I. General Questions (before registration)

1. What is the School Enterprise Challenge? How does it work?

2. Are there any charges involved?

3. How long is the programme? How long is each step?

4. What is the difference between the Awards levels? How can I decide which one is right for my team of students?

5. Can Teach A Man To Fish provide start-up capital?

6. My school is a pre-primary/primary school. Can I still participate?

7. My education institution is informal e.g. an out of school educational centre. Are we eligible to take part?

8. My school already has a business. Are we eligible to take part?

9. Our school wants to set up more than one school business. How can we register multiple business teams?

10. Where can I find examples of businesses that other schools have set up?

11. What Awards and prizes could I win?

12. I would like to take part in the business planning part of the programme, but there is not time in our school timetable for the students to set up the business. Can I just take part in Steps One and Two?

13. What are the Terms and Conditions of the School Enterprise Challenge?

14. Who are the School Enterprise Challenge Team and what support can they give me?

II. Questions from registered participating schools

15. What is my username to log on to the School Enterprise Challenge website?

16. I’ve lost my password. How can I reset it?

17. I think I have registered for the wrong Award level. How can I change levels?

18. Where can I find the School Enterprise Challenge educational resources (weekly guides) and submissions templates?

19. I made a mistake in my submission and I would like to upload a new version of my Business Idea / Business Plan / Annual Report. How can I do that?

20. I have not received any confirmation email that you have received my submission. Please can you confirm you have received it?

21. Are the School Enterprise Challenge team able to help me find a school partner?

22. When will you announce the winners of the School Enterprise Challenge 2017?

 


1. What is the School Enterprise Challenge? How does it work?

The School Enterprise Challenge is a global business start-up Awards Programme. Go to this page or download our Information Pack to find out more. If you require more information to present to your school administration in order to obtain permission to take part, you may find our letter seeking permission or PowerPoint presentation for teachers useful.

2. Are there any charges involved?

It is completely FREE for schools to register and take part in the Awards Programme. After you register online you will be able to access all our educational resources online and participate for free.

3. How long is the programme? How long is each step and when are the submissions deadlines?

The School Enterprise Challenge runs all year round! Each Award level is divided into three similar steps: Business Idea, Business Plan and Annual Report.

  • Step 1: Students think of a Business Idea and submit it to us
  • Step 2: Students develop a Business Plan for their school enterprise
  • Step 3: Students launch and run a real school enterprise for at least 3 months. Students submit an Annual Report updating us on their business.

Please visit the Submissions Deadlines page for more information about what you’ll need to submit by when.

4. What is the difference between the Awards levels? How can I decide which one is right for my team of students?

The School Enterprise Challenge is divided into different Awards Levels of increasing intensity. In 2017 we are offering Bronze and Silver levels. (Gold will be available from 2018). Your entry level on the Awards programme will be based on your experience running a school business.

To see which level (Bronze or Silver) would be right for your team, complete our short survey!

You can then choose your level when you officially register for the programme. Once registered, you will receive tailored weekly emails based on the Award Level you have chosen.

5. Can Teach A Man To Fish provide start-up capital?

Unfortunately Teach A Man To Fish cannot provide start-up capital for schools.  However, the educational materials you will receive include plenty of ideas on how to generate your start-up capital. We provide a special ‘Raising your Start-up Capital Guide’ with tens of inspirational and practical ideas from schools around the world.

6. My school is a pre-primary/primary school. Can I still participate?

Yes! Younger students are welcome to participate, and in fact we have hundreds of examples of primary schools setting up successful school businesses through the programme. We even offer prizes especially for primary schools.

However, please note that the younger your students are, the more guidance and support they will need from their teachers.

7. My education institution is informal e.g. an out of school educational centre. Are we eligible to take part?

Informal education institutions may be eligible to apply, however your educational institution must be providing a qualification to the students involved.

If you are unsure whether your institution is eligible to apply, please contact us.

8. My school already has a business. Are we eligible to take part?

Of course! The School Enterprise Challenge is divided into different Award Levels of increasing intensity. In 2017 we are offering Bronze and Silver levels. (Gold will be available from 2018). Your entry level on the Awards programme will be based on your experience running a school business.

To see which level (Bronze or Silver) would be right for your team, complete our short survey!

9. Our school wants to set up more than one school business. How can we register multiple business teams?

If your school has, or wishes to start, two (or more) businesses, you will need to register twice (or more) using a different email address each time.

