The award, run by the Stelios Philanthropic Foundation and Leonard Cheshire Disability, recognises the achievements of, and unique challenges faced by, disabled entrepreneurs. The competition is open to disabled entrepreneurs on the management board, and with ownership, of any business in the UK.
For 2016 (the programme's 10 year anniversary) 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 whose 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 is available. 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
Stelios will present the winner of the Award at a ceremony in the winter.
The deadline for entries is 10 October 2016.
For more information visit the Stelios Philanthropic Foundation website.