The process of shortlisting the entries submitted to the 2018-2019 Startupper of the Year by Total Challenge in Nigeria has been completed.
The 15 candidates shortlisted by Total for the final include Amoo Rebecca with Eliminating Post-Harvest Waste project; Ayegba Victor, Unique Multiaxial Enterprise project; Ezenwere Emmanuel Arone, Aerial logistics project; Hanson Anietie, Saint Hanson HealthCare project; Ijir Aondosoo, My Waste, My Energy project among others.
Their projects were selected out of more than 5,212 entries, through a questionnaire and a “Share for Likes” voting phase, before being reviewed by social business professionals.
The 15 finalists will receive coaching over two days before pitching their projects to the local jury, made up of Ayodeji Megbope, CEO, No Left overs; Bayo Rotimi, CEO Quest Advisory Services Limited; Bosun Tijani, CEO of Co-creation Hub; Ikpe, CEO Cars45; Funke Opeke, Founder/CEO MainOne Cable Company Limited; Iyinoluwa Aboyeji, Partner, Future Collectives; Mosunmola Abudu, CEO/Founder EbonyLife TV; Nasir Yammama, CEO/Founder Verdant AgriTech Limited; Obinna Ralph Ekezie, CEO/Founder Wakanow.comand Yewande Zaccheaus, CEO/Founder Eventful Limited.
When the final selection process closes on the 12th of February 2019, the jury will announce the names of the three winners of the 2018-2019 Startupper of the Year by Total Challenge in Nigeria. These young entrepreneurs will receive financial support of up to N6miilion personalized support and coaching from Total Nigeria and a communications campaign to publicize their project. There will also be a Top Female Entrepreneur award for one of the finalists to support her project. The prizes will be awarded at an official ceremony on the 13th of February, 2019.
The 2018-2019 Startupper of the Year by Total Challenge, held simultaneously in 55 countries — 37 of which are in Africa, 11 in the Asia-Pacific and Middle East region, 4 in the Americas and 3 in Europe — reaffirms Total’s commitment to social and economic development in host countries worldwide. By helping innovative young entrepreneurs to realize their projects, the Challenge strengthens the local social fabric.