Four entrepreneurs will represent Indonesia in the second batch of eFounders Fellowship Asia Program held by The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and Alibaba Business School for 14 days in China this November.
Warung Pintar CEO Agung Bezharie, Bizzy Indonesia CEO Mario Ronaldo Andrew Mawikere, Socialbuzz.com CEO Rade Tampubolon and Xfers Founder Victor Jia Hap Liew are among 40 founders from 11 countries in Asia who are selected to attend the program. As many as 300 entrepreneurs from various industries such as e-commerce, financial technology and big data registered for the activity.
During and after the program, they will be assisted by advisors from five Asian countries to learn all things about e-commerce and its innovations around the globe, and they are expected to contribute in boosting digital economy in each country afterwards.
“We want to inspire entrepreneurs from around the world to be the catalysts in pushing more inclusive digital development which will bring economic benefit for their own business and the people, as well as spreading digital economy paradigm and benefit in their native countries,” says Brian A. Wong, Vice President of Alibaba Group who leads the company’s global initiative, in a press release.
The eFounders Fellowship Asia Program is a part of 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) framework that ensure no country is left behind in digital economy. It is also one of Alibaba Group Founder and CEO Jack Ma’s commitments, along with UNCTAD, to provide assistance for 1,000 entrepreneurs around the world within five years.
The program had organized three classes this year. The first class was joined by 24 entrepreneurs from Africa, the second class was participated by 37 entrepreneurs from Southeast Asia and South Asia, while 29 African entrepreneurs enrolled in the third class.
Nine Indonesian entrepreneurs from e-commerce to tourism, including Co-Founder and CEO Sayurbox Amanda Cole, COO Reddoorz Rishabh Singhi and CEO SimpliDOTS Jowan Kosasih Kho, had previously joined the first batch of this program in March 2018.