Total Nigeria Plc and Total Upstream Companies in Nigeria launched the Challenge “Startupper of the year”, on November 1, 2015. Initiated simultaneously by the Total Group in 34 countries in Africa, the competition aimed to identify, reward and provide support to the best business creation and business development projects under two years of existence in Nigeria by Nigerians aged thirty-five years and below.
The online registration and submission portal was open from November 1, 2015 (8:00 GMT) to January 31, 2016 (23:00 GMT). A total number of 1,934 projects were submitted and evaluated to get the top 30. This was conducted, in accordance with the contest rules, by the first level reviewers who comprised of carefully selected professionals, business experts, professors and senior lecturers in Nigeria.
Thereafter there was a second level evaluation by a jury of professionals who reviewed and selected the top ten projects based on specific criteria which include innovation, originality, audacity and potential to impact on socio-economic development of the Nigerian society and its people. These finalists received high impact one-on-one coaching engagements with top business technocrats who served as mentors.
The top three projects were selected from the ten finalists at a pitch event on April 6, 2016 in Oriental Hotel, Lagos. This was after evaluation of their project presentations by the honourable ten-man Jury for the “Startupper of the year” Challenge in Nigeria.
The three best projects were awarded at the official awards ceremony which took place on April 22nd, 2016 by 10 am, at Oriental Hotel, Victoria Island Lagos.
The finalists are: Mr. Opeyemi Owosho of Fitco Tech Integrated Venture, who took first place position. Miss. Uzoma Eleke of Zeta Prime Alternative Technologies, who came second and Mr. Emeka Nwachinemere of Kitovu Ltd., who took third place in the challenge.
These winners received the Startupper 2016 Award by Total, as well as financial assistance and guidance from Total in Nigeria.
The Challenge, “Startupper of the Year by Total” stemmed from the Corporate Social Responsibility policy of Total to support the socio-economic development of all countries where the Group operates worldwide. It is an initiative with a very concrete response towards strengthening the industrial fabric and improving employment locally. Total is achieving this by providing support to these bold and highly innovative entrepreneurs to successfully develop and grow their projects.
This is in line with the values of the Total Group to support new initiatives that will improve the lives of communities across continents (https://startupper.total.com).