Malaysia Programs FAQs
Q1: What is the candidate criteria for the Alibaba Netpreneur Training program?
• You MUST be a founder/co-founder or business owner of an officially registered venture that has been in operation for at least 2 years.
• You MUST provide at least 1 referral in your application (referrals from a partner/organizer are preferred).
• You MUST provide your official business license when requested during the application process.
• Entrepreneurs and business leaders below 40 years old, female entrepreneurs and Malaysian business owners are strongly encouraged to apply.
Q2: I am the founder of the company. Can I send my son or daughter or other representative to attend the program?
The program is designed for founders, co-founders or business owners. We will only consider the representative if he or she is one of the founders or business owners in the company. If your business is a family business and your son/daughter is actively managing the company, he or she can also apply. Any representatives must submit their own application and be interviewed in order to attend.
Q3: Can more than one founder/co-founder/business owner from one company apply and join the program?
More than one founder/co-founder/business owner from a company can apply. However, due to limited positions in the program, we can only offer admission to one founder/co-founder/business owner from each company. Our team will decide who to invite based on the strength of a candidates application and interview.
Q4: I understand applicants need to submit business registration. Where on the online form should I upload/fill up this?
You do not need to upload your business registration for the online application. We may request business license during the interview stage. Please be prepared to present your business license if you are selected to interview.
Q5: What language will the Alibaba Netpreneur Training program be conducted in?
English. Fluency in English is required to participate.
Q6: Where is the program going to take place?
You will be spending 10 days in Alibaba’s headquarters in Hangzhou, which is 50 minutes away from Shanghai by high-speed rail. Our headquarters’ address is 969 West Wen Yi Road, Yu Hang District, Hangzhou, China.
Q7: Where will I be staying during the program?
Alibaba will assist in making reservations for participants at a discounted price (~85 USD/room/night) at the recommended hotel within walking distance from Alibaba’s headquarters.
Q8: When should I arrive in Hangzhou? What is the earliest I can leave Hangzhou after the program?
You will be required to check into the hotel on 23rd March. The following day, the 24th March, we will require all participants to get a local SIM card and set up a local bank account (necessary to open an Alipay account) to fully experience the program and the "cashless" city of Hangzhou. We will kick off the program on the morning of 25th March. The program will finish around 21:00pm on 3rd April. You are expected to complete the program; therefore the earliest you can leave Hangzhou is the evening of 3rd April. We recommend booking return travel for 4th April.
You will be required to check into the hotel on 13th April. The following day, the 14th April, we will require all participants to get a local SIM card and set up a local bank account (necessary to open an Alipay account) to fully experience the program and the "cashless" city of Hangzhou. We will kick off the program on the morning of 16th April. The program will finish around 21:00pm on 24th April. You are expected to complete the program; therefore the earliest you can leave Hangzhou is the evening of 24th April. We recommend booking return travel for 25th April.
Q9: What costs will Alibaba cover? What cost do I have to cover?
Alibaba will cover the cost of the training and transportation for site visits, as well as a 40 RMB allowance per day for meals.
Participants are expected to cover the cost of their visa application, flight, accommodation, transportation from airport to hotel and from hotel to airport along with any other personal expenses. The estimated cost for accommodation in Hangzhou is 100 USD per day per room and the taxi cost from and to the airport is ~20 USD each way. Alibaba will assist in making reservations for participants at a discounted price (~85 USD/room/night) at the recommended hotel within walking distance from Alibaba’s headquarters, where participants will then be able to pay for the room on arrival.
Visit Malaysia programs homepage for program overview and applications.