TotalEnergies to award African startups as it celebrates 100 years this year

Dar es Salaam: TotalEnergies has opened another round of startup challenge which seeks to award 100 entrepreneurs from across Africa.

This year’s edition which involves 32 African countries where the company operates, is treated “special” as the company celebrates 100th anniversary, the company said in a statement.

The challenge dubbed “Startupper of the Year by TotalEnergies” is entering the fourth edition after successful events in the past years.

“This new edition kicking off today reaffirms TotalEnergies’ commitment to promoting innovation and entrepreneurship and supporting the socio-economic development of African countries in which the company is present,” the firm said in a statement.

“The challenge strengthens the social fabric in local communities by helping the continent’s most innovative entrepreneurs carry out their projects,” it added.

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Since the start of the challenge in 2015, some 365 winners – selected from among some 40,000 applications received – have been rewarded and supported worldwide, the company stated.

During the 2021/2022 edition in Tanzania, TotalEnergies Marketing Tanzania recognised three young entrepreneurs in the categories of best startup under three years, best business creation idea, and best female entrepreneur.

For this 2024/2025 edition of the challenge, TotalEnergies will support and reward young entrepreneurs aged 18 to 35 living in Tanzania who have a business creation project or a startup under three years old, in any business sector.

A local jury comprised of experts, business leaders, startup ecosystem participants, local sustainability stakeholders and representatives from TotalEnergies Marketing Tanzania will select three winners in the categories of the best entrepreneur, the best project relating to the circular economy, and the best project relating to sustainable, affordable energy.

Registration of the startups will last until June 18th 2024 as all project entries will be assessed against four criteria: relevance to sustainable development challenges; innovation; feasibility and development potential; and respect for gender equality and inclusion of women in the project.

Each winner will benefit from a monetary award of 20m/- million personalised support and a communication campaign to enhance their project’s visibility.

Winners will also have the opportunity to promote their project during a celebratory event, the details of which will be released at a later date.

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