I. General Questions (before registration)

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

2. Who is eligible to take part?

3. My school is a pre-primary/primary school with very young students. Can we still participate?

4. Are there any charges involved?

5. Can Teach A Man To Fish provide start-up capital and/ or physical resources?

6. How long is the programme? Hon long is each step and when are the submission deadlines?

7. What is an Award Level?

8. How can we decide which Award Level is right for our team of students?

9. Are there prizes available?

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

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

12. How many students should be involved in the school business? 

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

14. How can we integrate the School Enterprise Challenge into our school curriculum/lesson time?

15. I would like to take part in the business planning part of the programme, but there is no time in our school timetable for the students to set up and run the business. Can we just take part in Steps One and Two?

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

17. Who are the School Enterprise Challenge Team and how can they support our school?

18. I work with a network of schools and would like them to participate in the School Enterprise Challenge. How can I arrange this?

19. I think the School Enterprise Challenge sounds great. How can I promote it in my country/network?

II. Questions from registered participating schools

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

21. What is my password to log on to the School Enterprise Challenge website?

22. Where can I find the School Enterprise Challenge educational materials (Business Guides and Submission Templates?

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

24. 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?

25. We have not received an email to confirm that you have received my submission. Please can you confirm you have received it?

26. When will we receive feedback on our Business Plan?

27. What should we do with the feedback from our Business Plan?

28. We have completed and submitted the templates for the 3 steps in our Award Level. When will we find out if we will receive the Award Level Certificate? 

29. When will you announce the prize winners of the School Enterprise Challenge 2018?

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

 


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

The School Enterprise Challenge is an international business planning programme for schools. It is an opportunity for students to gain hands-on, practical experience in setting up a business at their school. In the process they develop essential life skills such as teamwork and leadership whilst generating extra income for their school or a charitable cause of their choice.

You can find out more by clicking here or downloading our Information Pack – it contains everything you need to know about the programme!

If you require more information to present to your school administration in order to obtain permission to take part, you may find our useful letter seeking permission to take part or presentation for teachers.

2. Who is eligible to take part?

The School Enterprise Challenge is open to all schools, including: pre-primary schools, primary schools, secondary schools and technical/vocational colleges.

Universities are not eligible to take part in the School Enterprise Challenge.

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

Yes, younger students are welcome to participate! Many pre-primary schools and primary schools all around the world have successfully taken part in the School Enterprise Challenge, planning and setting up their very own school businesses.

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

4. Are there any charges involved?

It is completely FREE for schools to register to take part in the School Enterprise Challenge. After you register online you will be able to access all our educational materials online and participate for free.

5. Can Teach A Man To Fish provide start-up capital and/or physical resources?

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 own start-up capital. We provide a special ‘Raising your Start-up Capital Guide’ with many inspirational and practical ideas from schools around the world.

Teach A Man To Fish does not provide schools with laptops or cameras or any other physical resources to take part in the programme.

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

Registration for the School Enterprise Challenge is open all-year-round so schools can register at any point! The programme is divided into 3 steps, as follows:

  • Step 1: Coming up with a Business Idea. This step usually takes between 1 and 4 weeks.
  • Step 2: Writing a Business Plan. This step usually takes up to 6 weeks.
  • Step 3: Launching and running the business. Students are required to run the school business for at least 3 months before reporting back to us in their Annual Report

Once you have launched your school business, we recommend you run it on an ongoing basis, allowing students to continuously develop their skills.

As registration is open all-year-round, schools can submit any step (Business Idea, Business Plan or Annual Report) at any of the following dates:

  • Wednesday 16th May 2018
  • Wednesday 15th August 2018
  • Wednesday 28th November 2018

 

Many schools complete all 3 steps in their Level in one academic year. However, if for some reason you are delayed, you can always work towards the next deadline.

You can see a more detailed explanation of the deadlines by clicking here.

7. What is an Award Level?

The School Enterprise Challenge is divided into three different Awards Levels: Bronze, Silver and Gold. Each Award Level is in turn divided into three Steps.

