The mission of educating 3 million African leaders by 2030 in preparation for the largest workforce yet is one that ALU is actively pursuing. Since its inception, ALU has been deliberate in the steps that it is taking in achieving its mission, and one of these many steps is through partnerships. Partnerships that not only allow for the growth and success of ALU as an institution but also that of its students, faculty, and staff. 

One of such many partnerships is The ALU – Alibaba Business School of Ecommerce Talent Programme which birthed the Africa edition of the GET Global Challenge 2020, themed “Digital Solutions during COVID-19 and beyond.” 

Together with the Alibaba Business School of Commerce, ALU announced the launch of the program in April, and by the application deadline in May, had received over 600 entries from teams and 2500 entries from individuals. In the months that followed ALU oversaw the following processes: 

  1. Initial applications and First Round selections:
    April 10, 2020 – May 4, 2020
  2. Online Training and Second Round Selections:
    May 9, 2020 – June 5, 2020
  3. Business Execution and Regional Selection:
    June 11, 2020 – August 11, 2020

This was done in preparation towards ALU hosting the Africa Region Finals of the Alibaba GET Challenge which took place last Saturday, the 15th of August 2020. With the help of mentors and judges from across the globe and training received from Alibaba GET Network’s team, participants were taken through the required steps of developing ideas into actionable concepts, prototypes, and MVPs. Some participants can even boast of having their solutions existing within the market today solving everyday problems.  

The event had the top 10 teams out of the initial number of entries participating in the regional finals, of which only six teams moved on to the global stage. The six teams which qualified are from across the continent with two of them being made up of ALU Students; one from ALU Rwanda and ALC Mauritius. These six teams who will be up against teams from China, Russia, Colombia, Thailand, South Korea, Malaysia, and others are still in the running for; (1) Up to 100,000 RMB (~14,000 USD) of business funding and (2) A digital economy discovery trip to Alibaba Headquarters in Hangzhou, China amongst others. 

The 6 teams are as follows:

Kraftee – Rwanda

Accountile – Uganda

Medikea – Tanzania

Chooya – Nigeria

SmartFarmer – Ghana

Zoliwa – Cameroon

Digital transformation is something that we absolutely embrace and through this program, we have seen the amazing things that our students are about and can’t wait for the entire continent and the world to experience these solutions. 

To find out more about the program stay tuned to our social media for updates or reach out to

About ALU

ALU provides higher education for a higher purpose. Our students declare missions, not majors.

They develop the real-world skills to take on the world’s most pressing challenges. And they take ownership of their learning from day one through our peer and student-led approach – because ALU believes in the power and agency of young people to start shaping the future right now.

Together with a world-class faculty and staff, our students are igniting a ripple of positive impact across Africa and the world. Join us


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