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Ireland creates a competition to ignite your imagination and reward your thinking

The Big IDEA

Irelands Call

Your Country, Your Call is a competition to ignite imaginations and inspire thinking.

The goal is to pick two truly transformational proposals so big that, when implemented, could secure prosperity and jobs for Ireland. Proposals that could help change the way we do things, allow businesses to grow, employment to be created and prosperity to flourish.

Your Country, Your Call gives you the chance to share your creativity to give life to new industry, revitalise or revolutionise an existing market, or even change the way we do business entirely. It’s not about creating new products. It’s about creating something that will make a long term positive impact on the future of Ireland, its people, and its economy.

Your Country, Your Call is all about Ireland. It’s about helping to create sustainable employment and prosperity, whilst at the same time generating hope, confidence, and positive thinking.

Get thinking, talking, and proposing!


There will be two competition winners and each will receive €100,000

Please note that the prize is for the winning proposers – this is similar to architectural competitions where the winning architect may or may not be involved in the subsequent construction.

A development fund of up to €500,000

is committed for the implementation of each of the winning proposals.


A maximum of 20 proposals will be considered at the semi final stage of the competition. Semi-finalists will be assigned a Coach for a 6-week period. During this period, Coaches will be available to work closely with each semi-finalist to help develop their proposal but not to materially influence its substance

At the end of the 6 weeks coaching period, each semi-finalist will be interviewed by our key decision makers.

Following the interviews, a maximum of 5 finalists will be invited to participate in a two-day event in Ireland that will conclude with awards being presented by the Patron of Your Country, Your Call, Mary McAleese, President of Ireland.


Although not shortlisted, you might have a proposal that should be considered by a development agency. If that is the case you will receive an email suggesting your next steps.


  • Competition opens 16.00 GMT  17-01-2010
  • Competition closes 23.59 GMT 30-04-2010
  • Latest date to select semi-finalists 30-6-2010
  • Latest date to complete interviews  1-09-2010
  • Final selection and awards 17-09-2010
The Big IDEA

Irelands Call

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