Welcome to the Fiver Challenge, Young Enterprise’s FREE nationwide challenge for 5 - 11 year olds                                                                                                                        

If you are a primary school in England and Wales the Challenge runs from Monday 4th June to Friday 29th June 2018                                                                                                          In Scotland and Northern Ireland the Challenge runs from Monday 14th May to Friday 8th June 2018                                                                                                                                                                                

The Fiver Challenge provides a highly interactive, fun way of introducing financial numeracy, resilience and teamwork in learning for primary school pupils. Pupils have 1 month to set up a mini business and create a product or service they can then sell or deliver at a profit plus an opportunity to engage with their local community.

Download Fiver Leaflet 2017 here  2018 leaflet coming soon!

What are the key dates for Fiver?

  • 19 March 2018
    Registration opens
  • May - beg of June 2018
    Funds transferred
  • 4 June - 29 June 2018 or 14th May - 8th June for Scotland or Northern Ireland
    Fiver Challenge takes place
  • 8, 15, 22 & 29 June 2018
    Weekly Competitions
  • 6 July 2018
    National Competition entry deadline
  • 13 July 2018
    Winners invited to awards
  • September 2018
    Awards Ceremony

We have designed the programme to support primary teachers in leading and facilitating this challenge and have ready to deliver, practical opportunities to introduce pupils to key employability skills from business planning to marketing and selling!


Step 1 - Here's a fiver!

Each business is pledged £5 from the Fiver Bank. There is a maximum payment of £250 per school/organisation. Please be aware funds are limited and will be allocated on                           a ‘first come, first served’ basis.


Step 2 - Get it going     

They use this start-up capital to get their enterprise off the ground, working in a group or as individuals.


Step 3 - Keep it going 

They have the whole month to make as much profit as they can from their fiver whilst also aiming to engage with the local community.

You’ll have access to online resources which explain the challenge and how you can run it with your pupils, including activities for curriculum support, case studies and more.

Pupils have a downloadable workbook to help them keep track of their progress, as well as a logbook which they can use to enter the national competition.


Step 4 - Payback...for the future

At the end of the month, each team works out their finances and repays their pledge.  This means that the £5 pledge is repaid + a suggested 50p legacy donation to the Fiver Bank so more young people can participate next year in the Challenge.


Step 5 - Keep the profit

The participants are in full control of the profits they have earned and should decide themselves what they would like to spend them on - for example, donate their money to a charity or local cause of their choice, activities for school or the classroom, or a school trip or day out.


Why should we sign up?

Fiver is a great way to help your students develop key skills such as team work, problem solving and creativity. You can find out more about the benefits of Fiver on the Why sign up page.

Fiver Challenge National Competition

The Fiver Challenge is not only about creating a business but it is also about making a positive difference to young people, in schools and local communities. What better way to showcase this than with a competition?

Throughout June 2018 there will be weekly competitions to keep pupils engaged and motivated. These are simple to enter and aim to showcase all the hard work that teams are doing.

The weekly competitions are linked to different stages of the business set-up and only require an upload of image or video clip.

08 June – Design your logo
15 June – Investment pitch to our dragons
22 June – Advertising your business
29 June – Pop-Up Shop 

For this reason, it is essential we are given permission to use images of students on our website or participants will not be able to enter the competitions.

The national competition will be based on the completed student logbooks. Whilst we hope that all participants will have the opportunity to enter the competition, only 3 logbooks per school can be entered for the national final. Teachers are asked to shortlist from all their teams and submit the best 3 log books for national entry. 

Judges will look at the student logbooks plus supporting photos/evidence and choose the winners according to criteria; including levels of enterprise and teamwork demonstrated and community engagement.

There will be an Awards Ceremony in September 2018 for all winning participants and teachers. Winners will be notified in July 2018 so that travel and permissions can be arranged.

There are two age categories for the competition:

  • 5–8 years
  • 9-11 years

With 6 awards:

  • Most inspiring individual 9-11 years
  • Best overall group 5-8 years
  • Best overall group 9-11 years
  • Most profitable business idea 5-8 years
  • Most profitable business idea 9-11 years
  • Best community engagement 9-11 years


 What happens now?

  1. Organisations register on this site to participate in the Challenge
  2. ‘Welcome’ email sent to registered organisation
  3. Organisation returns payment form
  4. ‘Important details’ email sent to organisation to confirm registration and login details for unique web account
  5. Organisations login to their unique web account, register their teams and access the resources
  6. Young Enterprise will issue the funds to the organisation from the Fiver Bank prior to the challenge commencing (subject to availablity)
  7. An email notification will be sent to the organisation to confirm payment has been made


History of Fiver
The nationwide challenge for 5-11 year olds was launched in 2014 by Young Enterprise.  

In June 2016 we ran our third Challenge with almost 50,000 young people taking part.98% of teachers reported that Numeracy and Financial Education were the main contributors to pupils’ learning. 95% of teachers believe that all young people in the teams they supported developed at least one of the key skills tested, with Money Management, Teamwork and Communication reported as being the most developed.  100% of teachers indicated that their pupils enjoyed taking part and 94% of teachers said that Fiver was a good way to introduce enterprise education to their pupils! To find out more about the impact of the Fiver Challenge please see our Report for 2016. 

Young Enterprise is the UK’s leading charity that empowers young people to harness their personal and business skills. We work directly with young people, their teachers and parents, businesses and influencers to build a successful and sustainable future for all young people and society at large