Following the success of the first Startupper of the Year Challenge, held in 2015 in more than 30 African countries, Total Parco, Ltd is bringing it back in 2018, this time in almost 60 countries worldwide.
The 2018-2019 Startupper of the Year by Total Challenge will support and reward young local entrepreneurs in any business sector with a project or business less than two years old. In each participating country, a local jury comprised of experts from Total, specialists from incubators and accelerators, business leaders and local community stakeholders will select three winners.
The projects will be assessed based on their:
- Innovative nature.
- Social and community impact.
- Feasibility and development potential.
Each winner will be awarded the “Startupper of the Year by Total” label and receive financial support, plus professional coaching and extensive publicity to advertise their project.
After the success in 34 African countries, the organizers of #TotalStartupperChallenge
have opened the challenge for 55 countries including "Pakistan".
So being a Pakistani, don't miss this great opportunity.https://t.co/OrePBZD2M0#TotalStartupperChallenge
— Abdullah Sulehri (@abdullahsulehri) October 22, 2018
New this year: To support women entrepreneurs, the jury will also designate an award for the “Top Female Entrepreneur” in each country. This special award, which is in addition to the other awards, is Total’s way of encouraging more women to take part in the challenge.
— Huma | ہما (@Frying_Nemo) October 22, 2018
A grand jury will meet subsequently to select six overall grand winners from among the first-prize winners in each country.
More than just a business challenge, the 2018-2019 Startupper of the Year by Total Challenge also reaffirms Total’s commitment to capacity building in the countries where it operates, worldwide. By helping innovative young entrepreneurs to realise their projects, the Challenge strengthens the local social fabric.
Registration opens on October 9, 2018 at their website. Candidates will have until November 13, 2018 to submit their applications.