TotalEnergies splashes N15m on 3 entrepreneurs in Startup Challenge – The Sun Nigeria
By Adewale Sanyaolu
In its bid to support young entrepreneurs in Africa as well as in Nigeria, Total Energies has awarded 15 million naira to the winners of the 2021 edition of its Startupper of the Year Challenge.
The challenge, according to the company, is in its third edition and aims to support the local economic fabric as well as to create an entrepreneurial ecosystem in which young people will be visibly supported.
The winners of the three categories were carefully selected by a jury of experts and successful entrepreneurs from among the top 15 finalists. In addition, they have been evaluated on the basis of their innovative character, their feasibility and their development potential in line with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), as defined by the United Nations (UN).
Winners include; Michael Osumune of Smart Inverter Systems, designed to provide solar electricity, which won Best Startup Project category, Best Startup Under 3 Years won by Nonso Opurum of Soso Care and Rebecca Adeosun of Organic Cycle who won the Best Female Entrepreneur category.
In separate interviews with Daily Sun, they thanked the company for giving them the platform to show their potential while urging young Nigerians to harness initiatives like this and vowed to make Nigeria proud when the grand finale of the competition which takes place in France.
Earlier in his welcome address, the Country Chairman of Total Energies Company in Nigeria, Mike Sangster, who was represented by the Managing Director of Total Energies Marketing Nigeria Plc, Dr Samba Seye, said that the Startup Challenge reaffirms the company’s commitment to supporting society. economic development of the countries in which the company operates in Africa.
For her part, the Executive Director General of Total Energies Country Services, Olubunmi Popoola-Mordi, said the emergence of the winners showed that there is hope for Nigeria.
“Looking at these top runners up, I think there is hope for this country. For the people who can sit down and think of all the wonderful big ideas despite the toughness despite the difficulty, that means we have revived people and the actualization and possibilities of their dreams of their visions and ideas that will positively impact Nigeria and Nigerians.
We registered approximately more than 34,513 applications of which 13,885 were complete. I think what is very important is that we had 26%. 100 of female entrepreneurs. It is about encouraging women and therefore 26% of women entrepreneurs participated in this process,” she said.