Organized jointly by the Alibaba Business School and the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), the 2nd Class of the e-Founders Initiative Entrepreneurship Training Programme took place on 25 March to 4 April 2018 in Shanghai, China.
All thirty-seven participants are from Asia three of which are young entrepreneurs from the Philippines; namely, Abbie Victorino of the styling and clothing subscription box service called StyleGenie, Magellan Fetalino of the online peer-to-peer marketplace for receivable discounting, named Acudeen and Andrew Cua of Trulalu, a digital marketplace and network for travelers for having authentic travel experiences from local guides in Southeast Asia.
The attendees listened to lectures and did site visits, which strengthened their knowledge how to effectively advance and develop an e-commerce ecosystem.
Following the course, the participants committed to, aside from doing their daily business activities, actively engage in experience-sharing, participate in speaking engagements at international events and contribute to progress reports during a period of two years.
“When we graduated from the program, we signed a commitment with the Alibaba Group and UNCTAD to become ambassadors of change not just in our country but around the world. Our mission now is on a much larger scale – not just to solve our customers’ problems but to become champions of the new economy via our platforms in our respective industries,” said Victorino.
The e-Founders Initiative Entrepreneurship Training Programme is the brainchild of Alibaba Founder and Executive Chairperson, Jack Ma, which aims to empower 1,000 entrepreneurs in developing countries over the next five years.