Startupper challenge

Total Fiji Managing Director Kazi Rahman (second from left) addresses the media during the 'Startupper of the Year' press conference at Holiday Inn Suva yesterday. Picture: JOVESA NAISUA

YOUNG entrepreneurs, especially females are being encouraged to apply for the Startupper challenge by Total.

Total Fiji managing director Kazi Rahman launched the challenge at the Holiday Inn Suva yesterday.

Mr Rahman said the program was aimed to encourage ideas that were practical and would make an impact on the community.

He said three winners would be selected with Total providing coaching and financial support to the winners.

The first winner will receive $30,000, second winner will get $20,000 while the third winner will get $15,000.

Mr Rahman said the campaign would also have a Top Female Entrepreneur Award.

He said with this special award this year, the company hoped to give the women entrepreneurs an extra push to take part, which was also aligned with other Total initiatives for women.

Dr Nur Bano Ali encouraged more women entrepreneurs to apply and applauded Total for the initiative that would support more females to come up with bankable ideas.

The Startupper Challenge was designed by Total to support and reward young entrepreneurs up to 35 years who have a project or have created a company in the past two years, regardless of their business sector.

The projects will be judged their innovative nature, their social and community impact and their feasibility and developmental potential.

Winners will also receive the Startupper of the year by Total label and will be eligible to receive professional support and an advertising campaign to provide their project with visibility.

Who can apply?

  • Age: Between 18 and 35 years
  • Activity: Any field of activity
  • Type of business: From Startup Ideas to Ventures less than two years old
  • Nationality: The founder must be a country national (Fijian)

Campaign ambassador Ajay Amrit said he was excited about it because the project would give an opportunity to young people to come up and showcase their business ideas and make a difference in their community.

Mr Amrit said the campaign would change the lives of three people and that of their families and people connected to them. Applications open on October 9 and will close on November 13 with winners announced in February next year.

The applications will be thoroughly judged by a panel of judges made of members from the private sector and the tertiary institutions.

ANZ Fiji country head Saud Minam who is part of the panel said the campaign was a platform for young people who had ideas and they would get mentored by the most senior people in business.

“No idea is a stupid idea and we encourage them to come up with such ideas that will get them to win this,” he said. Mr Amrit said roadshows would start soon and they would visit the various tertiary institutions to encourage students to apply and to raise more awareness on the campaign.

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