Total Petroleum Ghana PLC announced the winners of the Third Edition of TotalEnergies Startupper Challenge.
After months of planning and searching for the next TotalEnergies Startupper winner, three of 15 finalists were chosen as the winners in each category.
The third edition of this challenge began with one ,229 application from 32 countries. It was then reduced to 15 applicants. On Friday, three of these candidates were chosen as the winners.
The criteria which consisted of Best Business Creation Project, Best Start-up Under 3 Years of Existence, and Best Female Entrepreneur were created out of Total Petroleum Ghana PLC’s desire to help young African entrepreneurs.
The winners of this challenge are Ariana Appiagyei Nimo, winner of Best Business Creation Project Mathias Charles Yabe, winner of Best Startup under 3 years and Anaporka Aazabra. They also won the Best Female Entrepreneur category.
The winners were each awarded an amount of GHC/70,000 which comes with extensive media publicity and one-year personalised coaching from business experts to help grow their individual businesses.
Speaking at TotalEnergies’ Startupper of The Year Awards in Accra to the winners of the Kempinski Gold Coast challenge, Andrew Egyapa Mercer, Deputy Minister for Energy said that entrepreneurship is one of the mainstays of formal industry because many graduates of tertiary colleges depend upon them.
Olufemi Baba Jide, Managing Director, Total Petroleum Ghana PLC spoke at the event. He stated that the TotalEnergies Group’s Startupper of the Year by TotalEnergies Challenge was an initiative to promote local entrepreneurship and to help develop the economic environment.
He also indicated that the company supports entrepreneurship in many ways.
“We also have the Total Young Dealer Program, which allows Total Service Station staff to move up from dealer to pump attendant positions. He said that station employees have the opportunity to be trained and groomed at the company in order to reach this level.
Among others, dignitaries were present at the event, including Andrew Egyapa Mercer (Deputy Minister of Energy), Kwaku Agyemang duah, Chief Executive Officer of Association of Oil Marketing Companies and Yaw Amoateng Afriyie (Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Ghana Investment Promotion Centre), among others.