Stelios Award for Disabled Entrepreneurs in the UK - 2017 Round Open
Sponsored by Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou and administered by Leonard Cheshire Disability, the Stelios Award for Disabled Entrepreneurs in the UK identifies and celebrates business ability by recognising an exceptional disabled entrepreneur.
The competition is open to disabled entrepreneurs on the management board, and with ownership, of any business in the UK.
Awards are open to all forms of entrepreneurship (including pre-revenue start-ups). Applicants can be:
•businesses operated by and/or for the benefit of disabled people;
•employers who workforce is made up of significant numbers of disabled people.
Past winners and applicants are able to re-apply.
A total of £70,000 in cash prizes to be won in 2017. This year the overall winner will win £30,000 to further the growth of their business. The winner will also benefit from the significant media coverage that this award is set to attract. Four shortlisted applicants will win £10,000 each.
The money is to be reinvested in the winners business. The winner can spend this money however they like, for example they could:
•Buy a piece of new equipment that would enable them to increase production capacity.
•Fund new staff costs to expand a sales team.
•Embark upon an international operation.
The 2017 Awards are now open to applications and Stelios will present the winner of the Award at a ceremony in the winter.
The deadline for entries is 6 October 2017.