Stelios Award for Disabled Entrepreneurs 2018

Applications open for Stelios Award for Disabled Entrepreneurs

31st July 2018

Applications are now open for the prestigious Stelios Award for Disabled Entrepreneurs in the UK.

The award gives disabled entrepreneurs in the UK the chance to win a top prize of £30,000 for their business, awarded by easyJet founder and philanthropist Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou.

Jointly run by the Stelios Philanthropic Foundation and disability charity Leonard Cheshire  since 2006, the award recognises the achievements of disabled entrepreneurs who have set up their own company and excel in their chosen business field.

All forms of entrepreneurship and planned business activity in the UK, including start-ups, social enterprise or up and running businesses, which are at least 50% owned by disabled people, are eligible to apply.

Applications opened on July 2nd and will close October 1st. The winner will receive their grand prize at an Awards ceremony on November 14th. Four runners up will receive prizes of £10,000 each.

The criteria are:

  • The award is open to disabled applicants operating in the UK only. The competition uses the Equality Act 2010 definition of disability, which also includes long-term mental and physical health conditions. If you have any queries about your eligibility, you can email
  • The award is open to registered and not-yet-registered companies, charities and social enterprises
  • To be eligible, a disabled entrepreneur must own at least 50% of the company
  • The company must be at most seven years old
  • The applicant must have an active online presence
  • Past winners and/or applicants are welcome to re-apply

Four new international judges with experience in a range of industries have been announced to join the judging panel for this year’s awards. The judges are:

  • Hannah Chamberlain, last year’s Stelios Award winner and founder of Mental Snapp, an app to help actively manage mental health using private video diaries.
  • Dr. Caroline Casey, an award winning social entrepreneur, international speaker and leading authority on diversity and inclusion.
  • Stas Strach, an international entrepreneur and business leader who has over 25 years experience spent in the consumer electronics industry.
  • Hardeep Rai, the founder and Managing Director of Kaleidoscope Investments; an organisation that invests, supports and empowers disabled people to become successful entrepreneurs

For full details on eligibility and an application form visit the Stelios Philanthropic Foundation Facebook page or Leonard Cheshire. Alternative application formats are available on request and anyone needing extra support with their application can email

Read more about the 2017 winner and 2016 winner.

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