As a young entrepreneur you will agree that one of the major challenge faced when starting up a business is that of funding, with this as an issue many great ideas have been dormant while the brain behind it, frustrated.
Total has created a unique opportunity for start-ups in Africa and has promised to give you a helping hand by energizing your startup financially and to coach you along the way towards achieving your dreams. The challenge is open to entrepreneurs under 35 years of age who want to create a business or develop one that is less than two years old, a business or project that has the following creative start-up characteristics; innovation, competitiveness, growth boosting and job creation and is 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 you meet these requirements, this challenge is for you! All you need do is sign up, create your profile and participate in the challenge.
Projects submitted by entrepreneurs will be evaluated after which 10 entrepreneurs will be selected for the finals, the selected finalists will be asked to present their projects orally to the jury, after which three winners will emerge. The selected winners will receive the Startupper of The Year label by Total, financial assistance for their project and will be trained individually.
Click here for more information about participating in the Total Startupper of the year.
I might not know who the winner would be, but one thing I am certain of is this… He or She participated in the challenge just as you are about to right now. Why not give it a try? Besides there’s no harm in that. Best of luck!