If you have any questions about the registration process please email info@schoolenterprisechallenge.org.

10. Where can I find examples of businesses that other schools have set up?

You can find inspiring examples of school-based enterprises and example business plans from previous winners on the website.

11. What Awards and prizes could I win?

Every school will have the opportunity to earn their Award level certificate by completing the three steps of their level and meeting the minimum criteria.

We also reward the most enterprising schools as well as the teachers, head teachers and students that go the extra mile to make their school business a success.

There are prizes available at every step of the programme, including $50,000 USD in cash prizes, regional conference places, laptops and cameras. Exact details of the 2017 prize categories are available here.

12. I would like to take part in the business planning part of the programme, but there is not time in our school timetable for the students to set up the business. Can I just take part in Steps One and Two?

Yes, you can, although we strongly encourage schools to complete the three steps of their level, so that students gain the full educational benefit and have the opportunity to recognise their achievements with an Award level certificate.

13. What are the Terms and Conditions of the School Enterprise Challenge?

You can download our Terms & Conditions here.

14. Who are the School Enterprise Challenge Team and what support can they give me?

The School Enterprise Challenge team consists of 4 full time staff in the UK office, field officers in our East Africa and Central America regional offices, and a fantastic team of office and online volunteers. We’re the people behind the School Enterprise Challenge website, Facebook page, Twitter account and all your educational resources. Please get in touch with us anytime.  We are here to answer any questions you may have and to help you get the most out of the programme. We also love hearing about how you’re getting on! Contact us via our email address: info@schoolenterprisechallenge.org , by phone +44 207 263 2306, by WhatsApp +44 7722 481841, through our Facebook Page or send us a tweet @SchEnterprise!

15. What is my username to log on to the School Enterprise Challenge website?

Your username is the email address you registered with. If you cannot remember which email address you used to register, please contact us with your full name and school name and we can remind you of your username.

16. I’ve lost my password. How can I reset it?

To reset your password please go to the Lost Password page, enter your username (email address) and click ‘Request New Password’. You will then receive an email including a link to reset your password. Please check in your spam/junk folder for the email. The reset password link only works once.

If you are still having problems accessing your account, please contact us.

17. I think I have registered for the wrong Award Level. How can I change levels?

Please contact us so we can update our records and make sure you receive the right educational resources for the Award level you wish to change to.

It’s really important that you let us know, because if you use the submissions templates from a different Award level without telling us, you may not be eligible to receive your Award Level certificate.

18. Where can I find the School Enterprise Challenge educational resources (weekly guides) and submissions templates?

You will be need to be logged in to your account to access this part of the website. If you are participating on the Bronze level, click here to access the Bronze Weekly Guides and Bronze templates. If you are participating on the Silver level, click here to access the Silver Weekly Guides and Silver templates.

19. I made a mistake in my submission and I would like to upload a new version of my Business Idea / Business Plan / Annual Report. How can I do that?

Any time before the deadlines mentioned in your weekly emails, you can upload a newer version of your submission by going to the Manage Submissions page and clicking on the button for the relevant stage. (Step 1 is your Business Idea, Step 2 is your Business Plan and Step 3 is your Annual Report). You do not need to delete your original submission first. The new version you upload will replace your old one.

Please do not upload newer versions of documents after the deadlines, as your submission may have already been marked!

20. I have not received any confirmation email that you have received my submission. Please can you confirm you have received it?

Thank you for your submission! Very often our confirmation emails go to your Spam/Junk folder. Please check there. If you still can’t find your confirmation email, please contact us with your name and school name. We will then confirm if we have received your submission(s).

21. Are the School Enterprise Challenge team able to help me find a school partner?

All the schools taking part in the School Enterprise Challenge have the opportunity to connect with one another through our Facebook Page. You will also have the opportunity during the registration process to opt-in to be added to a WhatsApp group with other participating schools from around the world. However, we are unable to match you with another individual school or help you form a one-to-one partnership.

22. When will you announce the winners of the School Enterprise Challenge 2017?

The winners of the School Enterprise Challenge 2017 will be announced after the Annual Report deadline (30th November 2017) once all the entries have been assessed. We will publicise the winners by email, on our website and on our Facebook Page. At that time we will also send Award level certificates to all the successful schools who have completed the three steps and met the minimum criteria for passing their level.