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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