TotalEnergies Startupper of the Year Challenge 2021/2022 for African Entrepreneurs – Up to $30,000

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TotalEnergies Startupper of the Year Challenge 2021/2022: Are you a young entrepreneur? Do you have a project you believe in? Is it innovative and does it address a social or community challenge in your country or for your fellow citizens? Register and apply now. You could be the Startupper of the Year

Application Deadline: 23rd December 2021

Eligible Projects: All projects are eligible 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.

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About The TotalEnergies Startupper of the Year:

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!

Tell us how your project will help more and more people over time, at home or even abroad. Tell us how it empowers people, improves living conditions, and contributes to overall economic well-being.

Through TotalEnergies Startupper of the Year, 3 winners from each country will receive financial support, extensive publicity and coaching. From among these 3 winners per country, we will select grand winners by region, who will be offered additional support.

Anyone can change the world — teenagers or graduates, men or women. As long as you believe in your project and want to make things better, take this opportunity to participate. You could be the next Startupper of the Year or the Top Female Entrepreneur!

Type: Contest


  • Best business creation project
  • Best startup under 3 years old*
  • Best female entrepreneur

Selection Criteria: 

  • Sustainable Development
  • Innovation
  • Project feasibility

Target 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)

Number of Winners: up to 3 winners per country

Value of TotalEnergies Startupper of the Year: 

  • Financial support
  • Media
  • Coaching

How to Apply for TotalEnergies Startupper of the Year: Click on the continent for the list of participating countries. By clicking the name of the country, you will be directed to your local website to participate. Don’t forget you must be a country national to participate!

Visit TotalEnergies Startupper of the Year Webpage for Details


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