eFounders Fellowship Programme

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"Countries with poor infrastructure, regulatory frameworks, skills and local content development, and electronic payment systems, are missing out on what the innovative flare of young entrepreneurs can generate in the fast-growing digital marketplace"
Mukhisa Kituyi, Secretary-General of UNCTAD
"I have spent my career working with entrepreneurs and know the positive social and economic impact when people are given the opportunity to participate in the global economy"
Jack Ma, Special Adviser of UNCTAD and
founder and executive chairman of Alibaba Group

As part of its commitment to reach the Sustainable Development Goals, UNCTAD teamed up with Alibaba Group to support 1000 entrepreneurs in developing countries to become catalysts for the digital transformation in their home countries.

The collaboration is designed to help bridge the digital divide faced by young entrepreneurs in developing countries and allow them to grasp the opportunities of inclusive e-commerce ecosystems.

It consists of sharing first hand experiences about the transformative impact of e-commerce and technology and a follow-up on lessons learned, including a two-week stay at the Alibaba Business School campus with site visits. Participating entrepreneurs commit to share the knowledge gained with their communities and as champions of the new economy, to contribute to UNCTAD's research work and events.

The eFounders Fellowship Programme is open to entrepreneurs in the digital and technology space who operate open platforms related to: e-commerce, logistics, fintech, big data or tourism. A strict selection process is applied where social responsibility and gender play an important role.

The Programme is part of the collaboration with Jack Ma, founder and executive chairman of Alibaba Group, as Special Adviser of UNCTAD for young entrepreneurs and small business.


 Upcoming Events

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 In Focus


 eFounders: Around the Globe

08 August 2018"Let's make Africa a digital Africa," Jack Ma tells entrepreneurs
02 July 2018Alibaba Business School and UNCTAD train African entrepreneurs
26 March 2018UNCTAD and Alibaba Business School kick off eFounders Fellowship for Asian e-commerce entrepreneurs
22 November 2017Launch of Jack Ma's eFounders Initiative
27 April 2017Dr Kituyi and Jack Ma highlight e-commerce opportunities for the developing world and governments show support



 Hear What the Fellows Have to Say


It is the first time that I see what digital inclusion means
- Catherine Mahugu, Kenya


When I go back to my home country, my focus will be educating all those involved in the business on how to leverage technology to better capture and analyze the data
- Damilare Ogunleye, Nigeria


For all of us building teams, ventures, working as teammates, think about how we are fostering the right culture that can unite people to achieve the greater goal
- Francesca Chia, Malaysia

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