TotalEnergies Nigeria has in Lagos announced winners of the 3rd edition of the Startupper of the Year Challenge intended to contribute to the development of the local economic environment.
With the Startupper challenge, TotalEnergies says it is showcasing its commitment to local entrepreneurship and encouraging young companies to integrate environmental and societal dimensions into their businesses.
The three best winners announced in the challenge include Mr. NonsoOpurum who was named the Best Startup under 3 Years. He evolved the SOSO CARE -a low cost insuretech which aims to use recyclable garbage as a financial resource.
There is also Mr. Michael Osumune who was named the Best Business Creation Project for his Smart Inverter System Project – a smart inverter system that is used in solar PV installation for energy conversion process inclusive of wireless internet access and AI-enabled security surveillance using face and people detection algorithm.
The next in the first three is Miss Rebecca Adeosun who emerged Best Female Entrepreneur for her Cycle, Organic Cycle – an Agro enterprise project that is aimed at curbing food wastage in Nigeria by up-cycling neglected Bio-waste into Bio-food, Bio-fertilizers and Bio-fuel.
TotalEnergies stated that the winners received a cheque of N5million each and will also benefit from personalised coaching and mentoring for the development and visibility of their projects.
The three winners would also be given the opportunity to compete with winners from other 31 countries in Africa. The continental winners will be announced at a ceremony later in the year in Paris-France.
In his address at the award ceremony, the Country Chair of TotalEnergies companies in Nigeria, Mr. Mike Sangster, represented by the Managing Director of TotalEnergies Marketing Nigeria PLC., Dr. Samba Seye, reaffirmed the company’s commitment to supporting the socio-economic development of the countries in which it operates.
“I believe today in our midst, we have entrepreneurs whose ideas can address some of the economic challenges Nigeria and other countries in Africa face. This is indeed, TotalEnergies vision for the Startupper: supporting young entrepreneurs in Africa to solve Africa’s economic problems.”
Mr. Sangster while noting that TotalEnergies cannot do it alone, enjoined other corporate organisations and individuals to join in identifying and supporting young entrepreneurs.
The 3rd edition of the Startupper in Nigeria attracted 4,460 applications with 15 entrepreneurs making the top final. The 15 Startuppers participated in a Booth Camp and pitched their ideas/projects before a jury comprising successful entrepreneurs, corporate managers, and CEOs.