Once you have your existing enterprise competition or module ready that engineering undergraduates, graduates, alumni and researchers can take part in, you can apply for EIBF prize funding. Ideally, the competition will have the ability to increase the number of participants as a result of the Engineers in Business competition prize fund.

Your competition does not need to be tailored towards engineers or adapted in any way to meet EIBF criteria.

Measure success

Prizes are normally awarded to first, second and third place winners (team or individual) so your competition should be able to rank and identify the winners as part of its standard assessment process.

It is also important that the number of participating engineers can be measured and compared to earlier years.

If your competition structure does not do the following, please contact the EIBF Office to discuss.

Promote the Prize Fund

Once awarded the fund you will need to promote the Engineers in Business prize as part of your enterprise competition/module to undergraduates, graduates, researchers and alumni.

EIBF will provide support for promotion in lecture notes, e-newsletters, posters, intranets and websites and social media.

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Making An Impact

Toby Green, Laura Silaja and Oliver Dolan from the University of York and SMF Philippa Dickenson, coach at the Engineers in Business Champion of Champions Grand Final in October 2019

The Engineers in Business competition prize fund was launched in 2014 and during that time has awarded more than £200,000 to universities throughout the UK.

The funding enables universities to encourage more engineering undergraduates, graduates and postgraduates to participate in business ideas competitions and reward those who create the most imaginative solutions to real problems in society.

EIBF is now working with 36 universities which have been awarded prize funds, in some cases every year since the scheme was launched.  

EIBF is continually expanding the number of universities it works with and the increasing number that are integrating Engineers in Business prizes into their competitions shows the value they place on enterprise education.  Key to the success of the prize fund is EIBF’s philosophy of supporting the universities’ own competitions/modules.


If you have a question about the Champion of Champions competition or any aspect of the EIBC please visit our FAQs page or contact us.


If in the last 12 months your university competitions have received EIBF support you are eligible to enter the Champion of Champions final.