this year and I would encourage all budding Second Level entrepreneurs in Clare to take part in the competition.

“Students will compete across three categories, Junior, Intermediate and Senior and judging takes place virtually via electronic submissions.  Each student enterprise is challenged with creating, setting up and running their own business, which must show sales of their service or product. 

“The programme also includes two additional categories that students can enter.  These are the “Most Creative Business Idea” video competition for the Senior category and the “My Entrepreneurial Journey” category for the Junior and Intermediate categories.

“Students from 1st year to 6th year can get set up and run their own business in the Local Enterprise Office led competition, finding out what it’s really like to be an entrepreneur. The Final usually takes place in Croke Park, but as with the 2020 Final earlier this year, the event will take place again online on Friday 14th May 2021.”

The Student Enterprise Programme has new range of online resources for 2020/2021 at, which will feature regular blogs and houses a full range of Student Enterprise resources that students and teachers in Clare can avail of.”

The enterprise education initiative, funded by the Government of Ireland through Enterprise Ireland and delivered by the 31 Local Enterprise Offices in local authorities throughout the country, saw over 25,000 students from almost 500 secondary schools across the country take part in 2019 / 2020. 

Launching this year’s Student Enterprise Programme Minister of State for Business, Employment and Retail Damien English said; “The Student Enterprise Programme has been one of the most successful initiatives in helping students foster a passion for entrepreneurship. Many of the students that have taken part have gone on to set up their own fully fledged businesses, some before they have even left school. 

“Ireland has always had a proud tradition of entrepreneurship and hopefully these students will bring that passion with them as they figure out how they want to make an impact in the world.  While not everyone can take home the top prize, what the students learn in taking part will be invaluable to them in the years to come.”