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Next Big Change

The Next Big Change (NBC) is a competition run by MTU’s Hincks Centre for Entrepreneurship Excellence and the School of Business in association with MTU’s Innovation & Enterprise Month.

The NBC is to inspire students to think about the next big idea which aims to improve individual’s lives, communities, the environment, our region and/ or the world! This idea could, for example, be a new or significantly improved:

  • Technology
  • Product
  • Service
  • Market

And should address at least one of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).



Applicants simply need to fill out the form below, describing their idea and who it will benefit. Enter as many ideas as you like (one idea per application).

Finalists will be chosen from all entries. Finalists will also have the opportunity to design a poster representing their NBC idea, which will be showcased at MTU’s Innovation & Enterprise Month event in March.

The competition is open to all students from MTU and QQI students from the College Progression Scheme. The competition is open to individuals or teams to a maximum of four. 




Best Idea - €300 and two runner-up prizes of €150 each
Greatest Impact - €200 and two runner- up prizes of €100 each


This is a competition and, by entering the competition, applicants are making their idea public but maintain the IP rights associated with that idea. However, if an idea is a result of a funded research project (state or private company) the IP may be owned by a 3rd Party.


Any questions please contact and include NBC in the subject line. 

Websites which may be of interest: and


Please read the Data Protection Notification which is available by clicking here. Your details will only be used for the purposes of the NBC Competition.


Closing date for application 20 March 2023


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  • Personal information
  • Information about your idea
    • 1400 characters left
    • The focus of your text here is on the social impact of your idea and not the commercial impact, although considering how you could generate funds, whether they be from earned income or fundraising activities, grants or donations in order to allow your idea to take flight would be important.
      700 characters left
    • Enter the SDG number(s). See the link above to the UN SDG website.

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