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Real life learning for children

Junior Entrepreneur Programme (JEP) has given more than 80,000 primary school pupils on the island of Ireland the opportunity to experience practical, real-life business learning as part of their formative education.

Nurtures creativity, independence and problem solving

Running over a 12 to 16 week period during the school year, JEP nurtures creativity, independence and problem-solving among pupils of all abilities, with every aspect of the Programme seamlessly blending into the primary school curriculum.

Start a real business in the classroom

Under their teacher’s guidance, and with the inspiration of local entrepreneurs, children will discover their strengths as individuals and as part of a team. Together, they’ll choose, invest in and produce their own product or service from scratch, all the way to making it available for sale at a school-hosted JEP Showcase Day – and enjoying the profits at the end.

Supporting our teachers

Teachers are provided with a classroom kit which gives them everything they need to deliver the programme. Every chapter and the pupil’s workbook reinforces the primary school curriculum. There’s live online help and telephone support line for teachers as well as regular webinars. Teachers decide whether JEP is appropriate for their classes.

Real Business

Eleven and twelve year old children on JEP create REAL businesses and make real sales. They invest in their businesses and reap the profits – €198,000 in 2019.


Since 2010, over 80,000 children have created their own classroom businesses with JEP – all over the island of Ireland and more recently in London, England.


A JEP survey answered by more than 8000 students showed that 60% of girls and 53% of boys across the country would like to be an entrepreneur when older. You can see the full survey results here.
Megan Sheehan
Scoil An Spioraid Naoimh Cailiíní

Ben O’Brien
Castlemartyr National School

Sumi-Anna O’ Sé
Scoil An Spioraid Naoimh Cailíní

Julia Murphy
St.Brendan’s National School

Justin O’Neill
Burrow National School

Rosalin Gahan
Griffith Barracks School

Isobel McGuinness
Griffith Barracks School

Abbie O’Sullivan
Faha National School

Alice Fitzgibbon
Faha National School

Darragh Burke
Faha National School

Ali O’Donoghue
Scoil Bhride

Amy Healy
Scoil Bhride

Charlie Gannon
Killeshandra National School

Orlagh Callan
St. Brendan’s National School

Dara O’Brien
St. Patrick’s Primary School

Jayne Mangan
Burrow National School

Mia Deane
Irvinestown Primary School

Hannah Mc Gurk
St. Patrick’s National School

Zara Johnston
Irvinestown Primary School

Aoibhe Horan
Faha National School

Paul Costello
Fibough National School

Grace Hamilton
Spa National School

Sean Kelly
Lehinch National School

Deirbhile Gavaghan
Gaelscoil An Ibhir Mhoir

Caragh Mc Gee
St. Patricks Primary School

Elsie Bath
Burrow National School

Jasmine Giles
Irvinestown Primary School

Jack Nutley
Lehinch National School

Zoe English
An Spioraid Naoimh Cailíní

Bobby Walsh
Lehinch National School

Caoilinn Walsh
Lehinch National School

Kalel Nolan
Gaelscoil An Ibhir Mhoir