Total Corporation Announces the Winners of the Startupper of the Year by Total Challenge

From Left to Right: Startupper of the Year Ambassador Natasha Bautista, Second place winner Aaron Hilomen, Top Female Entrepreneur Cecila Comia, Startupper of the Year Winner Mark Gersava, Third place winner Robi del Rosario, Total (Philippines) Corporation President and Managing Director Laurent Stouffe

Total (Philippines) Corporation named Mark Gersava, Chief Executive Farmer of social enterprise Bambuhay, as the country’s first-ever Startupper of the Year.

Coming in second is Antipara Exploration Inc. Co-Founder Aaron Hilomen, who also received the Startup for Better Energy Award. UPROOT Team Lead Robi Del Rosario placed third while Shift School Armchair designer Cecilia Comia was named Top Female Entrepreneur.

They will receive financial support of up to PHP 750,000 for the first prize, personalized support and coaching from Impact Hub, and a communications campaign to publicize their project from Total Philippines.

The 2018-2019 Startupper of the Year by Total Challenge reaffirms Total’s commitment to social and economic development in host countries worldwide.