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An Annual celebration


Now in its second year, EntFest is a unique celebration of enterprise and entrepreneurship brought to you by the Peter Jones Foundation and hosted by the University of Buckingham.

This FREE one-day festival brings together students, emerging and established entrepreneurs, business leaders, investors and innovators to network, learn and champion enterprise in all of its forms. Our theme, #YouMakeTheFuture, asks attendees to explore the role that they play in shaping the future of work, how they can prepare for it and what they can do to make the changes that they want to see.

As well as the PJEA Graduation and the much anticipated Dragon’s Den style final of our National Entrepreneur of the Year competition, the festival boasts an exciting agenda with opportunities for students to meet and learn from some of the UK’s best known and emerging entrepreneurs and business leaders, alongside panel debates, competitions, future-tech activations and skills-based workshops including the dynamic Tycoonathon.

Set against a festival backdrop, which includes music, entertainment, a youth market and incredible food, the EntFest agenda builds up to the prize-giving and end of festival celebrations.

Find out about last year’s festival. 

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Schedule of Events

Discussions, Workshops
& Demos

This year’s agenda will take a future focus. The students attending the festival were raised in a economically divided and politically polarized time and as a generation, show a set of values and expectations unlike those of their Millennial predecessors. Throughout the day, sessions will focus of how students can find their purpose, plan for the future and harness the technological advancements that have shaped their early lives. The festival is for the future-makers, who are fast-shaping our world.


peter jones enterprise academy students prepare for their graduation

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learning together, students from across the country troubleshoot real world challenges

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we have made sure that students can meet, question and learn from some of uk’s best known entrepreneurs


preparing for registration, from primary to 6TH form, the agenda provides ample opportunity for students of all ages to get involved


our festival judges at the dragon’s den style National entrepreneur of the year final




The University of Buckingham


The University of Buckingham is the oldest of Britain’s independent universities, it has used its independence to pioneer a distinctive approach to higher education and we are delighted that they are hosting EntFest and championing disruptive thinking.

With its array of Georgian Buildings and tree-lined streets, the vibrant market town of Buckingham provides the perfect backdrop to the festival and helps to create a unique atmosphere that celebrates the lessons of the past, whilst looking forward to the future.

How to get to Buckingham

Not having a kind of event like this actually stalled me from getting to where I am today ... If only I had known that I could come to events like this and meet people who had been there before
— Iqbal Wahhab, Founder, The Cinnamon Club and Roast
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We are proud to host EntFest at the University of Buckingham and thank them for their generous support. Find out more.

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The Peter Jones Foundation was founded in 2005 by successful entrepreneur and star of Dragon’s Den, Peter Jones CBE. We believe that with the right mix of opportunity and support, every young person has the potential to achieve great things and the right to a brighter future. Find out more about our work.

Registered charity number: 1110288, Company Ltd by Guarantee: 05321690