Stelios Award for Disabled Entrepreneurs in the UK
This unique and prestigious award is sponsored by Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou, the renowned entrepreneur best known for founding easyJet. The winner receives £50,000 to expand their business.
The creation of the award was motivated by Stelios’s goal of not only supporting disabled entrepreneurs, but also raising awareness of the skills and inventiveness of those with disabilities.
The 2015 winner
Last year's winner was Geoff Holt MBE of Wetwheels.
Wetwheels is a Community Interest Company (CIC) run out of Portsmouth, operates fully accessible boats to provide boating opportunities for people of all ages and abilities.
Run by Geoff Holt MBE (the first paralysed person to sail around single-handed around Great Britain) the company offers disabled clients educational and mentoring programmes, along with sporting and recreational trips on the sea.
The runners up
Three finalists are selected each year for the award. In 2015, the two runners up were:
In a surpise announcement on the night of the award ceremony Sir Stelios generously decided to award both of the runners up £10,000.
You can find out more about all of this year's amazing finalists by watching them talk about what insprired them to start their businesses.