TOTAL launches the StartUpper of Year Challenge

TOTAL launches the Startupper of Year Challenge

October 10, 2018 - Manila, Total Philippines launched its global program of the StartUpper of the Year Challenge. The competition is just a shot in the arm which the local start up community needs to jump-start the innovation and talent of the younger generation.

In its journey to become the responsible energy major, Total (Philippines) Corporation launched Startupper of the Year by Total, an idea-pitching competition that wants to discover groundbreaking initiatives and social enterprises for the Philippines.

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. “Total recognizes the creativity and passion of the Filipino youth. We are optimistic that the first run of Startupper of the Year by Total can spark positive change in the country through the efforts of the participants,” says Laurent Stouffe, Managing Director of Total (Philippines) Corporation

Each winner will be awarded the “Startupper of the Year by Total” label and receive financial support of at most Php 750,000, plus professional coaching and extensive publicity to advertise their project.

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.

Interested Applicants can start submitting their start-up ideas or project pitches from October 9 to November 13, 2018, at the Startupper of the Year by Total website. Simply logon to and submit your applications

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