Total launches startupper challenge for entrepreneurs

By Roseline Okere and Toyin Olasinde   |   04 November 2015   |   5:54 am  

TotalTOTAL Nigeria Plc and Total Upstream Companies in Nigeria have launched the “Startupper of the year by Total” challenge.
This initiative, which is simultaneously organised by the Total Group in 34 countries in Africa, aims to identify, reward and provide support to the best business creation and business development projects under two years of existence in Nigeria.

According to the company, the winning projects will be granted the “Startupper of the year 2016 by Total” label, as well as financial assistance and a coaching from Total Nigeria Plc and Total Upstream Companies in Nigeria.

A jury of professionals will pre-select up to ten of the best submitted projects in Nigeria based on specific criteria, which include innovation, originality, audacity and potential to impact on socio-economic development of the Nigerian society and its people.

The company said that the list of finalists will be published on the website by February 28, 2016.
It stated: “After candidates’ defence which will take place by March 15, 2016, the jury will choose the best projects (up to three) and the results will be announced during the awards ceremony.
“The Challenge “Startupper of the year by Total” is part of Total’s global initiative of supporting the socioeconomic development of all the countries where it operates worldwide. It is a very concrete action launched to locally contribute to the reinforcement of the industrial fabric and to employment on the African continent, by supporting the most daring and innovative entrepreneurs in realizing their project. This approach targets the emergence of new initiatives, while respecting the Total Group values”.

Speaking at a media briefing, the Managing Director of Total Nigeria Plc, Alexis Vovk, the challenge is to support young Nigerian entrepreneurs below the age of 35 by not only giving them financial support but also customised coaching, an impactful and rewarding label and visibility. “We have identified that young entrepreneurs are not only interested in financial support”.

They are looking for empowerment and visibility”, it added.
He disclosed that a jury of professionals will be pre-select up to ten of the best submitted projects in Nigeria based on specific criteria which include innovation, originality, audacity and potential to impact on the socio-economic development of the Nigerian society and its people.

Vovk noted that after the candidates’ defence, which will take place by March next year, the jury will choose the best three projects and the results will be announced during the awards ceremony.

He stated: “The jury members comprise a crop of acknowledged experts and analysts drawn from reputable Nigerian and international organisations. They represent a wide variety of business sectors. We are therefore very confident that the best ideas will be chosen and assure Nigerians utmost transparency in the entire process”.



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