For the 7th year Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou grants the Stelios Award Young Entrepreneur of the Year – Greece with the Leshi Epihirimatikotitas. The prize is awarded to young entrepreneurs launched recently and dynamic! Stelios Haji-Ioannou is the creator of easyGroup, and as he wants to call himself, "serial entrepreneur".
With this award we want to actively support innovative entrepreneurship in Greece contributing the sum of 50.000 € to the company that would stand out.
Candidates for the Stelios Haji-Ioannou Award, of the Leshi Epihirimatikotitas which will reach the final stages, are young entrepreneurs who have seen an opportunity, found new and different ways of approach, took a business risk in order to materialize their idea and to maintain a high pace of development. The candidates may come from all sectors of financial activities. The entrepreneurs who participated covered various sectors of financial activities, from x-treme sport equipment and cosmetics stores to IT consulting. If you believe that your business profile matches the candidate's profile read more about the process of participation and download the application form.
Also, indirectly, you can contribute in the effort to support and to develop entrepreneurship by suggesting someone that you think deserves this award.
Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou
Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou is best known for creating easyJet in 1995, at the age of 28. Prior to founding the low-cost airline that revolutionized European air travel, Stelios created Stelmar, a shipping company which was floated on the New York Stock Exchange in 2001 and subsequently sold to a rival in 2005. True to his beliefs in serial entrepreneurship, Stelios consolidated the ownership of the easy brand into his private company, easyGroup, comprising several easy-branded businesses - all dedicated to offering consumers more value for less. In 2006, At the age of 39, Stelios received a knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II for services to entrepreneurship and in 2009 was nominated the Honorary General Consul for the Republic of Cyprus in the Principality of Monaco. More recently, through the Stelios Philanthropic Foundation, Stelios has expanded his dedication to making a difference to society by launching a number of philanthropic initiatives supporting entrepreneurship, higher education and environmental sustainability.
The Leshi Epihirimatikotitas was founded in 1995 and its members are famous Greek Entrepreneurs. Leshi is a non-profit organization which aims to highlight and support the most deserving young entrepreneurs of our country as they run through their business. It currently has 72 members.