Alibaba Kicks Off One-Month Netpreneur Training Program for Africa

360 African entrepreneurs have been enrolled into the program

Alibaba  Global Initiatives (AGI), a professional training arm under Chinese tech giant Alibaba, has enrolled the second class of more than 360 African entrepreneurs for its Alibaba Netpreneur Training program. This is the company’s philanthropic effort that aims to support and inspire the next generation of business leaders in Africa.

Participants are founders of startups across industries such as agriculture, education, information and communication technology (ICT), and trading. Scheduled to run from October 10 through November 10, the training seeks to equip entrepreneurs and business leaders with tangible and actionable steps they can take to advance in the digital economy. The new wave comes after the success of the inaugural class, which graduated 70 African participants last October.

“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,” said Dan Liu, Senior Advisor at Alibaba  Global Initiatives.

The Alibaba Netpreneur Training training program is conducted online in English by Alibaba trainers and business leaders who have had experience leading their own digital businesses to success.

Participants can deepen their knowledge of the digital economy in China and the latest trends and practices shaping its development. They can also strengthen the understanding of the journey of select traditional businesses that have successfully gone through digital transformation, the evolution of Alibaba‘s business, as well as frameworks and approaches for building an innovative business in today’s digital world.

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