The School Enterprise Challenge is still running in 2020!
Registrations will remain open until further notice, but if you would like to take part, we encourage you to register now (even if you’re not ready to start taking part yet). You can register by completing this short form.
Due to COVID-19, we have adapted the School Enterprise Challenge programme timeline to respond to the circumstances many participants are facing. This means a more flexible programme, where teams are encouraged to do what they can, when they can, whilst remaining safe. Our former submission deadlines no longer apply.
If you're not able to work on your Business Idea, Business Plan or Annual Report right now because your school is currently closed, don't worry! This year there are no submission deadlines so you can wait until your school reopens and submit your completed templates once you are ready to.
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 with very young students. Can we still participate?
Yes, younger students are welcome to participate! Many pre-primary schools and primary schools all around the world have taken part in the School Enterprise Challenge, successfully 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.
You can read more about how to support younger students to take part in the School Enterprise Challenge in the 'Young Learners Guide'.
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, you will have your own online account where you will be able to access all our educational materials for free.
5. Can Teach A Man To Fish provide start-up capital and/or physical resources?
Teach A Man To Fish does not provide start-up capital or any physical resources to schools taking part in the School Enterprise Challenge.
So, whichever business your team decides to set up, you'll need to raise the funds yourselves.
Don't worry though, the educational materials provided include plenty of ideas on how to finance your school business. You can find out more about this in the ‘Raising the Start-Up Capital Guide’ which contains many inspirational and practical ideas from schools around the world.
6. What is an Award Level?
The School Enterprise Challenge is made up of 3 Award Levels: Bronze, Silver and Gold. All schools start on the Bronze Level and work their way up to Silver and then Gold.
Each Award Level is divided into 3 steps: Business Idea, Business Plan and Annual Report. In order to receive your Award Level Certificate (Bronze, Silver or Gold) you must complete all 3 steps in the 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 is required to achieve your Award Level Certificate at the end of the year.
Teams which complete all 3 steps and meet the Achievement Criteria will receive an Award Level Certificate (Bronze, Silver or Gold) and will be invited to take part on the level above the following year.
Teams which complete all 3 steps but don’t quite meet the Achievement Criteria will receive a ‘Progress Certificate’ to recognise their efforts so far. They will also be given feedback to help them get their full Award Level Certificate the following year.
7. 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 email@example.com
You can find our more about running multiple businesses at your school in this blog article.
8. How many students should be involved in the school business?
Generally we say that the more students involved in the school business, the better! However, we do understand that how many students you can involve will depend on the size of your school.
On the Bronze Level, we recommend involving at least 15 students in the business team.
On the Silver Level we recommend involving at least 30 students in the business team.
On the Gold Level we recommend involving at least 45 students in the business team.
Remember, if more students are involved, that means more students are 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!
9. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ll need to know which country you are from as well as how many and what kind of schools you work with.
10. What is my username and password 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.
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 or Rwanda, 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.
11. When will we receive feedback on our Business Plan and what should we do with the feedback?
When your team submits its completed Business Plan template (step 2), it will be sent to our external panel of judges to be reviewed.
Business Plans are reviewed after each submission deadline. We aim to get your feedback back 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 in order to launch your school business - go ahead and start making sales!
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!