Alibaba has decided to extend its unique e-Founders Fellowship Program beyond Rwanda to the rest of East Africa as it plans to kick start it in next month. The programme is dubbed Alibaba Netpreneur Training.

“The Alibaba Netpreneur Training Rwanda program will welcome entrepreneurs and business leaders who currently operate in the Rwandan market, as well as those from the wider East African community,” reads part of the email.

But the consideration for businesses in the rest of East Africa is limited to those who will show actionable interest in expanding into the Rwandan market”.

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According to Alibaba, the goal of the programme is to help African entrepreneurs learn more about the company’s story.

“The Alibaba Business School has created the Alibaba Netpreneur Training program to share the story and takeaways of Alibaba’s growth with entrepreneurs and business leaders around the world. We hope to inspire more businesses to embrace [the] digital economy, creating more opportunities for inclusive growth around the world.”

In the previous announcement meant for Rwanda only, the first batch dates were from February 16 -27, 2019, but has since been adjusted to accommodate the new applicants from other countries in the region. The program will now take place from March 2-13, 2019 in Hangzhou, China while the new deadline for application is January 20, 2019.

According to the organisers, entrepreneurs and business leaders will have the opportunity to spend ten days in Alibaba to hear from our founders and business leaders our own experience in building the ecommerce ecosystem in China.

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