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Awards for Disabled Entrepreneurs in the UK

The Stelios Awards for Disabled Entrepreneurs in the UK- administered in partnership with Leonard Cheshire Disability - rewards those with disabilities who have demonstrated exceptional entrepreneurial spirit and business ability in the face of significant barriers. The overall winner wins £30,000 & an additional 4 shortlisted applicants win £10,000 each.
The annual award ceremony organized by the Stelios Philanthropic Foundation in London, will take place in November the 14th, 2017.
The closing date for applications is 6 October 2017.
To apply, download the application form here

(Updated for the 2017 Awards). 



Talented Leeds businessman wins Sir Stelios prize for UK's top disabled entrepreneur

Talented Leeds businessman wins Sir Stelios prize for UK's top disabled entrepreneur

4th November 2014

A 31-year-old Leeds-based entrepreneur who was told he wouldn't live past 30, has won the prestigious Stelios Award for Disabled Entrepreneurs 2014 run by EasyJet founder Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou and the charity Leonard Cheshire Disability.

Ben Wolfenden received a £50,000 cash prize to help grow his business, Visibilis, at a special awards ceremony in London this evening.

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Three finalists named for the Award for Disabled Entrepreneurs in the UK

29th October 2014

With only days to go to the big night, here are the 3 finalists but only one will get the cash prize of £50,000!

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Disabled Entrepreneur Award Invitations at the ready

Invitation

22nd October 2014

The Invitations for the Stelios Award for Disabled Entrepreneurs in the UK 2014 will be sent to a select number of individuals soon.

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Applications open for the Stelios Award for Disabled Entrepreneurs

Applications open for the Stelios Award for Disabled Entrepreneurs

7th August 2014

  • Applications for the Stelios Award for Disabled Entrepreneurs now open
  • Winner gets £50,000 - the largest cash prize of its kind
  • Award recognises talents of business owners with a disability or long-term health condition

£50,000 is up for grabs as easyJet founder Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou is calling for talented disabled entrepreneurs to apply for this year's Stelios Award for Disabled Entrepreneurs in the UK.
Apply online at leonardcheshire.org

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Stelios Award winner interviewed on BBC R4

Stelios Award winner interviewed with BBC

29th July 2014

Last year's Stelios Award winner James King was guest on "In Touch", BBC R4's special news programme for the blind and partially sighted.

To listen to the full interview,
Please click HERE (29 July programme).


 

Stelios award finalist turns up trumps at Real Madrid

Stelios award finalist turns up trumps at Real Madrid

21st May 2014

Terry Nelson, unsuccessful finalist in last years Stelios Award for Disabled Entrepreneurs has made a break through with sales of his unique buoyancy suit.
To see the full article, please click HERE

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BBC - The blind builder with a big vision

The blind builder with a big vision

21st March 2014

BBC online profiles James King - winner of the 2013 Stelios Award for Disabled entrepreneurs.

To see the full article, please click HERE
To hear a radio interview, please click HERE (Interview starts at 21.00).


 

Stelios Philanthropic Foundation raises £2700 for Leonard Cheshire Disability at entrepreneurs award ceremony

Stelios Philanthropic Foundation raises £2700 for Leonard Cheshire Disability at entrepreneurs award ceremony

13th December 2013

A disabled businessman from Milton Keynes has won the prestigious Stelios Award for Disabled Entrepreneurs 2013.

James King, (pictured centre with Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou and MikePenning MP, Minister for Disabled People) who runs a home extension firm called Oliver James Garden Rooms, won the award run by easyJet founder Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou and the charity Leonard Cheshire Disability. Now in its seventh year, it recognises the unique achievements of disabled entrepreneurs and offers a £50,000 cash prize to the winner - the largest cash sum of its kind.

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Three finalists named for the Stelios Award for Disabled Entrepreneurs 2013

Three finalists named for the Stelios Award for Disabled Entrepreneurs 2013

19th November 2013

Three outstanding disabled entrepreneurs have been shortlisted for the Stelios Award for Disabled Entrepreneurs 2013, a competition run by easyJet founder Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou and the charity Leonard Cheshire Disability.

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Deadline for Stelios Award for Disabled Entrepreneurs - just one month away!

Deadline for Stelios Award for Disabled Entrepreneurs

4th October 2013

Business people with disabilities or a long term health condition have just a month left to apply for this year's Stelios Award for Disabled Entrepreneurs in the UK.

The award, run by the Stelios Philanthropic Foundation and Leonard Cheshire Disability, recognises the achievements of, and unique challenges faced by, disabled entrepreneurs. Now in its seventh year, the award offers a £50,000 cash prize to the winner - the largest cash sum of its kind. Past winners include start-up companies dedicated to assisted travel for blind or visually impaired people, interactive music sessions aimed at young children and providing disabled "extras" for film/TV productions.

Download Application Form

 
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Sir Stelios backs "disability confident" conference

Sir Stelios backs disability confident conference

22nd July 2013

Easyjet founder Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou was on hand to lend support to a government initiative to get more disabled people back into work. Speaking at a conference last week - "disability confident" - Sir Stelios reminded delegates that 100,000 disabled entrepreneurs already employed an equivalent number of people in their business start-ups. "This shows the extraordinary strength of the entrepreneurial spirit amongst our disabled friends and neighbours," he said.

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Big turnout for the Stelios UK Disabled Entrepreneur 2013 networking event

Big turnout for the Stelios UK disabled Entrepreneur 2013 networking event

24th April 2013

A large audience of potential applicants, past finalists and their supporters including Esther McVey MP, Minister for Disabled People gathered to hear serial entrepreneur and easyjet founder Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou launch the 2013 UK Award for Disabled Entrepreneurs.

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