The capital of China’s southwestern Sichuan Province may soon be known for more than its endemic species the giant panda; with its rapid economic development in recent years, Chengdu has also seen a rise in entrepreneurship and number of tech startup ventures.
From smart wall switch manufacturers to cutting edge mobile photography app developers, the following are the top 13 tech startups from Chengdu you need to know about in 2017.
PINBOT is the flagship product of Chengdu HopperClouds, Inc.—the app is an enterprise recruitment platform for improving the efficiency of finding/hiring local talent.
Uoko is an apartment rental guide and app targeted at young, upwardly-mobile professionals. The offering features local rentals as well as design/decoration/construction resources, leasing advice, and post-rental management and maintenance services.
Xiaoyule develops mobile digital entertainment/content and value-added services for wifi providers. The company combines quality online content and services with offline resources for delivery even when not connected.
Created by Badi Network Technology, UniClubber is a social/mobile platform that allows users to join all sorts of clubs based on interest and geolocation.
Intellisn develops smart wall-mounted plugs and switches that can be controlled remotely via an accompanying app. The company currently sells two products: a modular switch panel and a customized outlet panel.
WALNUT is a service/app for finding the perfect creative space, office, or workplace—the company offers 3 different service tiers and offers additional services such as freelancer hiring, business brainstorming sessions, a community calendar, and more.
Chengdu GouGou Technology’s Accost is a location-based social networking and dating app—as with similar dating apps, users tap “like” or “dislike” in hopes of finding a mutual like.
Baicizhan is an English language app designed to make language acquisition more engaging for young learners—the offering targets students from 12 to 24 years old and features standardized test vocabulary from the IELTS, TOEFL, SAT, GMAT, GRE, among others.
ASOtop1 helps mobile app publishers improve/boost their app store and keyword rankings via app store optimization. The company has already helped numerous popular titles reach the #1 slot in a short amount of time.
Zazhipu is a magazine discount subscription network that aspires to become the world’s largest Chinese periodical publishing platform. Its platform already features a dizzying array of popular magazine and publication titles.
Codoon has developed one of the most popular sports-related social platforms in China and wearable/app solutions on the market. The company also provides open hardware source code, PCB and schematics, and a set of commercial solutions for developing simple, efficient, low-cost wearable products.
Camera360 is a powerful mobile photography app for iOS/Windows/Android mobile devices. Developed by Chengdu PinGuo, the app boasts advanced features such as a variety of camera shooting modes, a rich special effects filter, and automatic sharing to popular social networks.
Tower is a team collaboration platform that allows users to create group projects, initiate discussions and meetings, create/manage tasks, upload files, and more.
Chengdu may be an ancient city with over a thousand years of history, but an ambitious workforce of young professionals and rapid technological development are securing a bright future for Chengdu’s growing tech startup ecosystem. And with policy support from the Chinese government, it may just be a matter of time before the city becomes known as China’s Silicon Valley.