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MEW Student Enterprise Challenge 2019


The MEW Student Enterprise Challenge is an annual competition currently open to students of all secondary schools in Meath where students compete for the awards of –

  • Best Startup Business
  • Best New Business Idea

The purpose of the competition is to encourage and reward entrepreneurial creativity, innovation and participation amongst the youth of Meath while also providing a platform for aspiring young entrepreneurs to engage with and learn from leading entrepreneurs and businesses from across the region.

The MEW Student Enterprise Challenge, which is now in its Sixth year, has been an important starting point for many student start-ups in Meath and is an excellent opportunity for students to meet potential business advisors, mentors and investors.


Categories / Prizes

The winning students / businesses will receive;

  • Best Startup Business                                 Best New Business Idea
    •  1st – €600                                                      1st – €400
    • 2nd – €300                                                     2nd – €200
    • 3rd – €150                                                      3rd – €100
  • Best 10 Minute Pitch                    
    •  €250    

The winning schools will also receive the following;

  • Best Startup Business Winner                  Best New Business Idea Winner
    •  €600                                                                €400
  • Best 10 Minute Pitch                    
    •  €250

Entry Requirements

  • The MEW Student Enterprise Challenge is open to all students attending secondary school in Meath.
  • Applicants can be teams or individuals (5 max per team).
  • Competitors must deliver a 3 to 5 minute business presentation or pitch to a panel of judges.
  • Applications for #SEChallenge will open on 30th September 2019.  Schools should submit all entries by emailing the following information to
    • The total number of entries / teams per school,
    • The name(s) of each entry or team,
    • The name(s) of the student(s) in each team,
    • A brief synopsis of each idea or business (max 100 words)
  • The deadline for entries is Friday 25th October 2019.


All students will present to the 4 judges during the heats which will take place on Tuesday 12th November, the week before #MEW2019 in Kells Tech Hub, Kells Enterprise and Technology Centre.  Students will be asked questions at the end of their presentations in order to help the judges assess the ideas and make decisions about who will reach the Final.

Decisions will be based solely on the information supplied as part of the pitch. No additional information will be considered before or after the pitch.

The decision of the judges is final.


Winners will be announced and presented with their awards at the end of the MEW Student Enterprise Challenge Grand Final which will take place in the Kells Tech Hub during Meath Enterprise Week #MEW2019 on Tuesday 19th NOVEMBER.

The heats and the final will be videoed and photographed by Meath Enterprise therefore all participating students are required to have full consent for same and may be required to participate in video interviews and photoshoots as part of the competition. All photos / videos etc will be shared on our websites and social media platforms as well as being used for press releases and promotional purposes.

Winners of the 2018 MEW Student Enterprise Challenge

Proudly Supported By – 
Meath Enterprise Week - sponsored by Prepaid Financial Services PFS