Alibaba Business School and the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) invite applications for the Alibaba Business School eFounders Fellowship Online Course Class 1 – Africa in 2021.

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.

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 are highly welcome.

Worth of Award

Participants who complete the eFounders Fellowship Program online course successfully with excellent performance will have the opportunity to join eFounders Fellowship Program offline session in Hangzhou, China, Alibaba’s global headquarters, after the pandemic.

Similarly, during the program participants will learn

The

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

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

• understanding of Alibaba’s ecosystem.

Eligibility

To be eligible for the Alibaba Business School eFounders Fellowship, 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.

How to Apply 

All applications should be made online via the official website.

Deadline: Applications are currently ongoing.

The first online course will be kicked off at 8 am (UTC+0) on November 16th and will have a weekly online class scheduled for 6 weeks from November 16th to December 21st.

Click here for more details and to apply