The Junior Entrepreneur Programme (JEP) is a unique programme which has an alumni of 26,500 children who have created entrepreneurial businesses in their classrooms in Ireland.
Every child proposes an idea and during the 12-16 week programme one is selected as the class business. Each child invests a small amount of capital in the business and receives their share of the profits. It’s not just a business plan, but a real business conceived from scratch with real products and services and real customers who pay for what is produced. It all comes together at the Junior Entrepreneur School Showcase Day.

Eleven and twelve year old children on JEP create REAL businesses and make real sales. They invest in their businesses and reap the profits.


Since 2010, over 26,000 children have created their own classroom businesses with JEP – all over the island of Ireland and more recently in London, England.


A JEP 2015 survey indicated that teachers saw improved confidence, team building, communications and independence in children who participated.

Baskets in Ballyconnell

Clara Kiernan, of Greaghrahan National School, Co. Cavan talks about her their classroom business, Hanging Baskets

The Bayside Boothers

Sean Hughes,  of Bayside National School, Verbena Ave, Dublin 13,  talks about their photographic business, Bayside Photo Booth

Macroom’s GAA Player Cards

Rian Coughlan of St. Colman’s Boys National School, Macroom, Co. Cork explains their business –  GAA player collector cards.

Flashbooks in Carlow

Eva McCutcheon of  Killeshin National School, Carlow talks about their business which produced Informarks and Flashbooks.

Cleaning up in Clane

Emma Halpin of Hewetson School in Clane, Co. Kildare talks about their project, Suds & Snacks.

Booterstown Blackboards

Grace McFadyen of  St. Andrews College Junior School, Booterstown, Dublin talks about their business, Go Chalk.

Bellurgan Bonker Balls

Ben McGorrian of  Kilkerley Mixed National School, Dundalk,  tells the story of  ‘Bonker Balls’

Tea & Scones in Bellaghy

Charlotte Dowie of Bellaghy Controlled Primary School, Magaherafelt, talks about their business – a  Victorian tea room