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TotalEnergies launches ‘Startupper of the year challenge for businesses

Joy Obakeye

TotalEnergies has launched the third edition ‘Startupper of the year Challenge’ to identify, reward and provide support to the best business creation, the best startup under three years old and the best female entrepreneur.

This was disclosed by the Executive General Manager, TotalEnergies Country Services, Nigeria, Olubunmi Popoola-Mordi, at a virtual press conference to announce the third edition of Startupper.

She explained that the initiative, which promotes innovative entrepreneurship in line with the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), will identify entrepreneurs with business creation projects or those having already created an innovative startup within the last 3 years, with a positive impact on their communities and on the planet regardless of the sector of activity.

According to her, the objective of the Challenge was informed by the desire to support young entrepreneurs between the ages of 18 and 35 years old in 32 participating countries.

She further stressed that there are three evaluation criteria which include; the response to one of the 17 sustainable developments as defined by UN, the innovative character of the project and feasibility and/or development potential.

“In all, N5 million each will be won in three categories; the best business creation project, the best startup under three years old and the best female entrepreneur.”

Popoola-Mordi, explained that TotalEnergies Startupper Project is to support young innovative entrepreneurs by not only giving them financial support but also customized coaching, an impactful and rewarding label and visibility.

“It is an initiative with a very concrete response towards strengthening and improving employment in Nigeria in line with the values of TotalEnergies to support new initiatives that will improve the lives of communities across continents,” she said.

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