2009 Bolton Trust Student Enterprise Competition Winners

Entrepreneurial Spirit Rising High at DIT

The winners of the 2009 Bolton Trust Student Enterprise Competition Final are Mark Jennings and Anne-Marie Fitzgerald, fourth year Culinary Arts students with their business plan Corkers Wine Parties. The Cork duo gave a confident presentation of their concept of ‘bringing a professional wine-tasting service into the home’ and they scooped the top prize of €5,000. 

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The winners of the 2009 Bolton Trust Student Enterprise Competition Final
are Mark Jennings and Anne-Marie Fitzgerald, fourth year Culinary Arts
students with their business plan Corkers Wine Parties.

The Bolton Trust Student Enterprise Competition is in its 16th year and is the largest third level competition of its kind in the country with a total prize fund of €13,000. This year over forty business proposals were submitted from across different programmes including Retail & Service Management, Culinary Arts and International Business and Languages.  

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l-r: Sponsors Ulster Bank Lynda Hughes, 
Mr Bernard Smith, Lecturer in Entrepreneurial Studies in the School of Culinary Arts,
Tom Flanagan Head of Commercialisation,
Cairin O’Connor Development Director at The Bolton Trust,
Mr Sean McCarthy Chief Financial Officer Steorn,
Mr Brendan O’Reilly Business Consultant and Pat McCormack

Enterprise Student Competition Coordinator with the Winners of the 2009 Bolton Trust Student Enterprise Competition 2009

The judging panel consisted of Mr Brendan O’Reilly Business Consultant, Ms. Cairin O’Connor Development Director at The Bolton Trust, Mr Sean McCarthy Chief Financial Officer Steorn and Mr Tom Flanagan (Chairman of Panel) Head of Commercialisation at DIT.  The MC on the evening was Richard Heywood-Jones Lecturer in Economics at DIT and Director of the Bolton Trust.

Tom Flanagan Head of Commercialisation and Chair of the judging panel commented ‘the standard of plans and presentations this year is a credit to both the students and lecturers. The confidence and entrepreneurial spirit of our students is great and we encourage them to take their ideas to the next stage and start-up businesses’.  

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In second place Barcard

In second place was the business plan of Barcard from Retail & Service Management students who presented a technology enabled barcode product for   a sport shirt/jersey that recorded data about the player. The innovation and knowledge of presenters Simon Close and Sean O’Hannrachain on their business plan and the sports industry was demonstrated throughout a tough question and answers round and won them runner up prise of €2,000.  

In joint third place were Petite Boutique and The Beauty Box who received €1,000 each. Strong business plans and presentations by both teams made for a well deserved joint place. Petite Boutique plan was a dog-grooming venture and Beauty Box concept a luxury beauty branded box.

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Joint third place The Beauty Box

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Joint third place were Petite Boutique

Lynda Hughes of Ulster Bank presented a cheque for €500 to Castle Cube Ltd for Best set of Accounts.

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l-r: Best set of Accounts Castle Cube Ltd
with Lynda Hughes of Ulster Bank (middle)
and Richard Heywood-Jones Lecturer in Economics at DIT
and Director of the Bolton Trust. 

Ruth Kearney Marketing Officer of Hothouse presented a cheque for €500 to Crop Shop for Best Primary Market Research.

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l-r: Ruth Kearney Marketing Officer Hothouse, Crop Shop and
Richard Heywood-Jones Lecturer in Economics at DIT and Director of the Bolton Trust.

A cheque of €500 was also presented to a joint fourth position included;

Castle Cube Ltd and Retail Details.ie both from International Business and Languages Degree programme. Crop Shop from Retail and Services Management Degree programme. Healthy Life Styles from Culinary Arts Degree programme

The competition has gone from strength to strength and provides a wonderful forum for students to get their business idea out there. Napoleon Hill a well known American author said it well when he said ‘All achievements, all earned riches, have their beginning in an idea’.

Bolton Trust

The Bolton Trust Ltd was  established by  academic staff in DIT to assist in 'developing a synergic and supportive environment in which young entrepreneurs cluster together'. For more information visit http://www.dit.ie/hothouse

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