It was an exciting night at Sheraton’s Lions Bar as Total officially launched the StartUpper of the year Challenge for young entrepreneurs who would wish to take their business ideas to the next level. Many young business minded individuals have developed concepts and ideas that have stayed un tapped and now Total wants to inject some much-needed energy into them for the dreamers to achieve their goals.
Total has injected Shs. 130million at stake for the three best projects that the jury will select and nominate for the award of STARTUPPER OF THE YEAR label which comes with financial support and coaching from Total Uganda. The awards that were launched in Uganda at a colourful ceremony will also run in 34 other countries around the world simultaneously.
Speaking at the launch dinner where the Jury was also announced, Total Uganda Managing Director, Florentin De-Loppinot emphasised Total’s commitments in helping Ugandan’s especially the youth, fight poverty and unemployment by supporting viable projects that will make young entrepreneurs grow and develop into potential employers in the near future.
“We have put an age limit of 35 years because we believe the youth are vital in realizing the social economic development of this country,” De Loppinot noted.
The challenge, to support innovative projects in the country is free and open to any Ugandan citizen aged 35 years and below and will be open for submission till 31st of January 2016. Rules and guidelines on how to register and participate can be found at www.startupper.total.com. The application process started on 1st November 2015.
The Challenge will support fresh ideas or innovative projects which are less than 2-years old must be innovative, original, with a development potential and capacity to improve the living conditions of the populations.