Nottingham organisations are collaborating in a series of events to celebrate and encourage the next generation of local young entrepreneurs.
“ENTER: Exploring the Start-Up Space” is a programme of inspiring events taking place in Nottingham throughout May and June. Each event in the ENTER series highlights and encourages young people’s involvement in entrepreneurial activities.
Thanks to the work of various local organisations, there are many events taking place that directly involves young people as entrepreneurs. ENTER events will take place across creative industries, new technologies, sciences and many other fields.
Nottingham businesses are eager to support young people and enlist their help as the next generation of creative minds full of fresh ideas. The Creative Quarter Company highly regards the work of young creatives and innovators, and is working hard to support ENTER. The Creative Quarter currently has over 50 apprentices and is continuing to grow with support from Confetti Institute of Creative Technologies, with courses ranging from games design to videography.
Kathy McArdle, Chief Operations Officer of The Creative Quarter Company, said “The Creative Quarter Company and our partners are keen to promote and celebrate this activity and encourage people of all ages to attend these events, it acts as a platform to showcase the talent of the next generation, and it’s not to be missed.”
From dance workshops, to pop up stores to entrepreneurial boot camps, there is a lot to get involved with. Here is a small selection of events included in the ENTER series:
• Tech Nottingham – 12 May & 2 June, Antenna
An entirely free monthly meetup for people working (or looking to work) in software around Nottingham. Tech Nottingham’s aim is to build a local community of technical people in and around Nottingham working to share ideas, get better at what they do and improve Nottingham as a place to work in the tech industry.
Featuring special guest speakers Gemma Cameron (May) and Caolan McMahon (June).
Gemma Cameron is the founder of Geekup Nottingham and HackManchester. She is also a developer at Allegro Networks.
Caolan McMahon is a software developer based in Sheffield, UK. Specialising in decentralised and offline-enabled systems.
• Projector Creative Weekender – 17 & 18 May 2014, Broadway
Kickstart your business! Thinking of taking the first steps into self-employment, or starting your own creative or digital business? Join Projector to meet likeminded creatives, and explore ideas together on how to take your next steps and balance your creative practice with essential business skills.
Projector, Broadway’s business development programme is aimed at people looking to start or grow a creative or digital business in Nottingham.
• 3-2-1-Ignition* Pop-Up Shop 27 May – 3 Jun 2014, Broadmarsh Shopping Centre
The festival version of Ignite futures 3-2-1-Ignition* pop up shop will be taking over the space on Listergate Square, Broadmarsh Shopping Centre – this will be the space to let your curiosity run free, they will have jars of curiosity, science experiments, the opportunity to help build a live build marble run and drop in workshops that you can participate in all for free.
This version of 3-2-1-Ignition* has been funded by a Kickstarter campaign.
• Babes In The Wood Showcase – 24 May 2014, Cobden Chambers
Babes In The Wood, hybrid music and fashion label, showcase at their first Nottingham event. Join them for an afternoon of eclectic electronic music, bespoke street wear, food, drink and oddities.
• The Hive – Freelance Boot-Camp 16 June, times tbc
Part of The Hive 2014 Enterprise Week.
The Freelance Boot-Camp is open to all Nottingham Trent University students, and in particular third year and onwards, wishing to set up as a freelancer. This will be of particular relevance to students from the School of Art & Design.
The Boot-camp will explore many aspects of setting up as a freelancer such as the legal requirements including HMRC (tax and National Insurance), insurance and banking, marketing and branding yourself, pricing your services and creating your own website, using social media and networking to find work. At the end of the day you should be ready to start freelancing or turn your freelancing ambitions into a viable business.
The programme will also include end of year exhibitions from students at Nottingham Trent University and Confetti.
+ many more events coming soon.