Awards for 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 2019 wants to hear from you!

The Stelios Awards for Disabled Entrepreneurs UK is jointly run by us and the Stelios Philanthropic Foundation. It recognises the achievements of disabled entrepreneurs  who have set up their own company or social enterprise.

Applications are now closed. Thank you all for applying — the response has been phenomenal! We will be getting back everyone at the beginning of October.

If you have any questions about your application please email us on steliosaward@leonardcheshire.org or call 07740515957 (Tuesdays and Thursdays only).

Welcome from Sir Stelios

New prizes for 2019

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

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.