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Startupper challenge 2021

Startupper of the Year - Startupper of the year Challenge by TotalEnergies

Startupper Challenge of the year by TotalEnergies

The applications for the Startupper of the year Challenger by TotalEnergies are now open! Participate, and become the Startupper of the Year!

If you have an idea or a project in mind: you will apply in the category "startup under 3 years"

If you have a company registered that is less than 3 years ago: you will apply in the category "business creation project"

3 prizes will be awarded in Kenya to:

  • The best business creation project - Ksh 1,650,0000
  • The best startup under 3 years old - Ksh 1,650,0000
  • The best female entrepreneur - Ksh 1,650,0000

The best female entrepreneur will apply in one of the two categories. She will be able to receive a maximum of 2 prizes: a prize in her category, and the prize for the best female entrepreneur. The latter is determined according to her personality and her background.

You have until December 23rd to participate!

Click on one of the two categories below.


The Startupper of the year Challenge by TotalEnergies is back for its 3rd edition in 32 African countries! Its goal is to support young African entrepreneurs between the ages of 18 and 35.

All business creation's project holders and young innovative startups with a positive impact on their communities and the planet can participate!

Are you a pioneer with a project or a startup that can make a difference in your country?


3 evaluation criteria

In 2015, the United Nations and its Member States adopted the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which forge a reference framework for 2030 to address the global challenges of poverty, environmental protection, peace and prosperity. TotalEnergies committed in 2016 to help achieve the SDGs and to structure its responsible development approach and make a significant contribution to this collective effort. Thus, aware of the importance of these issues, your project or startup should meet one or more of these objectives.

Will be assessed according to the contribution of new and/or complementary solutions to meet some of the challenges in your country. The innovation is not necessarily technological, it can simply relate to the way of communicating with the beneficiaries, the diversity of the actors involved, or offer new forms of organisation and governance.

Particular attention will be paid to the feasibility and development potential of each project. In the case of a business creation project, a viable economic model, complementary and relevant skills for the project and a clear vision of its development will be used to evaluate this criterion. This is important as we want to support our winners in the long-term.

32 participating countries

  • North Africa
    • Algeria
    • Egypt
    • Morocco
    • Mauritania
    • Tunisia
  • West Africa
    • Ivory Coast
    • Ghana
    • Guinea
    • Nigeria
    • Senegal
    • Togo
  • Central Africa
    • Cameroon
    • Gabon
    • Equatorial Guinea
    • Democratic Republic of the Congo
    • Republic of the Congo
  • East Africa
    • Ethiopia
    • Eritrea
    • Kenya
    • Reunion Island-Mayotte Island
    • Madagascar
    • Uganda
    • Tanzania
  • Austral Africa
    • South Africa
    • Angola
    • Botswana
    • Eswatini
    • Malawi
    • Mozambique
    • Namibia
    • Zambia
    • Zimbabwe
Select Country from Africa

The different phases of the Challenge

Discover the African grand winners of the previous edition