Total Uganda has awarded shs130 million to the top three winners of the Startupper of the Year by Total challenge, as seed capital to kick-start and fund their business ideas.
The winners include; Gloria Nakyejwe Kalyango- proprietor of Eco-technologies who took home shs25m as second runner-up, Arthur Woniala- founder of Khainza energy who took home shs40m as first runner-up and Samuel Malinga- a consultant at Sanitation Africa who took home shs65m as the overall winner of the challenge.
The prize money was handed over to the winners at the Startupper of the Year by Total awards gala which was held at the Sheraton Kampala Hotel. The ceremony followed a four -month search for the most innovative and entrepreneurial business ideas by Total Uganda and Total E&P. The competition kicked off on November 03, 2015 and ended on March 12, 2016.
Speaking at the awards’ ceremony, Total Uganda’s Managing Director, Mr Florentine de Loppinot said, the competition received over 190 entries from Uganda alone and out of these, 10 competitive participants were chosen by a jury of ten.
“The 10 participants presented their projects to the jury on March 12th 2016 after a week-long boot camp at Garuga Beach Resort Hotel. Tonight, we honour the best of the best of Uganda’s young brilliant minds that were brave enough to share their dream with us,” De Loppinot said.
The challenge is part of Total Uganda and Total Group’s initiative to promote socioeconomic development in Uganda and on the African continent, bringing to life the brand’s thematic “energizing life”.
Also present at the same event was Total E&P’s General Manager- Mr. Adewale Fayemi who presided over the launch of the startupper by Total challenge in November last year.
In addition to the shs130 million financial support, the winning projects will be granted the title “Startupper of the year 2016 by Total” and coaching from Total Uganda on how best they can improve their projects for better results and resource utilization among other things. The seven finalists who didn’t make it to the top three were also awarded free Total Gaz cylinders worth, each and certificates of merit.