TAL Education Group, a Chinese private education company conducting research in China’s online education market, has seen fewer educational startups founded throughout this year than in 2013. There were nearly one thousand online education startups in China through to November 2014, according to TAL, with just 180 (19%) being created in the past six months.

While most Chinese online education startups were creating online content or migrating educational materials to digital in the early days of the industry, the recent trend is to build online and mobile services to improve efficiency or complement offline education. The category saw a 90% growth in the number of startups founded in the past six months while 45% of total investment went to service providers. Classes which include online content are cost-intensive as Chinese sites have not yet found ways to reach large audiences.

Of the total startups added in the past six months, 53% were business-to-customer while the rest are customer-to-customer, business-to-business or others.

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Tracey Xiang

Tracey Xiang is Beijing, China-based tech writer. Reach her at traceyxiang@gmail.com