May 23, 2018

Alibaba Global Initiative: eFounders Fellowship

Alibaba eFounders

Thirty-seven e-commerce entrepreneurs from Asia have enrolled on UNCTAD and Alibaba Business School’s eFounders Initiative at the Alibaba campus in Hangzhou, China.

The 11-day course is part of a commitment by Jack Ma, founder and executive chairman of the Alibaba Group and UNCTAD special adviser, to empower 1,000 e-commerce entrepreneurs from developing countries in five years.

The launch of the first programme for Asian entrepreneurs comes after the success of the inaugural class for 24 African participants last November.

Following a rigorous selection process, the final candidates from Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Pakistan, the Philippines, Thailand and Viet Nam will study e-commerce innovations from China and around the world, and become eFounders Fellows.

The aim is that these young entrepreneurs will become catalysts in their home countries for the digital transformation of their economies.

Class 3 applications NOW OPEN for African countries. Interested in applying? Complete the application here

The application deadline is 1st May

Eligibility Criteria

-Under the age of 35;
-Entrepreneurs in the digital and technology space operating open platforms related to e-commerce, payment, logistics, big data or tourism – i.e. early stage Alibaba, mPesa etc;
-Authentic, open-minded and altruistic leaders of the new economy;
-At an inflection point in their careers;
-Looking to move from success to significance with integrity, vision and drive;
-Founders or co-founders of an officially registered digital technology venture with offices in Africa, particularly South Africa, Nigeria, Kenya, Egypt, Morocco, Algeria, Rwanda, Namibia, Uganda;
-Female entrepreneurs are strongly encouraged to apply.
Please see our website for more information and the online application

This program is designed to inspire new economy entrepreneurs to be the catalyst to motivate other entrepreneurs to build a thriving ecosystem that integrates ecommerce, payment, logistics, big data and tourism. We would appreciate your recommendations on the suitable entrepreneurs from your network or portfolio for our program. 

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