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Startupper of the Year Challenge by TotalEnergies Edition 4

Are you a young entrepreneur between 18 and 35 years old?

Do you have a startup less than 3 years old or a project/idea that you care about and would like to develop in the next months?

Is it innovative, with a positive impact on communities and/or the planet?

If so, try to be one of the 100 startuppers of the year 2024!

Sign up from April 30 to June 18

The Startupper of the Year Challenge by TotalEnergies is back in 32 African countries for a special edition celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Company!

This 4th edition aims to support and encourage young African entrepreneurs to innovate and bring their projects to reality in their country of application.

Are you owning a startup less than 3 years old or pioneering with a business idea to develop? If so, the challenge is for you!

All business creation project holders and owners of startups under 3 years old with a positive impact on their communities and/or the planet can participate!

The challenge is open to young entrepreneurs between the ages of 18 and 35.

The call for projects is open from April, 30 to June, 18

Who can participate?

Image 1You must be between 18 and 35 years old (born between May 1, 1988 and April 30, 2006)


Image 2You must be a resident of the country where you apply


You must have:

Image 3A STARTUP. Under 3 years old with a registration in the application country no earlier than April 30, 2020


Image 4A BUSINESS IDEA, which could be developed a few months after the challenge

32 participating countries

  • North Africa
    • Morocco
    • Algeria
    • Egypt
    • Tunisia
  • West Africa
    • Ivory Coast
    • Senegal
    • Guinea Conakry
    • Burkina Faso
    • Nigeria
    • Ghana
    • Togo
  • Central Africa
    • Gabon
    • Cameroon
    • Democratic Republic of the Congo
    • Congo Brazzaville
    • Equatorial Guinea
  • East Africa & Indian Ocean
    • Uganda
    • Tanzania
    • Kenya
    • Ethiopia
    • Eritrea
    • Mauritius
    • Madagascar
    • Mayotte
    • La Réunion
  • Southern Africa
    • Zambia
    • Zimbabwe
    • Mozambique
    • Angola
    • Namibia
    • Malawi
    • South Africa

3 Categories

Become one of the 100 Startuppers of the year by TotalEnergies, rewarded among one of our categories.

  • 1 Winner per category will be rewarded in each participating country
  • 4 additional Winners will be selected by an international jury in the Power’Up category

To reward the best entrepreneurs, should they own a startup of less than three years or come with a mature business idea.

To reward startup or business ideas exemplifying the principle of circular economy.

To reward startups or business ideas that aim to promote, create, produce, or use sustainable and affordable energies.

Discover the rewards and benefits of the 100 Startuppers of the year:

To support the development of your startup or business idea.

Please refer to the competition rules to find out more about the rewards.

4 evaluation criteria

Applications will be evaluated according to 4 selection criteria, check our criteria to learn more:

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.

Please visit https://sdgs.un.org/goals for more information.