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Overview of The School Enterprise Challenge

The School Enterprise Challenge is a fantastic opportunity for all the schools because it's easy for all primary and secondary teachers to use, even if they don't know much about business, as it gives clear step-by-step guidance.The programme has three steps.

If you are a school headmaster, talk to your teachers about the programme and start planning which teachers could lead a group of students. If you are a teacher, speak to your school administration and fellow teachers to decide who can join you. If you are a parent or student, talk to your school administration about the programme and all the benefits of participating!

To learn more about the challenge and what the programme entails, we have provided a useful guide below.

Registration and Onboarding

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Register by clicking the button below. You will be taken to our new platform, ElevatED, where you can register for an account.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is the School Enterprise Challenge 2023 open?

  • Is the School Enterprise Challenge 2024 open?
    Yes! The programme is currently open for registrations. For teachers and school head teachers: Click here to create an account. For students and parents: Please speak to your school's administration and encourage them to register for the programme.
  • Who can register?
    Teachers and Head Teachers from Primary to Secondary schools can create an account and register their schools directly for the programme. Click here to start the registration process. Students and parents cannot register their schools individually. They should speak to their school administration to encourage the school to sign up for the programme.
  • How to participate?
    To participate in the School Enterprise Challenge, you must be a teacher or headteacher. Create an account on our ElevatED website by clicking here. On the website, you will find the activities for the three steps of the School Enterprise Challenge programme: Step 1: Coming Up with a Business Idea Step 2: Planning a Business Plan Step 3: Launching and Implementing a Business We will support you in guiding your students through each step of the process, helping them complete activities that lead to business implementation. Please note that if you are from the following countries, you can contact our local team directly for tailored support: Uganda: SECUganda@teachamantofish.org.uk Honduras: concurso@teachamantofish.org.uk
  • What is the ElevatED website?
    The ElevatED website is a user-friendly web app that hosts entrepreneurship education programmes for schools, teachers, and students. In the Teacher View of the app, you will have access to our flagship School Enterprise Challenge programme, which will guide you step-by-step in kick-starting and managing a successful and sustainable student-led school business. To access the ElevatED website, click here and follow the instructions to create an account and register your school.
  • When can I work on the programme with my students?
    You have the flexibility to work on the School Enterprise Challenge either during classes or after school. Whether integrated into the curriculum or run as an extracurricular activity, the programme offers options to suit your school's schedule. Additionally, you can utilise dedicated project time or even school holidays to make progress. It's all about finding the approach that works best for your students and ensures their active participation and engagement.
  • What is the timeline to participate?
    The timeline for the School Enterprise Challenge is flexible. Schools can adjust the schedule to fit their own calendar and complete the programme activities at their own pace. However, business teams will also have the opportunity to participate in various global competitions throughout the year. Winners of these competitions will receive cash prizes to support their businesses! Here are the deadlines for the initial competitions we are hosting: Step 1: Business Idea 2nd August 2024 22nd October 2024 Step 2: Business Plan 3rd September 2024 3rd December 2024 Step 3: School Business Implemented (Annual Report) 3rd December 2024 11th March 2025 Each competition has its own deadline, prize, and criteria, all of which will be communicated well in advance on the ElevatED website. We will announce more competitions throughout the year, so stay tuned!
  • Why should my team participate in a competition?
    All teams participating in the competitions will receive a digital badge and have the chance to win a prize to support their school business! Additionally, the teams participating in the competitions for all three steps (Business Idea, Business Plan, and Annual Report) will receive a badge and a certificate indicating their level as Bronze, Silver, or Gold, based on their performance according to the Achievement Criteria. You can access the Achievement Criteria on the ElevatED website under the 'Compete' section. Besides, students, teachers, and school headteachers will receive individual personalised certificates. Teams can also nominate individuals for Inspirational Teacher, Enterprising Student, and School Head Teacher prizes. If a team participates in a Step 2: Business Plan competition, they will receive feedback on their business plan from a business expert, helping them to launch their business.
  • What is my business team's level?
    The teams participating in the competitions for all three steps (Business Idea, Business Plan, and Annual Report) will receive a badge and a certificate indicating their level as Bronze, Silver, or Gold, based on their performance according to the Achievement Criteria. You can access the Achievement Criteria on the ElevatED website under the 'Compete' section.
  • What is my school’s level?
    We believe in recognising schools that champion entrepreneurship education. By participating in the programme, your school is showcasing their commitment to providing high-quality entrepreneurship education, both locally and internationally. Schools can attain one of three distinct ranks at the end of the year: Novice: This marks your school's first year in the programme - all schools will aim for the Novice rank in 2024, as we're introducing a brand new ElevatED website this year! Intermediate: Achieved after two consecutive years of teachers and students completing the programme. Advanced: Achieved after three or more consecutive years of teachers and students completing the programme. To attain a School 2024 rank, business teams must complete Steps 1, 2, and 3 activities of the School Enterprise Challenge programme on the ElevatED website by March 11, 2025.
  • Can our school have more than one school business team?
    Yes! Your school can form multiple school business teams, allowing for greater student involvement and promoting entrepreneurship among a wider group of students. Each team can explore different business ideas or aspects of entrepreneurship, offering students diverse opportunities to enhance their skills and unleash their creativity.
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