Over 360 African Entrepreneurs Selected for Alibaba Netpreneur Training Program

Over 360 African Entrepreneurs Selected for Alibaba Netpreneur Training Program

Alibaba Global Initiatives (AGI), a professional training arm of Alibaba Group, has enrolled the second class of more than 360 African entrepreneurs in its Alibaba Netpreneur Training program today at a virtual opening ceremony supported by Africa’s Business Heroes prize competition, a philanthropic initiative aimed at supporting and inspiring the next generation of African entrepreneurs.

The program, which runs from today to November 10, aims to provide entrepreneurs and business leaders from various industries with tangible and actionable steps they can take to advance in the digital economy. Its debut follows the success of the inaugural class, which graduated 70 African students last October.

Following a rigorous selection process, the final candidates from across the African continent will begin a series of online classes in which they will learn how to use technology to grow their businesses within the local economy. All participants are the founders of their respective start-ups in agriculture, education, information and communication technology (ICT), and trading.

Dan Liu, Senior Advisor at Alibaba Global Initiatives said “We are delighted to be able to continue advancing our vision of sharing the positive impact of the digital economy with entrepreneurs and enrolling our second cohort of African participants. With companies taking to online channels to keep their business afloat during the pandemic, digitalization is no longer a foreign concept to consumers and entrepreneurs. We hope this edition of our Alibaba Netpreneur Training will help entrepreneurs in Africa develop long-term, savvy digital strategies that will open up more opportunities for them.”

What Participants are to expect from the Alibaba Netpreneur Training program

The Alibaba Netpreneur Training program is taught online in English by certified Alibaba trainers and business leaders who have led their sucessful digital businesses. Participants can broaden their knowledge and comprehension of:

  • The digital economy in China and the latest trends and practices shaping its development
  • The journey of select traditional businesses that have successfully gone through digital transformation
  • The evolution of Alibaba’s business, including the role of digital technology in supporting the growth of companies in its ecosystem
  • Frameworks and approaches for building a successful and innovative business in today’s digital world

Participants who successfully complete the program will be awarded an e-certificate and will be eligible to join the AGI entrepreneur community. The community is made up of a diverse group of passionate and successful entrepreneurs, and it offers unparalleled opportunities to network, collaborate, and learn.

Outstanding participants will also be eligible for a one-week offline immersion program at Alibaba’s headquarters in Hangzhou, China if they meet the online course criteria.

Since its inception in 2019, the Alibaba Netpreneur Training Program has successfully trained over 1,500 entrepreneurs in Africa, Europe, Latin America, and South and Southeast Asia.