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.

As former Special Advisor to the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) Jack Ma, Executive Chairman of Alibaba Group, recognized that by applying ideas from China’s most innovative businesses to their own ventures, fellows will be equipped to effect change in their home countries. With this opportunity in mind, the eFounders Fellowship was created in 2017 to find and empower local entrepreneurs who can leverage Alibaba’s experience in China.


Program organizers:

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.


Program partners:

We work closely with a number of organizations across multiple regions who help support the program and entrepreneurs. View all partner profiles >


What do participants learn?

• 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.


What the program cannot promise:

• The opportunity to partner with Alibaba.

• The opportunity to receive Alibaba investment.


eFounders Fellowship welcomes entrepreneurs who are:

• Authentic, open-minded and altruistic leaders of the 'new economy'.

• Building enterprises for long-term success, not for short-term profit.

• Mission-driven and have a strong sense of purpose, integrity, vision and drive.

• Willing to learn and share their experiences and ideas.


Jack Ma and UNCTAD with youth in Africa:

The eFounders Fellowship was created as a result of Jack Ma’s exploration of opportunities with African youth and businesses to participate in global trade and raises awareness of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, as part of his role as UNCTAD Special Advisor for Youth, Entrepreneurship and Small Business:


Online Course Class 1 - Africa

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.

Latest Highlights

Class 4 highlights and key takeaways from 38 entrepreneurs across 11 countries in South & S.E. Asia.

Visit our Youtube channel for all videos >

Upcoming Classes

Details and applications for the following classes will be opening soon. 

• Class 9 (Africa): TBD

Our Partners

We work closely with a number of organizations across multiple regions who help support the program and entrepreneurs (view partner profiles).


4DX Ventures (Africa) >

AfricInvest (Pan-Africa) >

Dalberg (Pan-Africa) >

Nailab (Kenya) >


500 TukTuks (Thailand) >

East Ventures (Indonesia) >

EverHaus (Indonesia) >

Gobi Venture (China; S.E. Asia) >

MDEC (Malaysia) >