French energy producer and provider, Total, has launched the second edition of its Total Startupper of the Year Challenge extending it to 37 countries across Africa.
First launched in 2015 across 34 African countries, Total Startupper of the Year Challenge that aims to support good ideas and projects that help address widespread problems affecting communities has been extended to a total of 55 countries around the world.
To be eligible for participation, startups need to:
- The project or business owner must not be more than 35 years old.
- The participant must be a citizen of the country where he/she participates.
- The project can be an idea or a start-up created within the last two years.
- The project should offer a practical way of addressing a public health, safety, education, accessibility or other issue affecting local communities.
- Innovation isn’t necessarily revolutionary, involving something brand new or a total transformation. It can be incremental as well, improving an existing technology, product or service, or even just the way things are done.
- Projects that demonstrate
thefeasibility and have the potential to benefit a broader public.
Total will award 3 winners from each country with financial support, extensive publicity and coaching and the opportunity to compete for one of the six “Grand Regional Winner” awards!
During the first edition, women accounted for almost 25% of the winners, even though they only made up 13% of the applicants, but the 2018-2019 Total Startupper of the Year Challenge has introduced a ‘Top Female Entrepreneur’ category as a special to give the women entrepreneurs an extra push to take part in the competition.
Interested applicants can apply here before the deadline which is on the 13th November 2018.