#Hi9ja Update: Apply for Total Startupper Challenge 2016 for African Entrepreneurs – Up to $30,000


Brief description: Do you aspire to start your own business and build a brighter future? Startupper of the year by Total is a unique opportunity for Start-Ups and entrepreneurs in Africa to get coaching and financial support (Up to $30,000) to grow their ideas and business.

Eligible Projects: All projects are eligible regardless of the type of business or activity, as long as they share the characteristics common to creative start-ups: innovation, competitiveness, growth boosting and job creation.

About The Challenge

In Africa as elsewhere, many young people aspire to start their own business and build a brighter future, which is why Total created the Startupper of the year challenge. If you’re currently preparing a business plan or are in the early stages of creating your own business, you’re eligible to enter this challenge!

What challenges need to be tackled where you live? How will your innovative project address them? After you show how, Total will support those of you who will inspire, create, invest, hire and produce, all to transform “your” world

Total startupper of the year

Offered Since: 2016

Contest Type: Challenge for African Entrepreneurs


Are you under 35 years old?
Do you want to create a business or develop one that is less than two years old?
Are you a citizen of one of these 34 African countries: 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 or Zimbabwe?
If so, this challenge is for you!

Only one application by contestant is admitted.

Selection Criteria

Be clear, concise and efficient. Demonstrate your thoroughness, precision, knowledge and desire to be an entrepreneur. In each of the 34 countries, “Startupper of the year by Total” jury will evaluate the innovativeness, boldness and originality of your project, along with its social and economic impact, feasibility, sustainability and potential in terms of growth, development and employment.

To boost your score, don’t overlook anything.

Number of Winners: up to 3 winners per country

Value of Award: Each winner will receive a customized coaching to help him/her to create and/or develop its business.  Its content and duration will be defined by the jury in accordance with the needs of the winner that it will have identified during the selection process. Total will provide financial support up to $30,000 (in winners local currency)

Duration of Program: will be defined by the jury based on the needs of the winner

Eligible Countries: see list above

To be taken at (country): The contestant must be a citizen of the country where its application is submitted in order to create or develop its project there.

Application Deadline: is 31 January 2016

Challenge schedule

28 February 2016 – Notification of preselected finalists
15 March 2016 – Finalists oral presentations before the jury
1 May 2016 – Announcement of the winners
Offered annually? Not specified

How to Enter

To enter, create your profile and provide the required information online. To support, justify and illustrate your project, you can attach as many documents as you wish to your application, including:

your résumé,
your business plan,
your financing plan,
your partnership strategy,
an executive summary,
a marketing brochure,
your logo,
your graphic standards,
and/or a photo or video presentation, etc.
Each country has specific rules for the application process. Go to startuppers.total.com/en/challenges/ and download the rules for your country (PDF).

On completion of the pre-selection stage, the jury in each of the 34 countries will select up to 10 finalists of the best projects submitted. The finalists will then be invited to present their project orally to the jury, which will select up to three winners.

Take advantage of this opportunity.


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