Curated caricature avatar design service Siyanhui, the first project graduated from 3wcoffee’s Next Big incubator, secured angel investment from ZhenFund and Innovation Angel Funds, and moved to Shanghai (report in Chinese).

Siyanhui is the Chinese translation of a Japanese term which refers to a painted caricature that shows the features of its subject in an oversimplified or exaggerated way.

The company’s service is mainly offered via its subscription account (biaoqingmm) on WeChat platform, where users can select a service package and make payments via Alipay. The users will receive hand painted, rather computer generated, custom emoticons in five to seven working days after sending photos to Siyanhui through WeChat chatting windows. Additionally, the company also provides peripheral products, such as photo frames and cups painted with their rendered images.

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Emma Lee is Shanghai-based tech writer, covering startups and tech happenings in China and Asia in general. We are looking for stories related to tech and China. Reach her at lixin@technode.com.