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About School Enterprise Challenge

The School Enterprise Challenge is a global awards programme for schools to establish innovative school-based businesses. Our easy-to-use resources help students and teachers to plan, set up and run their very own business at their school. As well as generating extra income for the school, students get to enjoy a real, hands-on entrepreneurial experience and develop essential life skills on the way. All schools (primary, secondary and vocational) from all countries are welcome to take part for FREE! To find out more and register for the School Enterprise Challenge 2017, visit the website: www.schoolenterprisechallenge.org

“Who says women can’t do business?”

Meet the girls who presented their prize-winning business on national TV!

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The team of 31 girls at Eveline Girls High School in Zimbabwe have successfully set up their very own business, a digital magazine called ‘Teen Clique Zone’.

Young people from across their region submit content which they write themselves and the business team puts it together into a nicely formatted magazine which they share across social media: Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp.

The magazine is shared for free and revenue for their business is generated from advertising. The students have shown maturity beyond their years when reaching out to local businesses and selling space in the magazine.

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Registration for the School Enterprise Challenge 2019 is now open!

It’s true; registration for this year’s School Enterprise Challenge is NOW OPEN. But hurry, the deadline to sign up is 31st March so don’t miss out!

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2018 was another incredibly successful year for all the teachers and students taking part in the School Enterprise Challenge. Over 68,000 young entrepreneurs from 9,000 schools took part, planning and setting up all kinds of school businesses. From a tuck shop in Nigeria to a snack stall in Paraguay and a party planning service in India, students have shown outstanding creativity and determination to set up such inspiring school businesses.

Do YOU want bring the entrepreneurial spirit to your school? Not sure how? The School Enterprise Challenge offers an opportunity for teachers to teach business skills in a practical way and students develop essential life skills such as teamwork, problem solving and leadership at the same time!

Don’t miss this opportunity, find out more and register for FREE on our website! [Deadline 31st March]

www.schoolenterprisechallenge.org

Not sure the School Enterprise Challenge is right for you? Need some inspiration? Find out about previous participants and their amazing achievements by clicking here.


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This article was written by the School Enterprise Challenge team member Josu. He’s so excited to welcome you to our community of enterprising schools. Do you have any questions for him? Or maybe a story you’d like to share with him? You can send Josu an email to info@schoolenterprisechallenge.org  or a WhatsApp to +44 7722 481 841 and he’ll be happy to advise you!

School Enterprise Challenge 2018 prize winners announced!

2018 was another incredibly successful year with over 68,000 students from 9,000 schools around the world involved in school businesses! Ranging from a tuck shop in Nigeria to computer lessons for adult women in India we’ve seen young entrepreneurs set up all kinds of sustainable businesses!

Teachers and students from all around the globe got the opportunity to take their learning experience out of the classroom and develop key skills for success in life and in work such as communications, teamwork, problem solving and critical thinking.

2018 businesses in action

It was absolutely inspirational reading through the thousands of business plans and annual reports received this year.  Our global panel of judges have now reviewed them all and we are very pleased to announce the prize winners for the School Enterprise Challenge 2018. You can see the full list below.

[Note: Registration is already open for the 2019 Awards Programme! You can join our community of enterprising schools for free here!]

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Buddy Up! Introducing the Buddy Initiative 2019

Starting a new business from scratch and developing it over time is one of the greatest and most valuable experiences that your school can undertake. That’s why the School Enterprise Challenge is such a fantastic opportunity for every school and we encourage schools all around the world to take part.

But… did you know that you have the chance to join forces with another school and share your knowledge and build even more skills for teachers and students? Yes, it’s as good as it sounds! Introducing… the Buddy Initiative!

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The Buddy Initiative is a fantastic opportunity for experienced schools (taking part in the School Enterprise Challenge on the Silver or Gold level) to share their business expertise with another local school (who has not taken part in the School Enterprise Challenge before) and become mentors! It is the chance to join together with a school with fewer resources, perhaps a government-run school or one from a less affluent area.

The School Enterprise Challenge is run through our website and we communicate with participating schools through email and WhatsApp. However, not all schools have access to the internet and therefore cannot access this life-changing programme. That’s why we need your help.  

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Global Entrepreneurship Week 2018: Celebrating our Global Community of Enterprising Schools

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Since the launch of School Enterprise Challenge in 2011 until today we’ve seen our community of enterprising schools go from strength to strength. Testimony to that are the more than 9,000 schools around the world who have registered to take part in the 2018 edition of the programme.

From 12th to 19th November, the School Enterprise Challenge community proudly celebrated Global Entrepreneurship Week 2018. Held each year, it is a celebration of the global network of individuals united by an interest in social entrepreneurship and positive change.

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A truly international community: Student taking part in the School Enterprise Challenge 2018 from Nigeria, Mexico, Nepal and South Sudan!

Why do we celebrate Global Entrepreneurship Week?

The School Enterprise Challenge not only works to develop essential life-skills, but we also aim to make young people realise they are part of something much bigger: a global movement. All over the world, participants of the School Enterprise Challenge are members of a vibrant, international community of entrepreneurs championing new initiatives and bringing their ideas to life.

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Highlights of the Blogging Mini-Competition 2018

This year’s Blogging Mini-Competition was our most popular yet! Students from Egypt, Ghana, Afghanistan, India, Algeria, Guatemala, Honduras, Kenya, Mexico, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Pakistan, Paraguay, South Sudan, Rwanda and South Africa all shared their thoughts on a range of topics from how to come up with a great idea for a school business to investigating what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur.

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Check out our team’s top 10 highlights from the articles we received below. To view a blog, simply click on a school’s name!

The Pen International School, Ghana

The Pen International Ghana.jpgThe blog from The Pen International School, Ghana is an excellent recap of how to come up with a business idea for your team. We found the article truly exhilarating and revealing. The examples given about their beekeeping and necklace making businesses both stemmed from real-life struggles of people in the community and their products have successfully resolved them all! What a combination! In the end, their concise and punchy conclusion reminds us of a simple, but powerful fact that ‘to generate business ideas, just solve peoples’ problems’. Click here to read their blog.

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Business mentors supporting student-entrepreneurs on the road to success

Setting up a business at school is the best way to equip young people with the skills they will need to succeed in work and in life. Whilst the road to entrepreneurial success can be very rewarding it is by no means an easy one.

Luckily, schools taking part in the School Enterprise Challenge are not expected to go it alone! They are given access to their very own business mentor who they communicate with on WhatsApp.

In this article, one of our superstar mentors from our corporate partners Czarnikow, tells us about the time she got to visit a school taking part in the School Enterprise Challenge in her home country of South Africa.

Belinda, tell us a little bit about your visit to LIV school in Durban, South Africa

When I went back home to South Africa in July this year I was lucky to visit LIV School in Durban who have been taking part in the School Enterprise Challenge since 2015. When I arrived I was greeted by the business team who introduced me to their biltong making business (biltong is a dried, cured meat snack that is very popular in South Africa). They gave a presentation on what their business does and what goes on behind the scenes: how they raised their start-up capital by selling keyrings and taking out a small loan, each member’s role in the business, their marketing techniques, etc…

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