Fuel company, TotalEnergies has today launched this year’s Startupper of the Year Challenge in 32 countries of the African continent , a challenge aimed at supporting the best innovators.
Now in its third edition, this year’s challenge will support and reward young local entrepreneurs between the ages of 18 and 35, who either have a business creation project or a startup that is less than three years old, regardless of the sector of activity.
“Beyond the entrepreneurial spirit, the third edition of the Startupper Challenge of the Year reaffirms TotalEnergies’ commitment to supporting the socio-economic development of the countries in which our Company operates in Africa. It contributes locally to strengthening the social fabric by supporting the most innovative entrepreneurs in the realization of their projects,” said Daniel Mayieka, the Managing Director, TotalEnergies Marketing Uganda Limited.
According to officials, a local jury made up of experts, people from the world of start-ups, company managers from local sustainable development players and managers from TotalEnergies Marketing Uganda Limited will select three winners in the categories of best business creation project, best startup under three years old and the best female entrepreneur.
The prize for the best female entrepreneur is a new feature for the third edition and is aimed at firmly encouraging female entrepreneurship on the continent.
Each winner will be nominated “Startup of the Year by TotalEnergies” and will receive financial support, personalized coaching, and a media campaign to give their project visibility.
Projects will be evaluated according to three criteria including their response to the challenges of sustainable development, their innovative character and their feasibility and development potential.
Following the nomination of the three winners per country, an international jury will meet to select the three “grand winners” for the continent.
Candidates have until December 23, 2021 to submit their application.
During the previous edition for Uganda, Arnold Muggaga – Seat pack; Andrew Lema – Easy Matatu; Sylvia Kyomuhendo – Infant health foundation and Vincent Nemeyimana – SwapAfrica were the four young entrepreneurs who were rewarded for their innovations.