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Ideas for how to move forward with your school business in spite of COVID-19

The deadline for submission for School Enterprise Challenge participants is on 20th November 2020. School teams should submit their Business Idea, Business Plan, or Annual Report before then. By submitting, they will be eligible to receive their Award Level certificate, and will get the chance to get one of the prizes we are offering this year! 


In this post, we wanted to share a selection of schools that have found innovative ways to plan their business and/or to keep it running throughout this difficult year. Of course, these are just ideas of what teams could do – but you are in the best position to know what is manageable for your team in your specific context and given your resources. Please always keep your team’s safety as your top priority.

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The School Enterprise Challenge in ‘Childhood Education: Innovations’

The School Enterprise Challenge is featured in the current issue (July/August 2020) of Childhood Education: Innovations! This publication is aimed at anyone in the education community who wants to stay informed about the most recent ideas and innovations in childhood education, by sharing information and insights from schools around the world. 

We are so excited to have an article by one of our colleagues titled The School Enterprise Challenge: Learning by Doing, be part of this insightful publication. 

You can subscribe to Childhood Education: Innovations to read about all sorts of exciting and creative approaches to learning, or you can purchase the individual article here:


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Answers to your Frequently Asked Questions about the School Enterprise Challenge 2020


In this blog, we answer some of the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) we have received from school teams, including what you can do while your school is closed and how the submission deadlines have changed.  

We hope you find these answers helpful and that they will give you some clarity as to what you can do during these uncertain times – and what you’ll be able to do once schools open again! We are aware that not all teams will be able to meet virtually and work on their business while their school is closed, so remember that some of the ideas we offer below are suggestions.

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Our COVID-19 Response


The School Enterprise Challenge is still running in 2020 and registrations remain open for the foreseeable future.

However, because of the restrictions imposed on people around the world due to the pandemic (social distancing, lockdowns, school closures, etc.) we will be running a more flexible version of the School Enterprise Challenge. As such, deadlines which had been set at the start of the year (and still appear on certain parts of our website and materials) no longer apply. Instead, we encourage teams to do what they can, when they can, whilst remaining safe and acting in accordance with local and international health regulations.

We would like to reassure all members of our community that we remain committed to supporting teachers around the world to deliver a relevant education to their students by providing high quality enterprise education resources and support.

Therefore, as well as continuing to run a more flexible version of the School Enterprise Challenge (for those who are able to still go to school or meet remotely) as mentioned above, we will also be offering free professional development opportunities for all teachers from all countries (not just those who are already taking part in the School Enterprise Challenge).

We developed a series of webinars (interactive online educational sessions) focusing on enterprise education and holistic teaching skills & methodologies. They are all available on the Teach A Man To Fish YouTube channel.

Despite being faced with difficult circumstances, we are determined to continue working towards our mission. This means we will continue to support teams to take part in the School Enterprise Challenge as best as possible and we will also increase our offerings to teachers in order to make sure they are well supported during this period and are equipped with the skills to succeed once normality resumes and schools re-open.

Important note: We advise all our community members to follow WHO guidance in response to COVID-19 at all times.

Registration for the School Enterprise Challenge 2020 is now Open!

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Registration for this year’s School Enterprise Challenge is NOW OPEN. But hurry, the deadline to sign up is 31st March 2020 so don’t miss out!


2019 was another incredibly successful year for all the teachers and students taking part in the School Enterprise Challenge.  Over 71,000 students from 11,000 schools around the world registered to take part in the programme, creating all sorts of businesses. Ranging from a juice bar in Romania to a plant nursery in Pakistan and a mobile banking service in Nigeria we’ve seen young entrepreneurs set up all kinds of sustainable businesses, which demonstrated students’ impressive creativity and determination.

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! As one teacher recently put it, “It’s amazing how children grow throughout the process, they learn to be responsible, to resolve problems, and so much more.”

Don’t miss this opportunity, find out more and register on our website! [Deadline 31st March 2020]

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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. If you have any questions, please get in touch by emailing us at or sending us a WhatsApp message to +44 7722 481841.

The Gold Level in 2020

Announcement made on 19/02/2020

The Gold Level has a new look in 2020. Read this article to find out all about it!

SEC Medal GoldFirst of all, it’s important to know that the Gold Level is only for business teams which have already achieved the Bronze Level and the Silver Level. If you have not yet achieved the Bronze Level and the Silver Level you need to do that before taking on the Gold Level.


