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Beyond the legendary success stories of Alibaba and Tencent, China has developed into a vibrant, competitive ecosystem of innovative technology startups. That comes as no surprise, given the country’s fast-rising economy and consumer society, vast pool of world-class talent, and quick adoption of new technologies. CompassList China, our first chapter, was born to provide insights and the context of China’s startup and tech scene to the rest of the world. Through unraveling the local cultural, social, economic and business landscapes, we reveal how China’s startup economy has boomed amid the complexities of a giant nation, home to some 1.4 billion people today.


Movers and Shakers
Bright Ideas
Bright Ideas
Bright Ideas


The gait data collected by Sennotech's smart insoles can help custom-make better shoes and orthotics, personalize training for athletes and improve rehabilitation treatment for patients.

The world’s first sharing platform for farm drone technology, Farm Friend is already eyeing a yet bigger role: as a comprehensive, one-stop agritech services provider.


Zhou Jian

Founder and CEO of Nongfenqi

Founder and CEO of Nongfenqi. Serial entrepreneur. Zhou studied E-commerce at the Dongbei University of Finance and Economics. Before founding Nongfenqi, he spent ten years trying to start other businesses. Zhou tried building websites for tourism, private detectives, etc. His real success was a company that helped computer game users buy virtual game tokens. Zhou used the same team and the money he made from his computer game company to found Nongfenqi.

Wu Yuan

Founder and CEO of Geetest

After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Remote Sensing and Information Engineering from Wuhan University in 2009, Wu worked as a lab researcher at his alma mater. In 2012, he left Wuhan University to found Geetest with Zhang Zhenyu.


Founded in 2007 under the Chinese Fortune 500 company DunAn Group, the investment group manages total fund of RMB 6 billion today, with successful investment in 77 Chinese startups across multiple sectors including healthcare, advanced manufacturing, energy & cleantech, etc. It was nominated for “Top 10 Zhengjiang Investment Group” for seven years in a row and was awarded for “Chinese VC of Best Potential” in 2016 – 2017 by  

Founded in 1995, Shenzhen Sunrise New Energy Co. Ltd., formerly known as Shenzhen Rainbow Fine Chemical Industry Co. Ltd., was listed on the Shenzhen Stock Exchange in 2008. Its main lines of business include Lithium-ion battery, photovoltaic power generation and New Energy bus operation. In 2016, it set up a fund to invest in autonomous driving, wireless charging, advanced parking management, artificial intelligence and robotics sectors.


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