£20,000 Prize for Innovative Engineering

Should Engineers aim to tackle poverty – Of course! 

The Worshipful Company of Engineers in partnership with UK-based charity Tech4All, are offering an award for the most creative engineering-based solutions to the alleviation of poverty. Set up by Churchill Engineering Alumnus Stephen Kukula. 

This is a New £20,000 Prize for Innovative Engineering applied to the Alleviation of Poverty.

The award is intended to encourage engineers to use their skills and expertise to create solutions to alleviate the causes or consequences of poverty. The judges may award runners up substantial discretionary prizes.


Can address poverty across a broad range of areas including, but not limited to, health, social exclusion, education, banking or location. 

Applicants must clearly identify the evidence-based challenge to be overcome, how the innovation will benefit the under-privileged and how that benefit can be or has been measured. Projects must be supported by a simple high-level business plan identifying essential immediate cash-requirements, and a self-sustaining future operating model.

For more information and entry, see these links:

Full terms and conditions (PDF)

News article on last years’ competition

Entry timeline

  • 1 March 2023: Closing Date for entries: submission of report
  • 14 April 2023: The Judging panel will review entries and announce a shortlist of four to six entries.
  • Before 5 June 2023: Shortlisted teams allocated mentor
  • June 2023 presentations and judging, central London. 
  • 11 July 2023: The award winners will be invited to attend the Worshipful Company of Engineers’ Awards Ceremony and dinner in Plaisterers’ Hall, London.