Following the success of the first Startupper of the Year Challenge, held in 2015 in more than 30 African countries, Total is bringing it back in 2018, this time in almost 60 countries worldwide, Romania included.
The 2018-2019 Startupper of the Year by Total Challenge will support and reward young local entrepreneurs in any business sector with a project or business less than two years old. In each participating country a local jury comprised of experts from Total, specialists from incubators and accelerators, business leaders and local community stakeholders will select three winners.
The projects will be assessed based on their: Innovative nature, Social and community impact, Feasibility and development potential.
The winners will be awarded the “Startupper of the Year by Total” labels and receive financial support of 25,000 EUR in total, plus professional coaching and extensive publicity to advertise their project.
New this year: To support women entrepreneurs, the jury will also designate a Top Female Entrepreneur in each country. This special award, which is in addition to the other awards, is Total’s way of encouraging more women to take part in the Challenge.
A grand jury will meet subsequently to select six overall Grand Winners from among the first-prize winners in each country.
More than just a business challenge, the 2018-2019 Startupper of the Year by Total Challenge also reaffirms Total’s commitment to capacity building in the countries where it operates, worldwide. By helping innovative young entrepreneurs to realize their projects, the Challenge strengthens the local social fabric.
Registration opens on October 9 at http://startupper.total.com/. Candidates will have until November 13 to submit their applications.
Total Romania was founded in 2005 as an economic partnership between the companies Total (France) and Lustic (Romania). Today, the company based in Bucharest owns a factory in Cristian, Brasov, a bitumen deposit in Ozun, Covasna, and covers complex areas of activity: production of lubricants, distribution and sale of lubricants and special fluids, storage, distribution and sale of bitumen.