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Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou is announcing the 100 winners of Stelios Bi-Communal Awards 2018

25.09.18 posted by Kostas Seretis


Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou has today announced the 50 bi-communal teams (50 Greek-Cypriots and 50 Turkish-Cypriots), each of which will receive cash prizes of €10.000 (total this year is €500,000). This year, nearly 700 Greek-Cypriots and Turkish-Cypriots collaborated and submitted their applications for Stelios Bi-Communal Awards 2018, to win one of the 50 cash prizes that are offered by Stelios Philanthropic Foundation. Since 2009, the total value of the awards that were granted to bi-communal collaborations adds up to €3,250.000.

The aim of Sir Stelios’ philanthropic act for the past ten years, is to encourage cooperation between the members of the two communities in Cyprus and to establish lasting peace on the island.

The Awards Ceremony this year will only include the winning teams and their spouses and will be held on the 3rd of October, at the newly acquired Headquarters of the Stelios Philanthropic Foundation, on 5 Markou Drakou street, Nicosia, which is walking distance from the Ledra Palace.  The winners will be sent special access passes for the event directly.

The winners have been selected from various backgrounds including business, sciences, arts, sports, NGO work and “partners in life”.




















The selection was done in such a way in order to give 60% of the prizes to new applicants and the rest is divided between past winners and past applicants who have not won before. The idea is to encourage new forms of cooperation but also encourage people to keep applying year after year.

“Partners in life” is a category that stands out for backing the overall downward trend in applicant numbers in other categories. This year the applicants in the “Partners in life” category saw  an increase in applicants of 2.5 times since last year. As in previous years, a generous proportion of the awards is given to this  special category of human cooperation.



The list of the 50  winning Bi-Communal teams is:


Partners in Life - 16 teams

1. Konstantinou - Mustafa

2. Georgiou - Tosun

3. Siamptani - Tuncbilek

4. Christoudia - Gumuskut

5. Polydorou - Kormazel

6. Sea - Doluay

7. Pogiatzea - Ataser

8. Louca - Ozkarsiyakali

9. Kyriakoude - Toker

10. Hadjiioannou - Kahvecioglu

11. Onbasi - Onbasi

12. Avgousti - Akdogu

13. Elia - Olgun

14. Christofides - Yuksek

15. Savvidou - Beidoglu

16. Pilakouta – Ersoy


Business - 9 teams

17. Lemis - Sagiroglu (Joint law firm activities)

18. Roussounidou - Senyigi (Mandiratimes.com website)

19. Ioannou - Banu (To publish a recipe book with traditional food and sweets)

20. Stavrou - Doluay (Digital platform for startups with 1800+ members)

21. Tsaknakis - Erk (Digital directory for healthcare sector)

22. Lordos - Eronen (Architects to organise architectural heritage walking tours)

23. Siahinian - Cananoglu (United Brewers – “Drink for Peace” project)

24. Constantinou - Koroglu (Interior / furniture designer and manufacturers)

25. Kouklos - Fasli (Activities concerning boat services, boat repairs, boat training etc.)


Arts - 8 teams

26. Pantelides - Keleszade (Book publication / translation)

27. Stelicos - Gokyigit (Photographers taking part to numerous exhibitions)

28. Petrondas - Saldun (short film “The Hunt”)

29. Charalambous - Guclu (Bicommunal band the “Blind Man’s Tale”)

30. Papachristoforou - Yikik (Bilingual poem book)

31. Hadjipetrou - Kozal (Play - theater - for deaf people)

32. Modestou - Yahi (Fashion designers / book about heritage fashion in Cyprus)

33. Michail - Bolayir (Art therapy workshops)


NGO - 6 teams

34. Missirlis - Imge

35. CYMEPA - Biological Society (Bicommunal environmental projects)

36. Perentos - Hizli (Laona Foundation and Lefka NGO - case study on an abandoned mine)

37. Archimandrides - Aygin (Multicommunal grassroots initiative promoting actions in support of peace and the reunification of the island)

38. Manoli - Osman (Cycling for peace event in Nicosia)

39. Heracleous - Bilen (Feminist grassroots project)


Science - 5 teams

40. Kofou - Zorba (Research project on mental illness between GC & TC)

41. Hadjikyriacou - Ozkul (History professors - project upon inter-communal coexistence on the island)

42. Hadjipanayi - Evcimen (Bicommunal study to improve the life and educational conditions of students with Special Educational Needs)

43. Karra - Ekinci (Cyprus Research Network - for academics)

44. Zenonos - Karsili (Archaeologists for the Committee on Missing persons)


Sport - 4 teams

45. Pantopiou - Elektrikci (Million Communications - organizing and promoting sport events, such as running, cycling, swimming etc.)

46. Theocleous - Koroglu (Classic rally drivers taking part to races as a team)

47. Nea Salamina - Magusa FC (Football teams - to play a friendly football game)


Other - 3 teams

48. Karageorgis - Akkorlu (Book about Anafotia Village)

49. Maratheftis - Akkinci (War veterans)

50. Mytides - Guden (Mukhtars of the mixed village Pyla)


 Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou commented: “This year it has been a difficult year to be doing bi-communal work in Cyprus. Following the record year we had in 2017 with an all time high number of applicant , I have to report that the number of applicants is down (as you would expect from the negative climate). However focusing on the positive side,  still having 700 people apply is a good result for lasting peace on the island. My favourite category which is the partners in life, is the only category that has shown an increase year on year with now giving 16 awards this year vs 9 last year to partners in life. At least at a human level the relations between the two communities are improving. We will be there to keep working for lasting peace on the island for the long run!”