So, what’s new on the Gold Level in 2020?

There are 3 main changes to the Gold Level in 2020. You can see a very brief summary of the changes just below. Please make sure to read the whole article so you know what to expect from the Gold Level this year!

  1. The 3 steps are now called ‘Business Idea’, ‘Business Plan’ and ‘Annual Report’ (instead of ‘Strategic Plan’, ‘Mid-Year Review’ and ‘Annual Report’)
  2. There are now 14 Gold Level Business Guides (instead of just 3)
  3. The timeline to complete the level is much shorter (you no longer need to allow 6 months between submissions)


The 3 steps of the Gold Level

Step 1: Business Idea

Step 2: Business Plan

Step 3: Annual Report

Note to those who took part on the Gold Level previously (in 2018 and/or 2019): The 3 steps of the Gold Level are no longer called ‘Strategic Plan’, ‘Mid-Year Review’ and ‘Annual Report’.

You might notice that these are the same names as the 3 steps of the Bronze Level and the Silver Level. In fact, the submission templates are also very similar too. However, to get your Gold Level certificate you’ll need to show that you have done the following:

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And remember, whilst completing your submission templates you should regularly refer back to the Gold Level Achievement Criteria. It tells you exactly what the judges look for in an ‘exceptional’ submission!

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How to: Running multiple businesses at your school

Since 2011, thousands of schools around the world have been embracing the School Enterprise Challenge. From a snack stall in Paraguay to tree nurseries in India and home decorations in Rwanda, we’ve seen students and teachers set up all kinds of exciting businesses!

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Now, more and more schools are ready to take things further and are asking us how they can start running more than one business at their school.

In this blog article we pick out the 3 key points to successfully running multiple student-led businesses at your school. These tips are based on 2 schools who we know are doing this really well already. If your school is operating more than one business make sure to tell us about it in the comments section at the end. We’d love to hear about it!


Why run multiple businesses at your school?

First things first, it’s important to know the benefits of running multiple businesses at your school. Rashmi Kathuria, a teacher at Kulachi Hansraj Model School in India who has been taking part in the School Enterprise Challenge since 2014, says:

“Running multiple businesses allows teachers to identify different interests and strengths among their students and also creates an opportunity for them to participate in different business functions across different sectors.

Beyond skills, it also allows us to motivate different kinds of students. With a range of businesses you can attract students with a range of interests.”

So, not only will you be able to involve more students and teachers, you’ll be able to give them an even more exciting and complete entrepreneurial experience.

Benefits of multiple businesses

As you know, we encourage all teams to rotate their members around the different areas of the business. If your school has multiple businesses, students will get to experience not only different areas but also different business sectors (eg. some time in a handicrafts business and some time in a vegetable farming business). This is a great way to develop an even wider range of skills!


How can you run multiple businesses at your school?

  1. GET SUPPORT from other teachers at your school – It’s important to acknowledge that supporting your students to plan and run their business is demanding. Even when operating just one business we recommend having at least 2 teachers involved. If you wish to operate more than one business you’ll need to bring more colleagues on board. Telling them how much you’ve benefited from doing it yourself is usually a good place to start. Then, offering them support when they need it is also important and rewarding.
  2. BE ORGANISED in how you run the businesses. It’s important to have a clear idea of how the businesses will operate in relation to each other. One option is to have an ‘umbrella’ brand which oversees the various businesses within it. This way you can have a management committee (made up of more experienced students) who are responsible for looking at the wider picture and making sure things run smoothly.
  3. COLLABORATE between the businesses. Although setting up businesses number 2 and 3 will be a challenge, you’ll find that things will start to get much easier. Once the additional businesses are running, you’ll find that they can bring many benefits to your original business. The businesses can become suppliers/clients of each other and even organise joint events. The ‘pulling power’ of multiple businesses is far greater than one operating alone!

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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!


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.

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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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Registration for the School Enterprise Challenge 2017 is NOW OPEN!

We are absolutely delighted to inform you that registration for the School Enterprise Challenge is NOW OPEN!

In 2016, an incredible 49,491 young people and 3,384 teachers and staff directly benefited from participation in the challenge. A fantastic variety of school businesses were planned and set up, ranging from a banking cooperative in Peru to eco-friendly handicrafts in India.

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To register for the School Enterprise Challenge 2017, simply head to our website and hit REGISTER NOW!

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