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The Startupper Challenge of the Year by Total in nearly 60 countries

Ideas need energy to grow!

Following the success of the first edition launched in 2015 in more than 30 African countries, Total renews the Startupper Challenge of the Year in 2018, and this time, worldwide, in nearly 60 countries spread over all continents.



The Startupper Challenge of the Year by Total 2018-2019 will support and reward young local entrepreneurs with a project or a business created less than 2 years ago, whatever the sector of activity. In each participating country*, a local jury made up of Total experts, people from the start-up world, business managers and local actors in the social life, will select three winners.

Projects will be evaluated in relation to three criteria:

  • their innovative character;
  • their social and societal impact;
  • their feasibility and potential for development.


Each winner will receive the “Startupper of the Year by Total” label and will be able to benefit from a financial support of 25,000 EUR in total, a professional accompaniment and a communication campaign to give visibility to their project.

New this year: the awarding of a label “Feminine Coup de Coeur” by country in order to support women entrepreneurs. With this special prize, complementary to the other prizes, Total encourages women to participate in greater numbers in the Startupper Challenge.

In a second stage, a Grand Jury will meet to select six “Great Winners” worldwide among the winners of each country.

Beyond an entrepreneurial challenge, the Startupper Challenge of the Year 2018-2019 reaffirms Total’s desire to support the socio-economic development of all the countries in which the Group operates worldwide. It contributes locally to the reinforcement of the social fabric through the support provided to the most innovative entrepreneurs in the realization of their project.

Registrations will be open from 9 October and can be accessed directly online at Candidates will then have until 13 November to fill out their application form.


About Total Romania

Total Romania was created in 2005 after the economic junction between Total (France) and Lustic (Romania). Currently, the company is based in Bucharest and owns a plant in Cristian, Brasov, a bitumen depot in Ozun, Covasna and covers complex business areas such as: production of lubricants and greases, distribution and sale of lubricants and special fluids, storage, distribution and sale of bitumen.

Destined to be a reference in the local market and just as involved in its commitment to better energy, Total Romania offers a full range of personalized services and advanced solutions dedicated to a wide range of areas: cars and motorcycles, agriculture, heavy transport, public works, industry, shipping, aeronautics.


About Total

Total is a worldwide and global energy group, one of the largest international oil and gas companies and a major player in low-carbon energy. Its 98,000 employees are committed to a better, safer, cleaner, more efficient, more innovative and more accessible energy. Present in more than 130 countries, Total strives to ensure that its activities are accompanied by positive economic, social and environmental benefits.

* South Africa, Algeria, Angola, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Cameroon, Chile, Congo, Cote d’Ivoire, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Fiji, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea Conakry, Equatorial Guinea, Jamaica, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Madagascar, Malaysia, Malawi, Mali, Morocco, Mauritius, Mauritania, Mexico, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Uganda, Pakistan, Philippines, Poland, Dominican Republic, Czech Republic, Romania, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Chad, Thailand, Togo, Tunisia, Vietnam, Zambia and Zimbabwe and concerning France are concerned only New Caledonia, Mayotte, Polynesia and Reunion.



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