About Us


Docklands Innovation, a Bolton Trust initiative, encourages and promotes new business enterprise in Ireland. We are an independent voluntary trust actively committed to assisting entrepreneurs to create sustainable business. We are located in Docklands Innovation Park a hub of innovation based in the Dublin Docklands.

The Bolton Trust was established in 1987 by staff of the Dublin Institute of Technology, and currently has over 150 members. This membership is largely drawn from the various disciplines of DIT, Ireland’s largest third-level technological Institute, and also from Ireland’s entrepreneurial community. The expertise of the Trust can be mobilised to help entrepreneurs to create new business enterprise. The twelve directors volunteer their time and are committed to our mission which is ‘breaking the barriers to enterprise growth’  We are currently recruiting for our Springboard+ Enterprise Programme – see Docklands Innovation Training for more information.

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Our People

John Lauder – Chairman John was elected Chairman of the Bolton Trust in March 2017. He is the fourth Chairman of the Trust taking over from Pat McCormack. As the Trust enters a new phase John will ovesee the strategy and activities of the Trust going forward. He is a self employed Structural Engineer. John was a Senior Lecturer in DIT School of Architecture, Bolton St. He has a keen interest in startups and the ecosystem in Ireland.
Cairin Cairín O’Connor – Development Director Cairín manages the enterprise and training activities for Docklands Innovation. She has relevant business experience which is valuable when advising entrepreneurs. Since 2010 she has managed four Enterprise Development Programmes for Jobseekers under the Springboard initiative. She works closely with DIT and Hothouse to coordinate a programme of activities.
Grainne O'Rourke cropped (3) Gráinne O’Rourke – Company Secretary
Gráinne is the Communications Manager with the Irish Cancer Society. She is an entrepreneur and has been involved with the Bolton Trust for some 20 years.