In Africa as elsewhere, many young people aspire to start their own business and build a brighter future, which is why we’ve created the "Startupper of the year by Total" challenge.

Ideas deserve support, especially great ones. And promising ideas deserve a helping hand.

Google, Facebook, Daily Motion, Twitter, Deezer, Airbnb and other leading names in the 2.0 economy all started as the brainchild of inspired young people. There’s no shortage of startuppers in Africa.

In 2016, Total Malawi using a team of jury members followed a selection procedure and selected three winners of the startupper challenge in Malawi. Below are the profiles of the winners.


Stephen Chiunjira


Stephen Chiunjira is a young social entrepreneur from Malawi whose passion lies in God, People and the Environment. He would like to build a holistic, sustainable, all - embracing, effective and eficient waste management system which gets everybody on board because we all produce waste and we all get affected by waste. He wants to create a platform where people's potential will be maximized to better themselves and their world. He does businesses that glorify God, benefits people and add value to the environment.

  • Signed a partnership and funding agreement for the next four years with Water Aid Malawi
  • Running improved and increased access to WASH activities in small town of Mponela since November, 2016
  • Employed 18 staff members (8 full time and 10 part-time)
  • Partnered with Skyway University and Lilongwe Technical College to have student volunteers in waste management. - We have 50 volunteers
  • Established 38 Our World International School Clubs (waste management clubs) across Lilongwe City
  • Featured as a Speaker during Festival of Ideas organized by Kawale Community Young Leaders, Lake of Stars and British Council
  • Conducted a clean up march across Kawale township streets
  • Selected for Young African Leadership Initiative Program to the United States
  • Published a book titled, "You Have What It Takes" in the United Kingdom (
  • Started Broadway International Academy
  • Formed important strategic alliances with Malawi National Library and National Council for Science and Technology
  • Has HB Business Consultancy offering business solutions to small and medium sized businesses (

Mixon Faluweki


Padoko Electronics is a manufacturer and innovator of Energy eficient systems such as bicycle phone chargers, motorcycle phone chargers, LED bulbs for emergency and normal use.

  • Officially registered with the registrar of companies in Malawi.
  • Prototypes completed for all the three innovations.
  • Production of motorcycle chargers in progress.
  • 2 people hired, 8 more to be hired for distribution.
  • Negotiations in progress to license other companies to manufacture and commercialize other innovations.
  • 900 chargers to be sold in 2017.
  • 1st place idea stage winner Gist Tech-I 2014.
  • 2nd Place winner TOTAL startupper of the year 2016.
  • ITU excellence award 2015.
  • Malawi Broadcasting Corporation innovators of the year 2015 (Science and Technology).
  • USADF (USA) Business plan competition winners 2016.

Benedicto Benson Longwe


A start-up company established to taking farming to another level where it could serve as a model of sustainable production, employer and development vehicle. The project puts land and water to the best use in a sustainable manner to produce, vegetables, arable crops and now moving into livestock to make commercial agricultural production more practical.

  • Officially registered as a limited company with the registrar of companies of Malawi
  • The rainy season crop has done very well awaiting harvesting
  • Set for the irrigation season to start planting in the month of May
  • 25 ha of new own land secured for scaling up and diversity
  • Earmarked to benefit from Business Linkages Matching Grant Fund of the Ministry of Industry and Trade to help the project scale up in diversify
  • Has provided full time employment to three people and piece work to some fifty casual labourers since June last year cumulatively
  • After the scale up, more fulltime and casual employees will be recruited


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