Following the success of the first two editions, Total is relaunching the Start-upper of the Year Challenge in 32 countries across the African continent.
During the previous edition in Botswana, Total Botswana rewarded three young entrepreneurs, namely Ogaufi Setlhogile for 1st Prize and also Female Entrepreneur of the Year, Bokete Mthabisi for 2nd Prize and Mooketsi Sembungu for 3rd Prize.
Beyond the entrepreneurial spirit, this third edition of the Start-upper Challenge of the Year reaffirms Total-Energies’ commitment to supporting the socio-economic development of the countries in which the company operates in Africa. It contributes locally to strengthening the social fabric by supporting the most innovative entrepreneurs in the realisation of their projects.
For this edition, the Start-upper of the Year Challenge by Total-Energies will support and reward young local entrepreneurs between the ages of 18 and 35 who either have a business creation project or a star-tup that is under three years old, regardless of the sector of activity.
A local jury made up of experts, people from the world of star-tups, company managers from local sustainable development players and managers from Total-Energies will select three winners with each winner receiving P100,000 for Best Business Creation Project, Best Star-tup Under 3 Years and “Best Female Entrepreneur.
The prize for Best Female Entrepreneur is a new feature for this third edition which aims to firmly encourage female entrepreneurship on the continent. Registration is now open and will be accessible directly online at: http://startupper.totalenergies.com. Candidates have until 23 December 2021 to submit their applications. Each winner will be nominated “Star-tup of the Year by Total-Energies” and will receive financial support, personalised coaching and a media campaign to give their project visibility.
Projects will be evaluated according to three criteria: their response to the challenges of sustainable development, their innovative character, their feasibility and development potential. Following nomination of the three winners per country, an international jury will meet to select the three “Grand Winners” for the continent.