2015 Startupper Challenge by Total
2015 Startupper Challenge by Total

Total E&P brings to you a unique opportunity to start up and grow your business through its funding and mentoring programme tagged “Startupper of the year by Total challenge”.

And so,

Are you under 35 years old? Do you want to create a business or develop one that is less than two years old? Are you a citizen of one of these 34 African countries: Algeria, Angola, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chad, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Ghana, Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Republic of Guinea, Republic of the Congo, Reunion, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, Zambia or Zimbabwe?* 

If so, this challenge is for you!

Indeed, if you are currently preparing a business plan or are in the early stages of creating your own business, you are eligible to enter the challenge.

Total believes that Ideas deserve support, especially great ones. And promising ideas deserve a helping hand

The Startupper Challenge is interested in all your projects, regardless of the type of business or activity, as long as they share the characteristics common to creative start-ups: innovation, competitiveness, growth boosting and job creation.


As a contestant, you must be a citizen of the country where your application is submitted in order to create or develop your project there.

Only one application by contestant is admitted.

Think Global, Act Local-What challenges need to be tackled where you live? How will your innovative project address them? After you show us how, we’ll support those of you who will inspire, create, invest, hire and produce, all to transform “your” world

Assessment process

In each of the 34 countries in which the “Startupper of the Year by Total” contest will be held, a jury of businesspeople led by a chairman will be created. It will have at least 10 members, including the CEOs of Total’s affiliates in the country. The jury will include managers from national and international companies drawn from a wide variety of business sectors (banking, finance, industry, service, etc.), representatives of public and semipublic organizations, officials from institutions, officials from national and international organizations and/or recognized experts and analysts. The jury will receive, evaluate and select the projects.

On completion of the pre-selection stage, the jury in each of the 34 countries will select up to 10 finalists of the best projects submitted. The finalists will then be invited to present their project orally to the jury, which will select up to three winners.


To get their business project off the ground or develop a business less than two years old, each winner of the “Startupper of the year by Total” challenge will receive individual coaching. On completion of the coaching, Total will also provide financial support for their project.

How to Enter the Challenge

To enter, create your profile and provide the required information online. To support, justify and illustrate your project, you can attach as many documents as you wish to your application, including:

  • your résumé,
  • your business plan,
  • your financing plan,
  • your partnership strategy,
  • an executive summary,
  • a marketing brochure,
  • your logo,
  • your graphic standards,
  • and/or a photo or video presentation, etc.

Selection criteria

Maximize Your Chances!

Be clear, concise and efficient. Demonstrate your thoroughness, precision, knowledge and desire to be an entrepreneur. In each of the 34 countries, “Startupper of the year by Total” jury will evaluate the innovativeness, boldness and originality of your project, along with its social and economic impact, feasibility, sustainability and potential in terms of growth, development and employment.

Important: To boost your score, do not overlook anything. Treat everything as important. That is, give every information that you believe will be useful for the application

Deadline for submission of Applications is January 31, 2016

Create a profile HERE to participate in the challenge.

Get more Information about the Challenge HERE

Good Luck!


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