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Cook Stove Design Competition

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July 31, 2013

The Center for Sustainable Global Enterprise at Cornell University’s Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management is accepting submissions for its “Cook Stove Design Competition.” Prizes range from $1000-$3000. This competition seeks out-of-the-box, innovative design ideas for cook stoves targeting low-income households in emerging markets.  Designers, engineers and innovators from around the world are invited to submit ideas that may shape the features and design of clean cook stoves based on kerosene or biofuels through either iterations of existing technology or entirely new designs.  This competition is sponsored by Toyotomi. 


In emerging countries, many low-income households do not have access to affordable means to make everyday activities convenient and sustainable. Cooking is no exception. Since electricity and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) are not yet available to many of these households, many families still rely on fuels such as kerosene, firewood, and dung. Despite the recent spread of locally available, cheap cook stoves, products are plagued by efficiency and performance issues which results in increased cooking costs, health-related issues and useless stoves.

In an attempt to advance progress in cook stoves, leading Japanese kerosene-stove manufacturer TOYOTOMI is seeking to promote innovations that result in cleaner, more reliable and affordable products.  Thus the Cook Stove Design Competition (CSDC) has been created to elicit human-centered, innovative and inspiring design ideas that can be brought to market in low-income, emerging market communities.

Deadline: Midnight, Eastern Daylight Time, July 31, 2013.

Eligibility: This competition is open to individuals and teams over the age of 18 at the time of submission. There are no professional or geographic restrictions however the contest is VOID in nations, states or provinces where prohibited or restricted by US or local law.  Contest is subject to applicable state, federal and local laws and regulations. This competition should be of particular interest to those engaged in product design, innovation, industrial engineering, engineering, social entrepreneurship, and international/sustainable development.

Submission Process: Submissions should be made online at Cornell’s Center for Sustainable Global Enterprise website ( or by mail (post marked no later than July 26, 2013) to:

Cook Stove Design Competition
Center for Sustainable Global Enterprise
Cornell University
253 Sage Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853

Inquiries: Please direct inquiries to with the subject line “Cook Stove Design Competition Inquiry.”