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SIR STELIOS PLEDGES RECORD PRIZE MONEY TO UK DISABILITY / Stelios Awards for Disabled Entrepreneurs in the UK 2019

06.06.19 posted by Kostas Seretis



Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou, easyJet founder and philanthropist, and disability charity Leonard Cheshire are proud to launch the largest ever financial prize for disabled entrepreneurs in the UK.  

Prize money totalling £100,000 will be available from this year onwards, which will mean that in addition to the top prize of £30,000, and a finalist prize of £10,000 per person currently awarded to the winning disabled entrepreneurs chosen by Sir Stelios, smaller prizes of £5,000 will also be available. 

All applicants will also be considered for ‘The Judge’s Prize’, a discretionary prize with a maximum of £10,000 chosen by independent judges that will recognise start-up or running businesses that show exceptional promise, but do not fit the standard award criteria. 



Bristolian flies high to win Stelios Award 2018

Bristolian flies high to win Stelios Award 2018

14th November 2018

easyjet founder, Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou has chosen Able Move, a start-up company that has created a portable solution for disabled travellers, as winner of the Stelios Award for Disabled Entrepreneurs 2018, in partnership with Leonard Cheshire.

At a ceremony in London, Able Move's founder, Josh Wintersgill, a cyber-security manager from Bristol, was awarded the prestigious £30,000 prize by Sir Stelios.



Prince's Trust event at the Foundations New Headquarters , 34 Thurloe Square , London

12.11.18 posted by Kostas Seretis


On the night of November the 8th an inspiring event was held at the Foundations new UK Headquarters , at 34 Thurloe Square in London. Thanks to our great collaboration with the Prince's Trust 40 young entrepreneurs got the chance to have a very thorough conversation with Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou who was also brilliantly interviewed by Grace Graham a talented Young Ambassador. 

During the interview , he answered various questions consering the Early Days of his entrepreneurship career , but he also provided insight about the Growth of easyGroup today. Then based in his now longstanding support to the Prince's Trust via the Enterprise programme , Sir Stelios explained why charity work is important to him , and how he works through his Philanthropic Foundation. 

Sir Stelios also provided a ''masterclass''  conserning Marketing and Business growth and provided the young entrepreneurs with some enlightening advice and tips about risktaking and on how to develop a succesful business in general. 


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 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.



Stelios UK Awards 2018 Guides and Documentation

Stelios UK Awards 2018 Guides

18 June 2018

The Stelios Philanthropic Foundation, in partnership with Leonard Cheshire has now released the official guide documentation for the 12th annual Awards for Disabled Entrepreneurs in the UK.

Prospective applicants can now find about this years application criteria, the duties that are required from them and much much more.

Don't miss out on this life-changing opportunity to advance your business by seeing if you are allegeable to apply.



Sir Stelios captured in oil at the National Portrait Gallery

30.01.18 posted by Kostas Seretis

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easyJet founder and philanthropist, Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou, has been captured in oil with a specially commissioned painting in London’s National Portrait Gallery.

Artist Mary Jane Ansell used oil on an aluminium panel to portray Sir Stelios after a short sitting with extensive photographic preparation. This portrait was commissioned by the Gallery’s trustees in 2015 in recognition of his contribution to British business and entrepreneurship. 



Mental health app wins National Stelios Award

14.11.17 posted by Kostas Seretis

hannah__stelios_credits_zoe_norfolkPhoto Credits: Zoe Norfolk

A South London app developer has won the prestigious £30,000 Stelios Award for Disabled Entrepreneurs, run in conjunction with Leonard Cheshire Disability, after creating a video diary app that supports people managing their mental health. 



Meet this year's 5 finalists of the Stelios Awards for Disabled Entrepreneurs in the UK

10.11.17 posted by Kostas Seretis

The five finalists are:

Jane Hatton of London, founder of Evenbreak(www.evenbreak.co.uk), an accessible specialist online job board where inclusive employers can attract more talented disabled talent and disabled jobseekers can find work with employers who will value their skills.

Hannah Chamberlain of London, co-founder of Mental Snapp (www.mentalsnapp.com), a video diary app to help anyone actively managing their mental health.

James Brown of Wiltshire, founder of Mobiloo (www.mobiloo.org.uk) , the world’s first attended mobile toilet and changing facility for disabled people who need a hoist and changing table to use the toilet or be changed.

Dominic Lund-Conlon of Essex, founder of Review My Wheelchair(www.reviewmywheelchair.co.uk), which provides unbiased and clear reviews for wheelchair users to support their decision when purchasing a wheelchair.

Katherine Fortnum of Leicestershire, founder of Katherine Fortnum Ceramics(www.katherinefortnumceramics.com) , a producer of hand built ceramic homewares and decorative sculptures.

The overall winner of £30,000 will be announced on the 14th of November!


easyJet founder picks five finalists for national disabled entrepreneur award

06.11.17 posted by Kostas Seretis


  • Five finalists handpicked by Sir Stelios each win £10,000
  • Companies on the shortlist are Mobiloo, MentalSnapp, Evenbreak, Review My Wheelchair and Katherine Fortnum Ceramics.
  • Winner will win a further £20,000 at an award ceremony on 14 November 2017

easyJet founder Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou and leading international charity Leonard Cheshire Disability announced today the five finalists for the Stelios Award for Disabled Entrepreneurs 2017. Each has won £10,000 and now has a chance to win a further £20,000.

A record amount of over 70 candidates applied for the Stelios Award for Disabled Entrepreneurs this year. The applications came from diverse business arenas, including fashion, retail, sport and leisure and tourism.

Read more at: http://enablemagazine.co.uk/easyjet-founder-picks-five-finalists-national-disabled-entrepreneur-award/  



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