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 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.
2016 award now open to applications
To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the award, the total cash prizes are bigger than ever!
A total of £70,000 will be won:
- top prize of £30,000 to the overall winner
- four prizes of £10,000 to four other finalists
And this year the award is open to all forms of entrepreneurship (including pre-revenue start-ups). Applicants can be:
- businesses operated by and/or for the benefit of disabled people
- employers who workforce is made up of significant numbers of disabled people
Past winners and applicants are welcome to reapply.
The closing date for applications is 10 October 2016.
The winners will be announced at the awards ceremony on 10 November 2016 at the Royal Chelsea Hospital in London.
All qualified applicants will be invited to the event!
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.