Disabled entrepreneurs

Are you a budding entrepreneur with a clever business product or service? Have you already started a business or social enterprise, but need a little extra boost to move to the next level? Then the Stelios Awards wants to hear from you!

Stelios Award 2020 update

We have postponed the 2020 Stelios Awards for Disabled Entrepreneurs due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

In conjunction with the Stelios Philanthropic foundation, we took the decision to postpone this years’ awards, which help disabled people launch outstanding business ideas, due to the potential risk to applicants.

But we will be back in 2021 and we look forward to receiving your applications! In the meantime, please do keep in contact with us, via our Facebook community, or email us at SteliosAwards@leonardcheshire.org.

Our bespoke advice phone line will be back in operation in 2021. Stay safe and well.

In lieu of the Awards, Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou has made a £150,000 donation to Leonard Cheshire’s frontline carers, to help fight the pandemic.

What are the prizes?

Prize money totalling £100,000 will be available this year. The top prize will be £30,000, and a further four prizes of £10,000 will be allocated to four finalists. Four prizes of £5,000 will also be available.

The overall winner will be announced at a ceremony in London in October 2019.

The Judges' prize

All applications will be considered this year for the newly announced The Judges' Prize. This is a discretionary prize with the maximum of £10,000 chosen by independent judges. It will recognise start-up or running businesses that show exceptional promise, but do not fit the standard awards' criteria.

Who can apply?

We welcome applications from all sectors. From accessible wheelchair devices, to pottery, mental health apps and adapted ice cream vans. Past winners have been drawn from the travel agency, building and IT sectors, as well as businesses specialising in disability/mobility aids and sports.

Please read the eligibility criteria and the terms and conditions carefully before applying.

Past winners

Steve Hoyler

Steve Hoyler

2019 winner

Steve Holyer created RoomMate after being driven by his frustration at the lack of options for to use so called ‘accessible toilets’ since they were not accessible for him without help from another person.

Josh Wintersgill

Joshua Wintersgill

2018 winner

Josh's business (Able Move) has created a portable solution for disabled travellers.

Hannah Chamberlin

Hannah Chamberlain

2017 winner

Hannah is the founder of Mental Snapp — a video diary app that helps people proactively manage their mental health.

Alex Papanikolaou

Alex Papanikolaou

2016 winner

Alex’s business (Freedom One Life) has developed a next-generation power wheelchair.

Geoff Holt MBE

Geoff Holt MBE

2015 winner

Geoff's company (Wetwheels) operates fully accessible boats.

Ben Wolfenden

Ben Wolfenden

2014 winner

Ben's company (Visibilis) offers digital marketing expertise.