School Enterprise Challenge

Escuela Concertada Solaris, Peru, 2013

An international awards programme for schools around the world.

The School Enterprise Challenge guides and supports teachers and students step by step to plan and set up real school businesses.

It is free to schools. A full suite of educational resources, vibrant support programme and social media networks lead teacher and student teams through the school business journey; from coming up with a viable business idea to writing a robust business plan and launching and running a sustainable business!

Student entrepreneurs develop lasting skills for business and entrepreneurship in a practical, fun and innovative way; teachers develop skills for student-centred learning by doing and schools gain extra income for their school, or for a social cause of their choice.

The Challenge celebrates students', teachers' and schools' achievements. Certificates recognise and benchmark the school business at an international level while prizes of up to USD $50,000 recognise the most enterprising schools, teachers and students annually.

In 2016, over 5,000 schools from more than 100 countries registered for the programme with nearly 50,000 young people and over 3,000 teachers directly benefiting from planning and running a school business. Schools set up an incredible variety of businesses including Aquaponics in Tanzania, Games Console rental in India, a Brass Band entertainment service in Uganda, Cereal products in Nicaragua and recycled material products in Zambia.

Student at Staya Bharti Ardash Secondary School Fattubhilla presenting the school's marmalade and pickle business

Begin your School Enterprise Challenge journey

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School Enterprise Challenge Enquiries

If you would like more information about school enterprises - how you can do it yourself, or how you can help others to do it – visit

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  • Telephone: outside the UK: +44 207 263 2306
  • Telephone: within the UK: 0207 263 2306

Note: Teach A Man To Fish is not a grant-making foundation and is unable to provide funding for individual schools or students.