Bringing the Mediterranean to Wexford Street at the Student Enterprise Competition Grand Finale

The 2008 DIT Bolton Trust, Steorn Student Enterprise Competition Grand Final was held Wednesday 12 March 2008 in DIT, Aungier Street. Now in its 15th year running the competition provides a platform for students to present business plans with real investment potential and the opportunity to win a cash prizes. The competition is proudly, the largest third level competition in the country with a total prize fund of €13,500 and the top prize of €5000 up for grabs. Students from various DIT faculties including Tourism & Food, Business and Engineering came head to head presenting a variety of plans. 


Winners of the 2008 Bolton Trust Student Enterprise Competition, Pasta & Basta Lisa Doberenez, Katrin Bester and Ester de Leeuwe forefront.

R-L Richard Heywood-Jones Lecturer in Economics at DIT and Director of the Bolton Trust, Kate McBride Manager Ulster Bank North City Business Centre,Tom Flanagan Head of Commercialisation at DIT, Brendan O?Reilly Business Consultant, Rea O?Neill Chairman of Bolton Trust, Roger Hatfield representing Steorn and Bolton Trust.

Winner 2008 Bolton Trust winners as Pasta & Basta, a pasta fast-food outlet conceived by International Business students from Aungier Street. Not only did Pasta & Basta win the overall competition with first prize of €5000 but they also scooped a further €500 for ?Best set of Accounts? sponsored by Ulster Bank.


Cullinart Snackfoods in 2nd place and winners of ?Best Food Enterprise?


Bernard Smith DIT Lecturer with Menumaster in 3rd place


4th Title: Duo Roll 4th place


Kate McBride of Ulster Bank presents a cheque for €500
to Pasta Basta for ?Best set of Accounts?

Looking to the future

The competition was setup by Bolton Trust and is going from strength with the aim of fostering entrepreneurship and lifelong learning.  Richard Heywood-Jones, Director of Bolton Trust added that ?students are the real Engines of Growth within our economy and tonight?s presentations reinforce this?.

Bolton Trust Ltd is set up by a group of academic staff of the DIT to assist in 'developing a synergic and supportive environment in which young entrepreneurs cluster together'. For more information visit

Contact details

Pat McCormack
Enterprise Student Competition Coordinator
Phone: 01 402 3700 

Ruth Kearney
Marketing Officer
Phone: 01 402 7144

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