Total Launches Startupper Of The Year Challenge In South Africa @Total @TotalSAfrica

In South Africa Total South Africa launches the Challenge: Startupper of the Year.

Initiated by the Total Group in 34 African countries simultaneously, this contest aims at identifying, rewarding and accompanying the best projects in enterprise creation or development (less than 2-year old) in South Africa. The winning projects will be granted the « Startupper of the year 2016 by Total title, enrol in business coaching and a chance to win a share of R1 200,000 worth of prize money.

This call for projects is free and open to any South African citizen, maximum 35-year old.

The application process will start on 1st November 2015 (8.00 AM GMT) and is directly available on the website: startupper.total.com. Candidates will be able to apply until 31st January 2016 (11.00 PM GMT). The whole contest rules are freely available on line on the dedicated website.

A jury of professionals will pre-select up to ten of the best projects in South Africa based on the following criteria: how innovative, original, daring the project is, its development potential and its capacity to improve the living conditions of the populations.

The finalists’ list will be published on the website of the contest, following the final selection phase, which will end by March 15th. After candidates’ defence, the jury will choose the best projects – three maximum – and the results will be announced during the awards ceremony.

The Challenge: Startupper of the Year by Total is part of Total’s global initiative of supporting the socioeconomic development of all the countries where it operates worldwide. It is a very concrete action launched to locally contribute to the reinforcement of the industrial fabric and to employment on the African continent, by supporting the most daring and innovative entrepreneurs in realizing their project. This approach targets the emergence of new initiatives, while respecting the Total Group values.

Total is a worldwide and global energy group, one of the first international oil and gas companies, n°2 in solar energy worldwide. Its 100 000 employees contribute to the Group’s mission: commit to better energy, a safer, cleaner, more efficient, more innovative energy, affordable for most people. Present in more than 130 countries, Total does everything it can to make its activities bring about positive outcomes in the economic, social and environmental spheres.

Total puts in place ambitious exploration campaigns and permanently carries on its efforts to increase production oil fields’ reserves in order to prepare a sustainable energy future in Africa. Innovating to mobilize new resources and transferring our know-how to young generations are our priorities for unveiling and developing the unique potential of this continent. Besides, the Group is the first distributor of oil products (petroleum, lubricants, bitumens, GPL, etc) on the continent. Thanks to its historical roots, the excellence of its products and services, or due to the 4200 Total gas stations present in forty countries, the Group appears as the energy company reference, close to its individual and business clients. Our objective is to facilitate the widest access to energy, which also involves developing complementary – and cheaper – sources of energy, such as solar energy, by selling solar equipment for instance.

Listening to our stakeholders, we act with them to foster economic development, employment, education and health. www.total.com.

About Total in South Africa
Total South Africa is a subsidiary of Paris-based global energy group Total S.A. It is a leading energy solutions and petroleum company and is 49.9% locally owned. Total South Africa’s core business focus encompasses the manufacturing, sales and marketing of a range of petroleum products and lubricants for the retail, commercial, agricultural and industrial markets. With a portfolio of over 530 service stations across the country as well as holdings in the NATREF refinery, TOTAL is also a key player in the country’s petrochemical market.

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