An app developer has scooped the £30,000 first prize in this year’s Stelios Award for Disabled Entrepreneurs after creating a video diary app that supports people managing their mental health.
Hannah Chamberlain from South London was awarded the accolade by easyJet founder Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou for her app , MentalSnapp.
The app allows users to record video diaries, rate their mood and name their feelings.
Ms Chamberlain beat a record 72 applicants to win the top prize in the award, which is run jointly by the Stelios Philanthropic Foundation and charity Leonard Cheshire Disability and is now in its 11th year.
Sir Stelios said: “Using an app is a very modern, high tech way to deal with a very old but very topical problem.”
He added: “For far too long mental health issues, which are a form of disability, have been virtually ignored and swept under the carpet. I hope this award will go some small way to helping.”
Ms Chamberlain said she planned to use the prize money to launch a new version of MentalSnapp, which will launch in January.
Four finalists also picked up £10,000 each in the awards for their business ideas, including a wheelchair review website, an accessible specialist online job board, a ceramic home-ware company and a mobile toilet and changing facility for disabled people.