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Alibaba Founder Jack Ma to Launch ‘Netpreneur Prize’ in South Africa

Alibaba founder Jack Ma is in South Africa to launch a new initiative for African entrepreneurs. Called the ‘Netpreneur Prize’, the aim is to build a community of 100 young African entrepreneurs by 2030 who will receive grants totaling US$10 million.

The initiative is aimed at creating a community of 100 young, African entrepreneurs by 2030 who will receive grants totaling U.S.$10 million

Ma is one of the richest men in the world with a net worth of U.S.$42.7 billion. Alibaba’s revenue in the 12 months ending in March 2017 rose by 56 percent to $23 billion.

His address forms part of a conference “Netpreneurs: The Rise of Africa’s Digital Lions” taking place at Wits on Wednesday to discuss the challenges and opportunities facing a new digital Africa and the role that the public sector, investors, entrepreneurs and educational organisations must play in this transformation.

Dr Mukhisa Kituyi, secretary-general of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development will deliver a keynote address.

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