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Startupper of the Year Challenge by Total

Are you a young entrepreneur? Do you have a project you believe in? Apply for the Startupper of the Year Challenge by Total. 

Total aims to support good ideas and projects that help address a widespread problem affecting communities in your country. It could be about providing educational opportunities, reducing child mortality, improving public health, developing access to electricity in rural areas, improving road safety on the roads or building houses with eco-friendly materials — in fact, anything that could make life better in your country.

After the success of the first Challenge in 34 African countries, this year’s has been extended to a total of 55 countries around the world.

3 winners from each country will receive financial support, extensive publicity and coaching. From among these 3 winners per country, TOTAL will select grand winners by region, who will be offered additional support.

This year, a Top Female Entrepreneur category has been introduced. During the first Challenge, women accounted for almost 25% of the winners, even though they only made up 13% of the applicants. With this special award this year, TOTAL hopes to give the women entrepreneurs an extra push to take part. It is also aligned with other Total initiatives for women.


Selection Criteria

Age: The project or business owner must not be more than 35 years old.

Nationality: The participant must be a citizen of the country where he/she participates. 

  • • Europe: Poland, Czech Republic, Romania
  • • Africa: Algeria, Angola, Botswana, Burkina, Cameroon, Congo, Ivory Coast, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea Equatorial, Guinea, Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Morocco, Mauritius, Mauritania, Mayotte, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Uganda, Réunion, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Africa Tanzania, Chad, Togo, Tunisia, Zambia, Zimbabwe
  • • Asia and the Pacific: Cambodia, Fiji, Jordan, Lebanon, Malaysia, New Caledonia, Pakistan, Philippines, French Polynesia, Thailand, Vietnam
  • • North and South America: Chile, Jamaica, Mexico, Dominican Republic


Project age: The project can be an idea or a start-up created within the last two years. 

Social and community impact: The project should offer a practical way of addressing a public health, safety, education, accessibility.

Innovation: Innovation isn’t necessarily revolutionary, involving something brand new or a total transformation. It can be incremental as well, improving an existing technology,  

Potential and feasibility: Projects that demonstrate feasibility and have the potential to benefit a broader public. 


Rewards and Benefits

3 Winners

  • • Financial support
  • • Heightened exposure (Media, PR, networking)
  • • Coaching


6 Grand Regional Winners 

The first-place winner from each country will then compete for one of the six “Grand Regional Winner” awards!

The Top Female Entrepreneur 

  • • Networking
  • • Coaching/Mentoring


Startup for better energy

Possible partnership with the Total affiliate in the country (Optional. Details are specified in the Local Terms & Conditions.)

For more info and to submit your project visit the website. To apply, click on the continent for the list of participating countries. By cling the name of the country, you will be directed to your local website to participate.

Deadline: November 13, 2018


Application Process