Every school will have the opportunity to earn their Award Level Certificate (Bronze, Silver or Gold) to officially recognise their achievements. To do this, you must complete the three steps in your level and meet the Achievement Criteria.

We highly recommend that you check out the Achievement Criteria early on in your participation so that you are aware of exactly what our judges will be looking out for and have the best possible chance of receiving your Award Level Certificate!

Schools who submit all 3 steps but don’t quite meet the Achievement Criteria will receive an ‘on the way’ certificate to recognise their efforts so far. You’ll also be given feedback so that you can come back the following year and hopefully achieve your full Award Level.

8. How can we decide which Award Level is right for our team of students?

The School Enterprise Challenge is divided into three different Awards Levels of increasing intensity: Bronze, Silver and Gold:

  • Bronze is for schools who are new to the School Enterprise Challenge and/or have never run a school business before.
  • Silver is for schools who have achieved their Bronze Level Certificate and are looking to grow their existing school business, or start a new one and do it even better.
  • Gold is for schools who have achieved their Silver Level Certificate and are looking to develop their existing school business to make it even more profitable and sustainable.

You can choose which Award Level you would like to participate on when you complete the registration form. Once registered, you will receive online access to the educational materials for your Award Level and emails to guide you through the programme.

9. Are there prizes available?

Yes, there are $50,000 USD worth of prizes available for the most enterprising schools including cameras, laptops and fully-funded conference places available for students, teachers and head teachers that go the extra mile to make their school business a success.

You can view the full list of prizes here.

10. 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.

11. 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, this is possible too! You will need to register one account for each school business team using a different email address each time.

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

12. How many students should be involved in the school business?

The more students involved in the school business, the better! Of course, how many students you can involve will depend on the size of your school. At the Bronze Level, we recommend involving at least 15 students in the business team and at the Silver Level we recommend involving at least 30 students. By the time you reach the Gold Level, you should be involving at least 45 students in the school business.

Remember, if more students are involved, it means more young people will be developing essential life skills such as communication, teamwork, leadership and problem-solving! It will also mean that the business has an even bigger, more positive impact on your school and local community!

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

You can find inspiring examples of school businesses here and example submissions from previous prize winners here. Give them a read if you’re looking for inspiration!

14. How can we integrate the School Enterprise Challenge into our school curriculum/lesson time?

We highly recommend integrating the School Enterprise Challenge into your school curriculum/lesson time! You’ll find examples of how to do this and activities to carry out in class throughout all of our Business Guides.

To access the Business Guides you’ll need to register and then sign in with your username and password.

15. I would like to take part in the business planning part of the programme, but there is no time in our school timetable for the students to set up and run the business. Can we just take part in Steps One and Two?

Yes, you can. However, we strongly encourage schools to complete the three steps of their Award Level, so that students gain the full educational benefit of taking part and have their achievements recognised with an Award Level Certificate.

As mentioned in question 6, schools can submit any step by any of the three submission deadlines so if you miss one deadline you can always work towards the next one!

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

You can view and download our Terms & Conditions by clicking here.

17. Who are the School Enterprise Challenge Team and how can they support our school?

The School Enterprise Challenge team consists of 5 full time staff in the UK office, field officers in our East Africa, South 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 the educational materials!

Feel free to get in touch with us at any time! 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! You can email us at info@schoolenterprisechallenge.org, call us at +44 207 263 2306 or send us a WhatsApp message at +44 7722 481841

If you are from East Africa (Uganda, Rwanda or Kenya), South Africa or Central America (Nicaragua, Guatemala or Honduras), you can get in touch directly with your local dedicated teams. Click here to find their contact details.

18. I work with a network of schools and would like them to participate in the School Enterprise Challenge. How can I arrange this?

If you work with a network of schools and would like them to take part in the School Enterprise Challenge please send us an email to info@schoolenterprisechallenge.org. We’ll need to know which country you are from as well as how many and what kind of schools you work with.

