Startupper Challenge of the year by TotalEnergies
The applications for the Startupper of the year Challenger by TotalEnergies are now open! Participate, and become the Startupper of the Year!
If you have an idea or a project in mind: you will apply in the category "business creation project"
If you have a company registered that is less than 3 years ago: you will apply in the category "startup under 3 years"
3 prizes will be awarded in each country to:
- The best business creation project
- The best startup under 3 years old
- The best female entrepreneur
The best female entrepreneur will apply in one of the two categories. She will be able to receive a maximum of 2 prizes: a prize in her category, and the prize for the best female entrepreneur. The latter is determined according to her personality and her background.
You have until December 23rd to participate!
Click on one of the two categories below.
The Startupper of the year Challenge by TotalEnergies is back for its 3rd edition in 32 African countries! Its goal is to support young African entrepreneurs between the ages of 18 and 35.
All business creation's project holders and young innovative startups with a positive impact on their communities and the planet can participate!
Are you a pioneer with a project or a startup that can make a difference in your country?
Don't wait any longer, apply now
Become Startupper of the year!
*Startup created after December 24, 2018
Rewards and benefits
3 evaluation criteria
In 2015, the United Nations and its Member States adopted the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which forge a reference framework for 2030 to address the global challenges of poverty, environmental protection, peace and prosperity. TotalEnergies committed in 2016 to help achieve the SDGs and to structure its responsible development approach and make a significant contribution to this collective effort. Thus, aware of the importance of these issues, your project or startup should meet one or more of these objectives.
Will be assessed according to the contribution of new and/or complementary solutions to meet some of the challenges in your country. The innovation is not necessarily technological, it can simply relate to the way of communicating with the beneficiaries, the diversity of the actors involved, or offer new forms of organisation and governance.
Particular attention will be paid to the feasibility and development potential of each project. In the case of a business creation project, a viable economic model, complementary and relevant skills for the project and a clear vision of its development will be used to evaluate this criterion. This is important as we want to support our winners in the long-term.
32 participating countries
- Ivory Coast
- Equatorial Guinea
- Democratic Republic of the Congo
- Republic of the Congo
- Reunion Island-Mayotte Island
- South Africa
The different phases of the Challenge
Discover the african grand winners of the previous edition
Nonhlanhla B. PHALAMA: Davinon Hydroponics Project - South Africa
Davinon Hydroponics aims to establish 50x30m hydroponics farms in rural schools and orphanages across the country. This socially-focused project is based on a model where 30% of all profit is re-invested back into the schools where the hydroponics farms are set up. This will in turn enable the schools to improve their facilities and quality of education. This solar-based solution is targeted at rural communities where there is little or no access to electricity and will contribute towards sustainable employment in the region.
"If I had one word to describe the Startupper of the year Challenge by TotalEnergies, it would be monumental or epic, I would describe it as such, because of the impact it has had on our business, as well as the communities we serve."
Olumide OGUNBANJO: AgroData Network Project - Nigeria
AgroData Network promotes sustainable farming through community beekeeping: startup maps honeybee activity using earth observation technologies and has since invented the "iSmarthive" (a smart beehive), creating a Community-Bees Agrifood Network. A bee-centred farming model in which hives are installed on small farms for free, to optimise the pollination of crops by bees. This alternative farming system improves agricultural productivity and reduces dependence on inorganic fertilisers.
"I encourage Nigerian start-ups to take a chance and apply for the Startupper of the year Challenge by TotalEnergies, which will help you grow your business and achieve your dreams."
Arnold MUGAGGA: SeatPack Project - Uganda
Seatpack develops a schoolbag that performs the functions of a desk, transforming into a chair with a notepad. It was built for school children aged 5 to 13 whose classrooms lack furniture.
"Beyond the financial prize, the Startupper of the year Challenge by TotalEnergies allowed me to rethink my solution and rework it. The personalised coaching was the highlight of the Challenge that allowed me to develop my startup."