Naming and commissioning of TS Sir Stelios , a gift for the Sea Cadets

24.09.18 posted by Kostas Seretis

sea_cadets_2018_1_1               New Sea Cadets yacht TS Sir Stelios Commissioned into service at London ceremony

Last week , on the 13th of September, hundreds gathered at St Katherine Dock to witness the naming and commissioning of a new addition to the Sea Cadet fleet, kindly provided by the Stelios Philanthropic Foundation.

Businessman and philanthropist Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou, best known for the easyJet low cost airline as well as his 'easy' family of brands, was joined by Sea Cadets in the ceremony to name the new green and blue ship. He said, "I am honoured and delighted that my philanthropic foundation has been given the opportunity to help out young people who go to sea.  I wish the Training Ship Sir Stelios and all her future crews a fair wind and God speed for bright and successful times to come."

The Rustler 42 yacht - so named because it is 42 feet long - will enable more cadets to take part in transformational voyages at sea and enjoy the thrill and challenges of sailing first hand. Through a range of bursaries Sea Cadets endeavours to offer all it's cadets, regardless of their background, to embark on this trip of a lifetime.



The winners of the 2018 Stelios Greek Awards for Young Entrepreneurs have been announced!

05.09.18 posted by Kostas Seretis

winner 2018 - ferryhopper

For yet another consecutive year the event ceremony was crowned with absolute success, offering 8 companies a total of 100,000 euros.

Among the 64 companies that have been nominated for this year's event, FERRYHOPPER.COM, Vassilis Lahanas, Panayiotis Sarafi and Christos Spatharakis, won the big prize of 30,000 euros.

This is an innovative search and booking platform for ferry tickets that - through different functions - turns the online ferry booking process into a simple and enjoyable experience.

In the framework of this year's event, seven other winners were declared winners, taking the amount of 10,000 euros each. These are:

  • Duck Private Cheffing, a company that focuses on Thessaloniki.
  • DigitalWise, a digital advertising and communications company.
  • Greeking.me, a travel service provider in Greece with an emphasis on authentic experiences.
  • Hempoilshop, exclusive distributor of organic / cannabis organic products
  • Lamda MAEVE, a company that manufactures ice creams and related products based on traditional recipes from Serres.
  • Park Around BV, an internet platform and a mobile parking application.
  • Wine Art SA, an online sales company of bottled drinks and delicatessen.

During the event, Sir Stelios Hadjiioannou said: "For the 11th year, young entrepreneurs in Greece prove that they are decisively contributing to the country's financial growth and development by investing in innovation, creativity and substantial effort.
Finding once again the high level of participation, I am very pleased that the institution we created over a decade ago continues to support companies with a healthy business plan, clear goals and the mood for creation and risk.
I would like to thank all those who participated in this year's event, and I sincerely wish my congratulations to the 8 winners for 2018 ".

The awards are exclusively addressed to young entrepreneurs in Greece , up to 40 years old (born in 1977 or later) and have started their business for the past 7 years, while also delivering a minimum turnover of 10,000 euros per year.

Their business must employ at least two people and the entrepreneur must own at least 50% of the business. If the owners of the company are more than two people, they should own more than 80% of their business.

Within the institution, a total of 24 enterprises have been awarded so far.


Stelios Philanthropic Foundation donates 100.000€ , To Hellenic Red Cross, in support of the affected by Attica Wildfires

25.07.18 posted by Kostas Seretis

24 JULY 2018

The Stelios Philanthropic Foundation offers 100.000 € to the Hellenic Red Cross

Sir Stellios Haji-Ioannou, founder of easyJet, the easyGroup group and the Stelios Philanthropic Foundation, announces a € 100,000 offer to the Greek Red Cross, aiming at the relief of those affected by the devastating fires of 23 July 2018 in Attica.

The amount was deposited in the account created earlier today by the Hellenic Red Cross for the support of the affected :

(EUROBANK LABOR SA, Account No:0026.0240.31.0201181388, IBAN:GR6402602400000310201181388)

and marks the recognition of the remarkable work of the Hellenic Red Cross, who remains in the affected areas and works alongside the Greek state and local authorities with both its human resources and rescue equipment.

Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou said: "Taking into account the state of emergency in which the affected areas of Attica are and recognizing the important work that the Hellenic Red Cross has done throughout the past years , the Stelios Philanthropic Foundation moves swiftly and offers the significant amount, always aiming at the direct relief of our fellow human beings.''

Mr. Nikolaos B. Economopoulos, President of the Hellenic Red Cross, said: "We would like to thank Sir Stelios Hadjiioannou and the Stelios Philanthropic Foundation for the quick response to our increased needs. This offer is a strong ally in our effort to help the affected areas and we hope to be an example for other individuals and organizations who are interested in supporting us in our work. " 



The Stelios Award for Disabled Entrepreneurs 2018, in partnership with Leonard Cheshire

The Stelios Award for Disabled Entrepreneurs 2018, in partnership with Leonard Cheshire

02 July 2018

Calling all entrepreneurs!
The Stelios Awards for Disabled Entrepreneurs is back for its eleventh year, and we want to help you turn your business dreams into reality.

Whether it's your start-up ideas, clever business or social enterprise, or brilliant expansion plans, we want to hear from you.

What is the Stelios Award?

The Stelios Award for Disabled Entrepreneurs in the UK is a business award run in partnership with the Stelios Philanthropic Foundation. The award recognises the exceptional spirit and business ability of disabled entrepreneurs.

If you win, you get £30,000
If you make the finalist shortlist, you win £10,000

We welcome applications from start-ups, companies which have been up and running, but things all winners have had in common – is determination, drive and talent to create a flourishing business. All have benefited from the publicity, funding and mentoring surrounding the awards.



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