The ENTER festival is the UK’s first festival to shine a spotlight on the growing number of young people in Britain who are choosing more entrepreneurial paths for themselves rather than taking on more conventional employment.

Nottingham is one of the UK’s most entrepreneurial cities and the ENTER Festival will be jam-packed. ENTER 2015 begins on Friday 1st May and will see lots of inspiring activities, support and events taking place throughout May and June for and with the city’s enterprising young people.

From making and doing, to setting up businesses and performing, the festival will be full of vibrant, dynamic, challenging and unforgettable experiences and opportunities for young people.

Nottingham is a city that values, encourages, supports and promotes enterprising behaviour in young people and throughout the festival many of the city’s organisation’s and youth networks will be working together to bring you a programme of events that will really inspire the next generation of creators and thinkers. It is organised by The Creative Quarter, Nottingham’s flagship project for innovation, entrepreneurship and economic growth.

Mich Stevenson OBE, Chairman of the Creative Quarter Board, said: “I have championed Nottingham’s young people and entrepreneurs for many years and the ENTER series of events will provide a great platform for our energetic and talented young people to show exactly what they can do and achieve when they’re given the right opportunities.

“I look forward to meeting the many young people taking part in the festival and I would highly encourage any young person interested in business or any other entrepreneurial activities to come along to the events.”

Craig Chettle, Founder and Managing Director of Confetti Media Group and Vice-Chair of the Creative Quarter Board, commented:

“At Confetti we give young people the training and qualifications required to be successful in the creative industries. It’s great to see so many of our city’s talented young entrepreneurs taking part in ENTER and demonstrating what can be achieved through hard work and dedication.”

Allison Reaney, Youth Project Manager for Full Effects, one of the companies taking part in ENTER, and she adds:

“Full Effects are delighted to be taking part in the ENTER Festival of events and we hope it will help to put Nottingham on the map as a hub of activity and support for young people, a place for the next generation to grow and shine. ENTER gives our work in St Anns a platform in the city which is incredibly important for the young people involved.”

Launch night Friday 1st May at Cobden Chambers (Pelham Street) at 4 – 6pm