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Join the School Enterprise Challenge and Start Your Exciting School Business Journey For Schools, Teachers & Students ($20,000 In Prize) 2023


Are you a student in pre-primary, primary, secondary, or high school, a technical college, or an out-of-school educational center with formal qualifications? The Teach A Man To Fish is thrilled to invite you to join the School Enterprise Challenge, an exciting program where you can unleash your entrepreneurial spirit. Throughout the program, you’ll learn valuable skills, like problem-solving, teamwork, and communication. Plus, you’ll gain hands-on experience running a real business, and win up to $20,000 for your school. It’s a fantastic opportunity to step out of the classroom and into the world of entrepreneurship.

About the School Enterprise Challenge
The School Enterprise Challenge an initiative of Teach A Man To Fish is a program that helps young people in school learn how to start and run their own businesses while they’re still in school. Students can make money from the businesses, and get to decide whether to invest the profits back into their business, support their schools, help their community, or contribute to a social cause they care about.

The School Enterprise Challenge has been around since 2011 and has already helped over half a million young people all over the world. It is completely free! Once we sign up, you’ll get access to educational materials and step-by-step lesson plans. You can also connect with other schools from different countries and learn from their experiences.

The School Enterprise Challenge is all about teaching students important skills in a fun and practical way. You’ll learn about business and entrepreneurship while actually starting real businesses in your own schools. It’s cool to see the different types of businesses that schools have started in the past, like fly fishing, creating newspapers, or running car washes.

If you’re interested in learning about business, making a positive impact, and having a great time, this program is perfect for us. It’s an amazing opportunity, and you can dive into entrepreneurship, gain new knowledge, and connect with peers from around the world.

The School Enterprise Challenge helps students plan and set up school-based enterprises that:

  • Generate real profits to help support their educational activities.
  • Give students the chance to gain hands-on experience in running a real business.
  • Are sustainable, and will grow and develop every year.
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What is a School Enterprise?
A school enterprise is a business owned by a school, but it’s operated and staffed by the students who attend the school. It’s like having your own mini-business right at your school! The goal of a school enterprise is to be sustainable, which means it sells products or services regularly, not just once in a while. The profits made from the enterprise are used to support the school’s educational activities or to help the business grow.

Throughout the School Enterprise Challenge program, the team provides support to schools at every step. They help you come up with a business idea, write a business plan, and guide you through successfully running your school business. They’re there to assist you and make sure you have a great experience!

Anyone can participate in the program as long as they meet the following criteria:

  • Pre-primary schools
  • Primary schools
  • Secondary and high schools
  • Technical colleges
  • Out-of-school educational centers that offer formal qualifications
    However, universities are not eligible to take part in the program.

Program details
The School Enterprise Challenge awards program consists of three stages:

Stage 1: In this stage, students have 4 weeks to come up with a business idea for a school enterprise. You can brainstorm and develop a creative idea that you think will work well for your school.

Stage 2: Once the business idea is finalized, you move on to Stage 2. Here, you have 6 weeks to create a detailed business plan for your school enterprise. This plan will include things like how you will market your product or service, manage finances, and operate the business effectively.

Stage 3: The most exciting part is Stage 3! During this stage, you will actually launch your school enterprise. You’ll get hands-on experience running a real business and have the opportunity to make money. The income you generate can be used to support your school or a charitable cause that you care about. This stage lasts for up to 4 months, giving you plenty of time to gain valuable experience and see your enterprise grow.

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After completing Stage 3, you will need to submit a Final Report summarizing your entire journey. This report will detail your challenges, accomplishments, and the impact your enterprise had on your school or chosen cause.

You have the flexibility to run your school business in different ways. It can be done as an after-school club, during lunchtime, incorporated into lessons, or at any other time that works best for your school. You can integrate the School Enterprise Challenge into your curriculum.


Participating in the School Enterprise Challenge offers several benefits for schools, teachers, and students:


  • Opportunity to win prizes, including cash prizes and a chance to attend the international conference.
  • Global recognition as an entrepreneurial school.
  • Additional income for the school.
  • Joining a global community of enterprising schools.


  • Teaching 21st-century skills by applying knowledge in a real-world context.
  • Access to user-friendly lesson plans and educational resources, including an enterprise curriculum.
  • Enhancing your CV with valuable skills.
  • Eligibility to win teacher prizes that can be worth up to $2000.


  • Hands-on experience in running a real business.
  • Development of workplace skills such as problem-solving, communication, and teamwork.
  • Opportunities to win student prizes, such as laptops and cameras.
  • Valuable experience to include in your CV’s and university applications.

Joining the School Enterprise Challenge is completely free of charge. This year, the School Enterprise Challenge is giving away prizes worth approximately USD $20,000, which include:

  • A top prize of $5,000 for the overall global winner.
  • Three prizes of $2,000 each for the People, Profit, and Planet categories.
  • Multiple prizes of up to $2,000 for the Regional Winners.
  • Business Growth and Primary school prizes worth up to $2,000 each.
  • Several smaller prizes for the best business idea.
  • An ‘Inspirational Teacher’ Award with a prize of $2,000, and two runners-up receiving $1,000 each.
  • The ‘Enterprising Student’ Award with a laptop prize, and two runners-up receiving cameras.
  • Fully-funded places to attend the regional education conference.
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To participate, registration is free, and you will need to provide the following information:

  • School details: This includes the location of your school, the type of school (pre-primary, primary, secondary, etc.), and the number of students.
  • Personal information: You will need to provide your name, email address, and any other required personal details.
  • Additionally, you will be required to read and agree to the Terms and Conditions of the program, as well as Teach A Man To Fish’s Child Protection Policy.


How to Apply
To apply for the School Enterprise Challenge, follow these steps:

  • Register online by visiting the Registration link
  • Download the program resources.
  • Create your business idea.
  • Launch your business.
  • Take part in extra opportunities.
  • Write your business plan.
  • Submit your final report.
  • Finally, celebrate your hard work and accomplishments! As recognition of your efforts, you will receive a school enterprise certificate, acknowledging your participation and success in the program


You can submit your completed templates (Business Idea, Business Plan, or Annual Report) on the following dates:

  • Tuesday, May 23rd, 2023
  • Wednesday, August 23rd, 2023
  • Thursday, November 23rd, 2023
  • All submissions received by Thursday, November 23rd, 2023, will be reviewed in early 2024 to determine eligibility for Award Level Certificates and prizes.



Types of opportunity: Grant
Deadline: November 23rd, 2023.
Worth: $20,000
Open to: Schools and students.
Organizer: Teach A Man To Fish organization.
Country: Global

Watch the School Enterprise Challenge video
Read inspirational stories here 
For questions Email or WhatsApp message to +44 07708 219089
For more information visit School Enterprise Challenge 

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