February 21, 2024

By Irene Gaitirira
Published October 11, 2022

A month-long training seeking to equip entrepreneurs and business leaders with tangible and actionable steps to advance in the digital economy has commenced online.

The training, by a Chinese company called Alibaba Global Initiatives (AGI), brings together more than 360 African entrepreneurs for its second Alibaba Netpreneur Training programme. Some 70 participants went through the inaugural class in October 2021.

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The participants from across Africa are expected to embark on a series of online classes where they will delve into approaches to harnessing technology to grow their businesses within the local economy.

“We are delighted 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,” says Dan Liu, Senior Advisor at Alibaba Global Initiatives.

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

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Participants can deepen their knowledge and understanding 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

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Participants who complete the program will receive an e-certificate and will be eligible to join the AGI entrepreneur community. The community comprises a diverse mix of passionate and successful like-minded entrepreneurs, and provides unmatched opportunities to network, collaborate and learn.

Outstanding participants will also have the opportunity to participate in a week-long offline immersion programme at Alibaba’s headquarters in Hangzhou, China, subject to fulfilling the online course criteria.

The Alibaba Netpreneur Training Programme was first introduced in 2019 and close to 1,500 entrepreneurs in Africa, Europe, Latin America and Asia are reported to have gone through the training.

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