Thursday, October 11, 2018

Total Philippines Corporation's first ever Total Startupper of the Year Challenge inspires Social Enterprises to Impact the World

Social Entrepreneurship has taken off for quite sone time and it has become as an economic catalyst for most countries. It plays a key role in linking economic and social value creation. Social Entrepreneurship turns innovative ideas into action for the benefit of the common good, creating new jobs in the process. It is seen as an effective vehicle for boost citizens’ participation in their local communities.

Total Startupper is a groundbreaking competition aimed at finding social enterprises and helping them become successful game-changers in the country.

Startupper of the Year by Total Challenge was first introduced in India. After its successful pilot run, the 2018-2019 Startupper of the Year by Total Challenge will select three winners from among the young local entrepreneurs in any business sector with a project or business less than two years old.

In the Philippines, a jury comprised of experts from Total, specialists from incubators and accelerators, business leaders and local community stakeholders.

“Total recognizes the creativity and passion of the Filipino youth. We are optimistic that the first run of Startupper of the Year by Total can spark positive change in the country through the efforts of the participants,” says Laurent Stouffe, Managing Director of Total (Philippines) Corporation.

The jury will designate a Top Female Entrepreneur in each participating country. This special award is Total’s way of encouraging more enterprising women to take part in the Challenge.

A grand jury will meet subsequently to select six overall Grand Winners from among the first-prize winners in each country.

Startupper Ambassador Natasha Batista (Operations Head, QBO Innovation Hub) along with Joan Javier and Malou Espina (Total VP for Marketing and Communications), walked us through the Startupper of The Year Challenge.

 More than just a business challenge, the 2018-2019 Startupper of the Year by Total Challenge also reaffirms Total’s commitment to capacity building in the countries where it operates, worldwide.

Interested applicants may submit their start-up ideas or project pitches from October 9 to November 13, 2018 at the Startupper of the Year by Total website. Simply logon to and submit your applications.

Do visit Total (Philippines) Corporation’s official Facebook page at for more information.

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