Total South Africa Launches It’s New Challenge For Start-Ups

Total South Africa Launches It’s New Challenge For Start-Ups


Total South Africa launches the Challenge – Startupper of the year. Initiated by the Total Group in 34 African countries simultaneously, this contest aims at identifying, rewarding and accompanying the best projects in enterprise creation or development (less than 2-year old) in South Africa.

The winning projects will be granted the – Startupper of the year 2016 by Total title, enrol in business coaching and a chance to win a share of R1 200,000 prize money.

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This call for projects is free and open to any South African citizen, maximum 35-year old.

The application process will start on 1st November 2015 (8.00 AM GMT) and is directly available on the website. Candidates will be able to apply until 31st January 2016 (11.00 PM GMT).

Total South AfricaA jury of professionals will preselect up to ten of the best projects in South Africa based on the following criteria: How innovative, original, daring the project is, its development potential and its capacity to improve the living conditions of the populations.

The finalists’ list will be published on the website of the contest, following the final selection phase, which will end by March 15th.

After candidates’ defence, the jury will choose the best projects – three maximum – and the results will be announced during the awards ceremony.

The whole contest rules are freely available on line on the dedicated website.

The Challenge – Startupper of the year by Total – is part of Total’s global initiative of supporting the socio-economic development of all the countries where it operates worldwide.

It is a very concrete action launched to locally contribute to the reinforcement of the industrial fabric and to employment on the African continent, by supporting the most daring and innovative entrepreneurs in realising their project.

This approach targets the emergence of new initiatives, while respecting the Total Group values.

Are you interested? Watch the Challenge Video below:

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Total South Africa
Total South Africa is a subsidiary of Paris-based global energy group Total S.A. It is a leading energy solutions and petroleum company and is 49.9% locally owned. Total South Africa’s core business focus encompasses the manufacturing, sales and marketing of a range of petroleum products and lubricants for the retail, commercial, agricultural and industrial markets. With a portfolio of over 530 service stations across the country as well as holdings in the NATREF refinery, TOTAL is also a key player in the country’s petrochemical market.