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The Alibaba Group Africa Fellowship Programme is an opportunity for ambitious and motivated entrepreneurs to gain practical experience and knowledge in order to help grow their businesses in Africa. The programme’s main objective is to help pair talented Africans with experienced business mentors and industry experts, thus accelerating business growth and creating more jobs in Africa. The programme draws from people who have been previously unsuccessful in starting or running their own businesses and provides them with practical support in order to build their capacity and skill-set in order to receive further funding or strategic support from an international or national partner.

The eFounders Fellowship program provides first-hand exposure to eCommerce and digital innovations, access to business leaders across Alibaba and China, as well as an opportunity to connect with like-minded, leading entrepreneurs in your region. The fellowship is a community of passionate and successful “Champions for the New Economy” looking to inspire and create a more inclusive development model for all.

The eFounders Fellowship program is jointly organized by Alibaba Business School and the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), who are implementing the Sustainable Development Goals for 2030.

What will participants learn?

• The key factors in Alibaba’s long-term success.

• The defining moments and failures that have shaped Alibaba’s journey (including the early stages of development).

• An understanding of Alibaba’s ecosystem.

What the program cannot promise:

• The opportunity to partner with Alibaba.

• The opportunity to receive Alibaba investment.

We welcome entrepreneurs who are:

• Authentic, open-minded and altruistic leaders of the ‘new economy’.

• Building enterprises for long-term success, not for short-term profit.

• Mission-driven and have a strong sense of purpose, integrity, vision, and drive.

• Willing to learn and share their experiences and ideas.

eFounders Fellowship Online Course enrollment criteria:

• You MUST be a full-time founder, co-founder or CEO of an officially registered digital venture that is actively operational.

• Your venture MUST be headquartered or have an operating entity in Africa.

• You MUST provide at least 1 referral in your application (referrals from a partner/organizer/eFounders Fellow are preferred).

• You will be requested to provide your official business license if you are invited to the offline session after the pandemic.

• Entrepreneurs below 35 years old, female entrepreneurs, and target country locals are strongly encouraged to apply.

Program costs:

Covered for the online course:

    • Tuition fees.

    • Training materials and training session costs.

Covered for the offline session(post-pandemic, on invitation):

    • Tuition fees.

    • Hotel accommodation(shared room).

    • Training materials and training session costs.

    • Field trips and site visit transportation costs.

    • Small daily living allowance of 30 RMB/day.

Not covered (costs you must personally cover):

    • Air tickets and transportation/pick-up services to and from Hangzhou, China.

    • Single hotel room requests (if you would like to stay in a single room you will be required to cover the full cost yourself).

    • Additional food or personal expenses.

Apply online:

Applications for the eFounders Fellowship Online Course Class 1 are NOW OPEN

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