TotalEnergies Ethiopia Reveals Winners of 2022 Startup Challenge

ADDIS ABABA – TotalEnergies Ethiopia on Wednesday announced the winners of the Startupper of the Year Challenge 2022 edition.

The company launched the Challenge a few months ago in search of the best startups run by entrepreneurs between the ages of 18 and 35.

A total of 888 startups submitted their application for this year’s Startup challenge, of which 355 completed in three categories – the Best business creation project, Best female entrepreneur, and Best startup under three years of age.

The organizers eventually picked 15 finalists who were able to pitch their project to a jury of experts. TotalEnergies Ethiopia said the jury chose a tutorial service provider, a renewable energy business, and a STEM education and research center as the best startuppers.

The winners of each of the categories received their awards in a ceremony held at Hyatt Regency on Wednesday evening.

Best Business Creation

The juries also picked Hoheyat Berhanu for the Best Business Creation Idea award with Husky Energy and Technologies.

“A renewable energy startup trying to solve energy poverty, waste problem & indoor pollution,” says total energy,” said TotalEnergies Ethiopia. It upscale coffee-waste to be a source of energy which shall be used in our smokeless stove that combats indoor pollution.

The startup tech company plans to sell pellets and briquettes as primary products.

Best female Entrepreneur

The 2022 edition of the Challenge by TotalEnergies also sees Mihiret Redi chosen as Best Female Entrepreneur with Dynamo Center for Technology.

A Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education and research center in Southwest Ethiopia, works primarily focusing on educating the young generation in an easy and artistic way based on the student’s age and knowledge.

The STEM Center gives short term practical based training using its own local language-based digital teaching devices to deliver science education.

Best New start-up

Natnael Alemayehu won the Award for Best Startup under 3 years old with Haleta Tutors. Haleta Tutor links more than 400 parents with top tutors, who are dedicated to helping students excel in their academics, online.

The three young entrepreneurs will receive financial support, amounting to 370,000 Birr, as well as opportunities for personalized coaching to develop their projects further and media visibility.

Their projects will also partake in TotalEnergies’ regional challenge.

Each winner of this edition will have their project presented in front of a “Grand Jury” in charge of choosing, in mid-May, the three “Grand Winners” of the African continent amongst the 32 countries, said TotalEnergies.

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