BoltonTrust Student Enterprise Competition Final

EUR 12,000 in Prizes.

 The Judges

The Dublin Institute of Technology and the Bolton Trust have been running a 'Business Plan' Student Enterprise competition for the last eleven years. It has been quite successful among business students but didn't attract non-business students. This year, to 'up the ante' the first prize has been raised up to an enormous €5,000.00 (five thousand Euro) and to add a bit of spice and encourage cross discipline team-work a Speed-Dating session was held in Aungier St. College at the end of October.

Eight small teams of predominantly male (there are three females in the class) 3rd Year Manufacturing Engineering Degree students from Bolton St College crossed the chasm of the Liffey in search of partners for their business ideas. In a short space of a couple of hours the teams had to match up business/marketing students. "It was a bit chaotic! We only had 5 minutes to get to know each group and there were more business groups than us. In the end it worked out well." says Manufacturing Engineering student Andrew Cunningham who is part of a Marketing and Engineering Team which is though to the finals with a guaranteed prize of one thousand Euro. Andrew is part of the Guardian Angel team who have developed and are going to market a Combined Smoke, Natural Gas and Carbon-Monoxide Detector for the Irish and Global household market.

The other teams into the final are:

  • 'Tea-li-cious'
  • 'Multimedia Production'
  • 'News on the Run'

The final is being held in Room4-068 in DIT Aungier Street College from 6-8pm on Thursday 10th March. All are welcome.

"We are trying to get the students to develop an entrepreneurial spirit while at the same time learn the importance of teamwork across many disciplines. The Engineering students get to appreciate the Business and Marketing at first hand while the Business and Marketing students are learning the difficulties and complexities of product design and manufacturing systems" say Robert Simpson Head of Manufacturing Engineering DIT and Dr. Tom Cooney, Lecturer in the Business Faculty in DIT and chairman of INTRE (Ireland's Network of Teachers and Researchers in Entrepreneurship). 

I am absolutely delighted with the response we got this year. The quality and the number of interdisciplinary business plans is definitely as a result of the 'speed dating' responded Dr. Pat McCormack, Chairman of the Bolton Trust Enterprise Competition.

The Bolton Trust encourages and promotes new business enterprise in Ireland. It is an independent voluntary trust actively committed to assisting people create sustainable business. Established in 1986 by staff of the Dublin Institute of Technology, the trust currently has over 200 members.

The Bolton Trust's centre-piece is the Docklands Innovation Park in Dublin. It also manages the Small Enterprise Seed Fund.

 If you would like some more details about the venue please contact

Dr. Tom Cooney, Faculty of Business, Aungier St. tel 01 402 7075. and

Here's a few pictures from one of the four semifinals:

Semi Final Winners Guardian Angel


 Semi-finalists: FloraStyle

Runners Up The Full Irish

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