TOTAL AWARDS WINNERS FOR THE STARTUPPER CHALLENGE IN NIGERIA

 

Total Nigeria Plc and Total Upstream Companies in Nigeria launched the Challenge "Startupper of the year", on November 1, 2015. Initiated simultaneously by the Total Group in 34 countries in Africa, the competition aimed to identify, reward and provide support to the best business creation and business development projects under two years of existence in Nigeria by Nigerians aged thirty-five years and below.

The online registration and submission portal was open from November 1, 2015 (8:00 GMT) to January 31, 2016 (23:00 GMT), and was accessed directly at: http://startupper.total.com/. A total number of 1,934 projects were submitted and evaluated to get the top 72. This was conducted by the first level reviewers who comprised of carefully selected professionals, business experts, professors and senior lecturers in Nigeria. 

Thereafter there was a second level evaluation by a jury of professionals who reviewed and selected the top ten projects based on specific criteria which include innovation, originality, audacity and potential to impact on socio-economic development of the Nigerian society and its people. These finalists received high impact one-on-one coaching engagements with top business technocrats who served as mentors. 

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The top three projects were selected from the ten finalists at a pitch event on April 6, 2016 in Oriental Hotel, Lagos. This was after evaluation of their project presentations by the honourable ten-man Jury for the "Startupper of the year" Challenge in Nigeria. 

UZOMA RECEIVING HER N4MILLION FUND CHEQUE

OPEYEMI OWOSHO WINNER STARTUPPER OF THE YEAR  RECEIVING HIS N6 MILLION CHEQUE FROM THE CHAIRMAN FIRSTBANK Mrs. Ibukun Awosika

UZOMA RECEIVING HER N4MILLION FUND CHEQUE

UZOMA ELEKE 1ST RUNNER UP STARTUPPER OF THE YEAR  RECEIVING HER N4 MILLION CHEQUE FROM THE MD TOTAL NIGERIA PLC MR. ALEXIS VOVK

EMEKA RECEIVING HIS N2MILLION FUND CHEQUE

Emeka Nwachinemere 2ND RUNNER UP STARTUPPER OF THE YEAR  RECEIVING HIS N2 MILLION CHEQUE FROM THE DMD Deepwater District, TOTAL E&P NIGERIA LIMITED Mr. Ahmadu-Kida MUSA

The three best projects were awarded at the official awards ceremony which took place on April 22nd, 2016 by 10 am, at Oriental Hotel, Victoria Island Lagos. The finalists are: Mr. Opeyemi Owosho of  Fitco Tech Integrated Venture, who took first place position; Miss. Uzoma Eleke of Zeta Prime Alternative Technologies, who came second and Mr. Emeka Nwachinemere of Kitovu Ltd., who took third place in the challenge. These winners received the Startupper 2016 Award by Total, as well as financial assistance and guidance from the Total Group in Nigeria.

The Challenge, "Startupper of the Year by Total” stemmed from the Corporate Social Responsibility policy of Total to support the socio-economic development of all countries where the Group operates worldwide. It is an initiative with a very concrete response towards strengthening the industrial fabric and improving employment locally. Total is achieving this by providing support to these bold and highly innovative entrepreneurs to successfully develop and grow their projects. This is in line with the values of the Total Group to support new initiatives that will improve the lives of communities across continents.
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PRESS CONTACTS: 

Mr. Charles Ogan                                                 
Deputy General Manager                                    
Policy, Media & Coordination                              
Total Upstream Companies in Nigeria              
Email: charles.ogan@total.com
 

Mr. Albert Mabuyaku
Corporate Affairs Manager
Total Nigeria Plc
Email: aomabuyaku@total.com.ng
 

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ABOUT TOTAL GROUP IN NIGERIA
TOTAL has been serving the Nigerian upstream hydrocarbons industry for half a century, in partnership with the Nigerian Government and in different equity associations with other private companies The upstream activities are carried out by the following entities: Total E&P Nigeria Limited (TEPNG), incorporated in May 1962 and operator of the NNPC/TEPNG Joint Venture, TOTAL Upstream Nigeria Limited (TUPNI) and various other TOTAL E&P Deepwater subsidiary companies. Total E&P Nigeria is the country's fourth-largest oil and gas producer through its involvement in more than 50 permits, including nine as operator.

Total Nigeria Plc is a Marketing and Services subsidiary of Total; a multinational energy company operating in more than 130 countries and committed to providing sustainable products and services for its customers. For over 50 years, Total Nigeria Plc has remained the leader in the downstream sector of the Nigerian oil and gas industry with an extensive distribution network of over 500 service stations nationwide and a wide range of top quality energy products and services. TOTAL NIGERIA PLC (RC 1396) was incorporated as a private company on June 1, 1956 to market petroleum products in Nigeria. In September 11, 2001, the company had a successful merger which paved way for sustainable growth and continuous development.

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