The Alibaba eFounders Fellowship 2021

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.

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.

eFounders Fellowship 2021

In view of the current development and potential risks brought by COVID-19, eFounders Fellowship program is redesigned to be an online course. The first online course will be kicked off at 8 AM (UTC+0) on 16th, November and will have a weekly online class scheduled for 6 weeks from 16th November to 21st December.

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 headquarter, after the pandemic. 


  • 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.


  • 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

Interested applicants for the eFounders fellowship program are encouraged to follow the link below to apply;

Click here to Apply

Deadline: Ongoing


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