The Stelios Award for Disabled Entrepreneurs has opened applications to start-ups, giving them the opportunity to win £30,000 of funding to help propel their business ideas forward.
The award, run by easyJet founder and philanthropist Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou’s foundation and disability charity, Leonard Cheshire, recognises the achievements of disabled entrepreneurs who have set up their own company.
All business which are at least 50% owned by disabled people are eligible and previous finalists include Dominic Lund-Cunlon, founder of Review My Wheelchair – a website where end-users visit to read reviews on mobility equipment.
The award has also announced four new international judges who have experience across differenct industries.
They include 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, Stas Strach, an international entrepreneur and business leader, and Hardeep Rai, the founder of Kaleidoscope Investments will also be judging.
Entrant businesses must be at least seven years old and must have an active online presence.