Total Uganda Awards Shs130m to 3 Start Up Challenge Winners

Total Uganda has awarded 130 million shillings to top three winners of the “Startupper” of the year Total challenge in a colorful event that took place at Sheraton hotel on Saturday.

The overall winner Samuel Malinga, look founder and Consultant Aanitation Africa walked home with a cheque of 65million shillings, sale followed by Arthur Woniala, founder Khainza Energy who got 45million shillings; while Gloria Nakyejwe Kalyango of Eco technologies scooped 25million shillings.

The award followed a four month search for the most innovative and entrepreneur’s business ideas by Total Uganda and Total E&P that kicked off last year in November.

Adewale Fayemi General Manager Total hands a cheque to Gloria
Adewale Fayemi General Manager Total hands a dummy cheque to Gloria

Florentin De-Loppinot- Managing Director at Total Uganda, while addressing the crowd  said, the competition received  over 190 entries from Uganda alone.

With a jury of highly skilled personnel, 10 great project ideas were selected, among which seven got recognition for the ideas while the three walked home with cash rewards.

The best projects criteria were based on how innovative, original, daring the project is, its development potential and its capacity to improve the living conditions of the populations.

Top three Arthur, Gloria and Malinga
Top three Arthur, Gloria and Malinga

Present at the event was Total E&P General Manger, Mr AdewaleFayemi who presided over the launch of the startupper challenge last year.

Samuel Malinga, the overall winner revealed that this was a great boost for him and the people he is already working with in trying to bring in better sanitary facilities in the slums and upcountry where the issues of health and waste dumping remain a challenge.


“We want to build a comfortable toilet system in high table water places and rocky space without necessarily tampering with the environment and above all control random waste dumping like it is the case in the slums of Kampala through our project work advancement” Malinga said.

Beside the 130 million shilling financial support, the winning projects will be granted the Title Startupper of the Year 2016 by Total; and coaching from Total Uganda on how best they can improve on their projects for better results and resource utilization among other things.


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