School Enterprise Challenge 2016

School Enterprise Challenge 2016


2016 School Enterprise Challenge is on. The School Enterprise Challenge is an international awards programme for schools around the world with up to $50,000 in prizes available for the most entrepreneurial schools, teachers and students.

This free programme guides and supports teachers and students to plan and set up real school businesses. Students develop essential skills in business and entrepreneurship in a practical, fun and innovative way. The Challenge also helps schools generateextra income for their school, or a social cause of their choice.

All participating schools who complete the programme in 2016 will receive a School Enterprise Award Certificate.

We believe education is the key to tackling global youth unemployment and poverty. The School Enterprise Challenge helps students develop skills they need to succeed in work and in life.


What makes the School Enterprise Challenge unique?

Schools set up real businesses. The programme is free, global, and open to all ages.


What kinds of business do schools set up?

Schools have set up an amazing variety of businesses. In 2015, 1900 schools from more than 100 countriesparticipated in the Challenge and their businesses ranged from fly fishing in Belize, to an inter-schools newspaper in India and a carwash in South Africa. Schools with new businesses on average generated an average net profit of $462 in their first three months of operation.



‘The monetary gain from the School Enterprise Challenge stands nowhere compared to the gain made in terms of entrepreneurship skills, marketing skills and a horde of other benefits and real life-hands on experience.’

– Bal Bharati School, Nepal

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Remember – from the date you register you will have one month to submit a business idea and get started with the programme. Please consider this schedule when you register formally online and register at a time that will best fit with the school calendar in your country.


How to Get Started



This year The School Enterprise Challenge runs from March to October 2016. There are now EVEN MORE chances of winning prizes, in each one of the THREE stages of the Challenge.

Taking part is simple. Just follow the following easy steps:

Step 1: Register Online from March and download our full suite of educational materials.
Step 2: Create your Business Idea. Download the Business Idea Template and come up with an idea for a school business. You will have four weeks from registration to submit your business idea to us.
Step 3: Connect with Other Schools – complete your online profile and find your perfect partner school.
Step 4: Apply for a School Mentor- get personalised 1 to 1 feedback and encouragement from your very own business mentor!
Step 5: Write your Business Plan – You will have six weeks to write and submit your business plan with the support of our guides.
Step 6: Launch your Business and start generating income!
Step 7: Submit your Final Report and tell us what you have achieved! The deadline for submitting final reports is October 2016!

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