19. I think the School Enterprise Challenge sounds great. How can I promote it in my country/network?

We’re always very grateful for people who wish to promote the School Enterprise Challenge on a voluntary basis. If this applies to you, please send us an email to info@schoolenterprisechallenge.org and we’ll be happy to guide you in this process.

Please note that we are unable to form any official ‘promotional’ or ‘ambassadorial’ partnerships with individuals/organisations who approach us. This means we cannot offer any financial remuneration or official certification to people who promote the programme.

20. 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.

Please note, if your school is from Uganda, Rwanda or Kenya, you’re participating with the support of our dedicated East Africa team. This means you won’t be able to log in to the website but will be communicating with them directly by email instead! Click here to find their contact details.

21. What is my password to log on to the School Enterprise Challenge website?

Your password is the one you chose when you registered. If you cannot remember your password please click here.

Please note, if your school is from Uganda, Rwanda or Kenya, you’re participating with the support of our dedicated East Africa team. This means you won’t be able to log in to the website but will be communicating with them directly by email instead! Click here to find their contact details.

22. Where can I find the School Enterprise Challenge educational materials (Business Guides and Submission Templates?

To access the educational materials you will need to log in with your username and password by clicking here. Once logged in, you’ll find the educational materials in the left-hand menu.

23. 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 materials 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 at the end of the year!

24. 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?

You can upload a newer version of your submission any time before the nearest upcoming deadline. You can do this by logging in to your account, 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 simply replace your old one.

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

25. We have not received an email to confirm that you have received my submission. Please can you confirm you have received it?

Thank you for your submission! Our confirmation emails often 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).

26. When will we receive feedback on our Business Plan?

Business Plans are reviewed by our judges after each submission deadline. We aim to get your feedback to you within two weeks of the deadline passing.

However, please note that it can sometimes take longer than this. You do not need to wait for feedback on your Business Plan – go ahead and launch your school business!

27. What should we do with the feedback from our Business Plan?

As mentioned above, you do not need to wait for feedback on your Business Plan – go ahead and launch your school business! We aim to get your feedback to you within two weeks of the deadline passing. Once you’ve received your feedback we encourage you to get together as a team and discuss it. You should think about what changes or improvements you could make to your business. Make sure to tell us how you took feedback into consideration in your Annual Report!

28. We have completed and submitted the templates for the 3 steps in our Award Level. When will we find out if we will receive the Award Level Certificate?

Congratulations for submitting all 3 steps in your level – this is a fantastic achievement! Eligibility for Award Level Certificates (Bronze, Silver and Gold) is assessed twice a year, after the 15th August and 28th November deadlines against the Achievement Criteria.

Schools who submit all 3 steps but don’t quite meet the Achievement Criteria will receive an ‘on the way’ certificate to recognise their efforts so far. You’ll also be given feedback so that you can come back the following year and achieve your full Award Level.

Please note that due to the high number of submissions we receive, our judges will need enough time to process and mark all of the Annual Reports. We expect to announce Award Levels achieved in the 2018 programme from February 2019.

29. When will you announce the prize winners of the School Enterprise Challenge 2018?

The prize winners of the School Enterprise Challenge 2018 will be announced from February 2019 once all the entries have been assessed by our judges. We will publicise the prize winners by email, on our website and on our Facebook page. Make sure you keep an eye out from February 2019. In the meantime, we encourage you to carry on running your school business!

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

The School Enterprise Challenge is an active and ever-growing community of enterprising schools. We highly encourage you to interact with other schools from around the globe and share the learning experience!

You’ll find other schools taking part in the programme on our Facebook page and Twitter account.

During the registration process, you will also have the opportunity to opt-in to be added to a WhatsApp group with other participating schools from around the world. This offers a fantastic platform for sharing ideas and best-practice with other teams who are also planning and setting up their very own school business!

Please note, we are not able to match you with another individual school or help you form a one-to-one partnership.