Are you a female entrepreneur who is 35-years-old or younger? If so, I understand your plight and that’s why I’ve partnered with Total South Africa to offer you the opportunity to win financial support, media exposure, leadership coaching and so much more. This is the second year of the Total Start Upper of the Year Challenge, designed to support entrepreneurship.

Taking an idea from your heart, building it in your mind and then escorting it out to the universe is not easy. From funding fiascos to the family sacrifices needed to survive, there’s a reason roughly half of small businesses make it past five years. But, the entire world is waking up to the power of bold entrepreneurs – those who seek to reshape the world by tackling social challenges through an entrepreneurial lens.

We know you need more than inspiration – you need real support. Total South Africa is not only raising awareness about Female Entrepreneurship, but is pumping money, networks and other resources exactly where you need them – into the engine of your business. You can apply right now for the chance to win, click here – startupper-of-the-year-challenge.total.com

There are six levels of simple criteria:

  1. 35 or younger?
  2. South African?
  3. Is your entrepreneurial project less than two years old?
  4. Impact – Does it offer a practical way of addressing a public health, safety, education, accessibility or other issue affecting local communities?
  5. Innovation – Is there something new and refreshing about your project?
  6. Feasible – Is your project able to be rolled out and scaled to the broader public?

We live in an era where the ability for an entrepreneur to change the world with inspired and innovative ideas is greater now than it ever has been before. The advancements in technology, along with social media, enable bold thinkers to connect their thoughts with the best minds with lightning speed.

The hashtag for the campaign will be #TotalStartUpperSA. At the very least, you can follow the hashtag and connect with other super-inspiring entrepreneurs like yourself – your network can contribute mightily to your net-worth. Follow me on Twitter @timothymaurice and @TotalSAfrica for more.

Over a decade ago, I dedicated my career to my mother which is why I research, write for and publish with female leaders in mind – for DESTINY magazine, CNBC Africa and other media outlets – sharing the plight of female entrepreneurs and executives throughout Africa and the rest of the world. Your journey is important to me and believe me, I guarantee your submission will be considered with integrity and deep consideration – every idea matters.

Thank you for your courage and the work you’re doing. The deadline for submission is 13 November – so do not delay, submit now… here is the link again – startupper-of-the-year-challenge.total.com

– Timothy Maurice Webster, Author in Brain and Brand Science