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A cross section of the selected entrepreneurs with Jack Ma, CEO, Alibaba and members of the Alibaba Team

Chinese e-commerce giant, Alibaba, is hosting Suvenia.com alongside three other Nigerian entrepreneurs are currently taking part in the first Alibaba eFounders Initiative Entrepreneurship Training Programme, titled Shaping Champions for the New Economy, hosted in the city of Hangzhou, China.

The pilot eFounders Initiative Entrepreneurship Training Programme runs from 10 to 23 November 2017. It is organized jointly by the Alibaba Business School and the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and hosted at the Alibaba Campus in the city of Hangzhou, China.

25 participants, all from different African countries are participating, where they will learn the skills to effectively advance and develop an e-commerce ecosystem. Participants in the pilot programme will learn how e-commerce has transformed the economy and society in China along with the necessary skills to advance their enterprises. Core learnings will reinvigorate and inspire African entrepreneurship, develop a new era of online business, and eventually play a role in building the African e-commerce ecosystem.

The four Nigerian e-commerce business founders currently on the programme are Jessica Anuna, the current CEO of RestockChina.com, a Shanghai-based FMCG trading company expanding into e-commerce in Nigeria, Adetayo Bamiduro, Co-Founder of Max.ng, offering express last mile delivery for Africa, Damilare Ogunleye Co-Founder and CEO of Suvenia.com, a self-expression e-commerce marketplace, that allows people discover and buy personalised items, and Maxwell Asowata, CEO of CartNG.com, offering quality products consumers can trust.

Taking a look at what Alibaba has done starting with China, and now the rest of the world, the lucky participants said they consider the training a privilege to be selected as one of the 25 African businesses on the amazing program.

“Considering the uptake in e-commerce on the continent in recent years, despite the challenges the industry faces, learning from a global giant will no doubt have an impact on us as well as the entire e-commerce landscape”, Damilare Ogunleye, founder of Suvenia.com said. “Considering our interests in the bridge around offline and online, we are excited to be learning from the global leader of the new retail experience”, he concluded.

Alibaba was founded by Jack Ma in 1999 and has grown to become one of the largest e-commerce conglomerates that provides consumer-to-consumer, business-to-consumer and business-to-business sales services via web portals.


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