Bolton School Senior Boys

Pupils Share Inventions With Old Boy Entrepreneur

Boys’ Division pupils with an interest in technology and electronics had a great afternoon talking to Old Boy entrepreneur Rob Dobson.

Rob attended Bolton School from 1972 to 1985 before going on to read Electronic Engineering at the University of Southampton, where he achieved a 1st Class degree. He was the Founder and CEO of Actix from 1990 to 2005, at which point he became a non-executive director. In 2005, Rob won the London Times / Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award in the Technology and Communications category. He has also won several TechTrak, FastTrak and Fast50 awards for Actix. The company was an industry-leading supplier of wireless network management and optimization software for mobile phone networks until it was sold for $120 million in 2013.

Now an entrepreneur and investor with a keen interest in computer software, Rob is currently involved with multiple technology companies. He lives in Edinburgh with his family.

On his visit to the Boys’ Division, Rob spent the afternoon talking to the boys and Head of Technology Chris Walker. The pupils were able to discuss and demonstrate the inventions and projects they are currently working on either as part of coursework or in their free time.

Rob was able to give great guidance on getting ahead in the highly competitive technology sector, as well as advice on obtaining investment and getting prototypes made. The boys were really enthused and fired up by his talk.

Rob was really interested in hearing about the boys' projects

Rob was really interested in hearing about the boys' projects