Teach A Man To Fish – School Enterprise Challenge 2018

Teach A Man To Fish – School Enterprise Challenge 2018

Deadline: May 16, 2018

The School Enterprise Challenge 2018 is now open. This is an international business programme for schools run by the educational charity Teach A Man To Fish that empowers students to develop essential 21st century skills in a fun and interactive way. Schools have the chance to get recognized at an international level and win prizes along the way for their outstanding work and impact.

It guides and supports teachers and students to plan and set up real, sustainable school businesses. Students get the chance to gain hands-on experience of running a real business and generate real profits to help support their school or a social cause of their choice.

Schools have set up an amazing variety of businesses. In 2017, more than 6000 schools from over 100 countries registered to take part and the businesses students set up ranged from fly fishing in Belize, to an inter-schools newspaper in India and a car wash in South Africa.

How it works

The School Enterprise Challenge runs all year around. There are three certificate levels for schools to take part in: BRONZE, SILVER and GOLD. Learn how to make the grade for each level and see how any school can participate:

  1. Bronze: Schools who…
    • are new to the School Enterprise Challenge
    • have never run a school business before
    • want to learn how to produce a basic business plan and annual report
  2. Silver: Schools who…
    • have run a school business before (for at least 3 months)
    • are interested in growing their business OR starting a different business
    • are ready to complete a detailed business plan and annual report
    • have met all the Bronze achievement criteria
  3. Gold: Schools who…
    • have run a profitable school business before (for at least 1 year)
    • are ready to grow their business, involve more students and integrate it into more subjects at their school
    • are ready to complete an advanced business plan and annual report
    • have met all the Silver achievement criteria


The School Enterprise Challenge Awards Programme is FREE to join and offers a wide range of learning and award opportunities for both students and teachers. Here are just some of the benefits of taking part:

Learning and Earning

  • Teach 21st century skills in a fun and innovative way – take learning out of the classroom and into the real world
  • Experience planning and running a REAL business
  • Raise extra income for your school
  • Become part of a global community of enterprising schools

Recognition and Prizes

  • Work towards a Bronze, Silver or Gold level certificate
  • Win a place at our regional conference and up to $5,000 for your school
  • Win the Inspirational Teacher Prize of $1,000
  • Enterprising students can win cameras and laptops


  • The School Enterprise Challenge is open to all schools, including: pre-primary schools, primary schools, secondary schools and technical/vocational colleges.
  • Universities are not eligible to take part in the School Enterprise Challenge.


  • Register
  • Come up with a business idea
  • Develop a business plan
  • Launch and run your school business
  • Write an annual report
  • Earn your certificate and progress to the next level

Before you get started, please check our Frequently Asked Questions and take note of the following:

  • This form should be completed by the Lead Teacher who will be responsible for coordinating the School Enterprise Challenge in your school.
  • If you would like two (or more) teams from your school to take part, you must complete this registration form once for each team, using a different email address for the Lead Teacher each time.
  • It will take you 5-10 minutes to complete and you won’t be able to save your progress and return to complete it later, so make sure you have all of the following information ready before you begin:

As registration is open all-year-round, schools can submit any step (Business Idea, Business Plan or Annual Report) at any of the following dates:

  • Wednesday 16th May 2018
  • Wednesday 15th August 2018
  • Wednesday 28th November 2018

Register now and be part of this network of enterprising schools across the world!

For more information, visit School Enterprise Challenge.