About

Now in its second year, EntFest is a unique and vibrant festival, championing entrepreneurship.

Presented 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 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.


 

Who is EntFest for?

 

Peter Jones Enterprise Academies (PJEAs)

EntFest incorporates the graduation for PJEA students and the live Dragon’s Den style final of the Peter Jones Foundation’s National Entrepreneur of the Year. It is also an event for graduates to meet PJEA Alumni, innovators and business leaders and learn more about the factors shaping the world of work. Whatever path the PJEA students are looking to following, EntFest creates unique opportunities for them to safeguard their future success.

Find out more about the PJEAs

Enterprising Schools and Colleges

EntFest is a free festival with a broad agenda of learning opportunities for students of all ages. Students will have the opportunity to meet entrepreneurs and business leaders in face to face networking sessions, attend live pitching events, visit interactive displays and much much more. For those with their own student businesses, like our Tycoon teams, there is the opportunity to trade.

Find out more about Tycoon

 

Enterprising Education Organisations

EntFest aims to bring together innovative organisations working in the enterprise education space. Whether you are an organisation that supports young people with developing skills for greater employability and entrepreneurship or one that helps to give young people the tools, opportunities and inspiration to achieve their ambitions, the festival will provide plenty of opportunities to engage with learners of all ages.

Enterprising Business Leaders and Investors

EntFest is a unique opportunity for business leaders, founders and investors to network and inspire the next generation of intrapreneurs and entrepreneurs that will drive the UK’s future prosperity. There will be live pitching events, panel debates and a series of Ted-style talks, led by emerging and established entrepreneurs. The unique culture of the festival fosters an interchange of ideas between students, business leaders and investors and, in dynamic workshops, we bring together the ideas and experiences of all our guests to address the biggest challenges facing our futures.