As part of its corporate social responsibility initiatives to support entrepreneurial drive, Total Companies in Nigeria have launched the second edition of the StartUpper of the Year Challenge. The Challenge will see several young Nigerian entrepreneurs compete for cash prizes as well as professional coaching, international exposure and widespread publicity for their projects or businesses.
The StartUpper of the Year Challenge is intended to promote youth entrepreneurship and development and is open to young Nigerians aged 35 years and below who aspire to start their own businesses and build a brighter future.
Candidates have five weeks to submit their applications after which the best will be shortlisted. Fifteen (15) of the best submitted projects will be selected with the finalists published on the competition website. The finalists will be required to defend their projects before a jury which will select the best three. In addition to the three winners, a top female entrepreneur will be selected. Results will be announced during an awards ceremony.
The complete glossary of contest rules is available online at https://startupper-of-the-year-challenge.total.com/en/challenges/nigeria?lang=en
Participants will be assessed based on their innovative nature, social and community impact, feasibility and development potential by a jury comprised of experts from Total, specialists from incubators and accelerators, business leaders and local community stakeholders.
The 2018-2019 StartUpper of the Year by Total Challenge reaffirms Total’s commitment to capacity building in the countries where it operates, worldwide.
This year’s challenge will hold in nearly 40 countries in Africa and in 60 countries worldwide and is aimed at supporting and rewarding young entrepreneurs in any business sector who have a project or business that is less than two years old. Check out the highlights of the maiden edition here.