Total Nigeria is best known for its work and the impact it has made on the oil and gas sector – which is the biggest sector in the company. Total has however sought to extend its hand of support to businesses all around once again by announcing that it has started to accept applications for a new challenge set-up by the organization.
Dubbed the Startupper of the Year challenge, this competition looks to pitch a massive 340 startup candidates against one another and watch them bring their ideas to light as they all hope to emerge victorious and clinch a place in the top three.
The competition, which is open to businesses and entrepreneurs who have founders under 35 years of age, is open to candidates of all African countries from which Total operates from. To know if you would be eligible for this competition based on your country, the 34 African countries in which Total has established itself are Algeria, Angola, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chad, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Ghana, Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Republic of Guinea, Republic of the Congo, Reunion, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe, in alphabetical order.
A 10-man panel of judges would be set-up in each country where the competition would be open to and here, these 10-man jury would select 10 successful entrepreneurs to proceed to the finals.
Each winner, asides from receiving the “Startupper of the Year” label would receive the equivalent of #6 million, #4 million and #2 million respectively from first to third.
For interested applicants, applications for the competition closes on the 31st of January, 2016.