ENTER Programme 2016-2017

East Belfast Enterprise (EBE) successfully launched the start of its Erasmus+ funded ENTER programme at Parliament Buildings, Stormont at the end of 2015.

The programme is innovative and ambitious, as it aims to work with colleagues from Croatia, the Netherlands and the Republic of Ireland to investigate the role that enterprise and entrepreneurship can play in providing a platform for people from different cultures and traditions to engage and collaborate, thereby breaking down perceived or actual barriers.

The genesis of this concept is from the unique circumstances that face entrepreneurs in Northern Ireland and particularly those working and living in interface areas in Belfast. EBE is located on an interface in east Belfast and has experience of providing services and facilities that have enabled people from the different traditions on each side of this interface to engage and work for mutual benefit.

As the migrant crises in Europe escalates and communities of people from different faiths and cultural backgrounds start to meet and, in some cases clash, mechanisms by which those from different cultures and traditions can be brought together in a non-threatening and mutually beneficial environment will become more important. This is what the ENTER programme aims to examine and bring some guidance to, through our work with our European partners.

For more information or for further details on the ENTER programme, contact Jonathan McAlpin at jonathan@eastbelfast.org or on 028 9094 2010

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