Shanghai is the world’s most populous city and one of its busiest financial hubs—unsurprisingly, a myriad of innovative tech startups are emerging from this exciting metropolis on the East China Sea.
The following are the top 13 tech startups from Shanghai you need to be aware of in 2016 and beyond.
Dianrong is a peer-to-peer lending platform that focuses on personal and small business loans. The service makes loans and investments accessible to the broader Chinese community.
GeiLi Giving has created a gamified social donation solution for WeChat. Using the platform, Chinese consumers can connect to pre-vetted charities and grassroots NGOs through fun and engaging challenges designed to encourage giving.
WoowBow is China’s largest online catering delivery platform. The offerings curates Shanghai’s best caterers and delivers to any office gathering or event.
italki offers 1-on-1 language lessons from language instructors in China, Egypt, Japan and South America. The platform works like an Ebay for language instruction services—teachers set their own prices and build up their online teaching reputation through reviews/feedback.
Newband is a mobile offering that allows users to learn how to sing or play a musical instrument easily and effectively. Lessons are recorded by celebrity teachers and songs are rearranged to highlight different music genres.
The CareVoice is a popular mobile healthcare offering in China and India. Using the social mobile app, users can search for hospitals, doctors , medications—as well as view/leave recommendations.
WeVenues is like Airbnb for underutilized spaces—the platform features a global network of spaces and tools for connecting event organizers with venue providers and facilitating payment and insurance.
Meet Boutique curates boutique hotels and other boutique shops (e.g., restaurants, cafes, bars, and shops) and offers a medium to socialize with other users with similar interests/tastes.
Tradesparq is a trade networking platform that helps global business purchases find/verify foreign suppliers. Using social methods, the solutions enables safer and more effective supplier discovery and verification.
Zhihu is essentially China’s version of Quora: the solution provides a platform for users to ask questions and receive responses from experts and professionals.
Similar to Craigslist.com, 58.com is a classified website that features a minimalistic and clean user interface. The company recently acquired Anjuke, a popular real estate and rental app in China.
Seeder allows building owners in China to easily and inexpensively install solar on their rooftops—in some case, at no cost. Its platform quickly connects users with the right suppliers to finance, design, install, and maintain solar systems.
Seedlink uses AI, neural networks and machine learning to analyze gigabytes of data for producing ideal job candidate models. The platform then matches candidates’ responses against these models to match ideal employees to hiring organizations.
As the most cosmopolitan city in China, Shanghai is poised to become one of the world’s premiere tech startup hubs—be sure to keep these 13 startups on your radar as they expand their operations globally.