Add up to Petroleum has propelled the second version of its ‘Startupper of the Year Challenge’ to help business creation and advancement.

The opposition is intended to help and reward youthful business visionaries 35 years and underneath, who have a task or have shaped an organization in the previous two years.

The three victors from the opposition will get budgetary help of up to GHc180,000, broad attention and one-year instructing from tutors.

A definitive champ will likewise have the chance to contend at the local level.

At the dispatch of the opposition, the Project Manager, Mr Bright Dokosi, said the application for the test was planned for between October 9 and November 13, after which the choice procedure would start.

Giving women an extra push

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The Managing Director of Total-Ghana, Mr Eric Fanchini, said the first edition which was launched in 2015 received more than 6,000 applications.

“This year, in addition to the three ultimate winners, we are going to select the top female entrepreneur,” he stated.

He said this was geared towards giving women the extra push which was aligned with the company’s initiatives for women.

“We are of the firm conviction that this challenge will be a rewarding adventure for society, as it seeks to build young talents who are going to contribute to the Ghanaian economy,” he stated.

He said the challenge and other programmes of the company such as the Young Dealer Scheme and the Total Young Graduate Programme, formed part of the company’s plans to help address the current unemployment problems in the country.

In line with government’s objectives

The Minister for Employment and Labour Relations, Mr Ignatius Baffour Awuah, lauded Total Petroleum for the initiative, saying it was timely due to the huge unemployment rate in the country.

He said the initiative couldn’t have come at any better time when unemployment was at its highest level in recent times.

Mr Baffour Awuah said the challenge fell in line with government’s objective of reducing the unemployment rate in the country through the creation of jobs for the youth.

He said entrepreneurs were national assets to be cultivated, motivated and remunerated because they could change the dynamics of the country’s economy.

He, therefore, urged young people with business ideas or started businesses in any field to take advantage of the initiative.

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