Milestones


Milestones 1987 – 2015

1987 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’.
1989 Powerhouse opens in the former Pigeon House Hotel. This was home to
25 businesses from 1989 to 1999.
1990 High Skills Pool – The Bolton Trust recognised the valuable resource that
the Irish graduates who had left Ireland and found success elsewhere
were. HSP helped many of these Graduates find jobs back in Ireland in the
late 1990’s.
1992 Bolton Trust Student Enterprise Competition – We have seen the
standard of this initiative rise each year. In 2006 one of the finalists went
on to win the Enterprise Ireland National Student Enterprise Competition.
1993 to 1998 National New Business Ideas Competition (in conjunction with the Gay
Byrne Radio Show) – Every year hundreds of New Business Ideas were
reviewed by Members of the Bolton Trust. The Bolton Trust hosted
Business Planning and Marketing Workshops for over 50 companies per
annum.
1995 to 2001 Small Enterprise Seed Fund Over twenty companies secured Seed
Funding from the BES Funds that continue to be managed by the Bolton
Trust.
1999 Bolton Trust acquires Docklands Innovation Park. The Park was only 50%
occupied when it was acquired. An extensive programme of renovations
and upgrading of facilities has led to full occupancy and a vibrant
environment for early stage companies. The Trust provides incubator
space to the 32 companies that complete the PDC Hothouse Programme
annually.
2003 Bolton Trust launches the Docklands Innovation Park Enterprise Awards
for companies based or incubating in the Park. This Award has a first prize
of €10,000. Previous winners are Allergy Standards Ltd, Sigmoid
Technologies Ltd, Glantreo Ltd, Ripple Solutions Ltd and Openplain Ltd.
2007 Bolton Trust Celebrates 20 Years of Promoting Enterprise.

Founding Members of the Bolton Trust celebrate the 25th Anniversary in 2007 with President Mary McAleese

Founding Members of the Bolton Trust celebrate the 20th Anniversary in 2007 with President Mary McAleese

2010 Bolton Trust works with DIT and Springboard to deliver a CPD Enterprise Development Programme.

Graduates of  CPD Diploma in Enterprise Development, Graduation Day, DIT, July 2011

Graduates of CPD Diploma in Enterprise Development, Graduation Day, DIT, July 2011

2011 Pat McCormack is appointed Chairman of the Bolton Trust. He takes over from Rea O’Neill who remains on the Board of Directors.
2013

Tony Staunton, Propertygate, Winner DIP Award 2014 is congratulated by Richard Bruton T.D. Minister for Jobs Enterprise & Innovation and Rónán Murphy, Senior Partner, PwC

Tony Staunton, Propertygate, Winner DIP Award 2014 is congratulated by Richard Bruton T.D. Minister for Jobs Enterprise & Innovation and Rónán Murphy, Senior Partner, PwC