Online education has definitely been one of the hottest topics in the Chinese tech industry during 2014. More than 100 education startups pocketed funding over the year, according to ITjuzi.com, a Chinese online database for startups. TAL Education Group (NYSE:XRS), a K-12 focused Chinese education company, invested in more than 30 online education startups during the year to expand beyond its core business. In April, Tarena, an IT training company, went to IPO on the NASDAQ. Several more digital and online education companies went public in the domestic market this year.

Almost all big Chinese internet companies have tapped into online education. Tencent and Alibaba added functions onto their existing platforms, QQ IM and Taobao respectively, to enable the delivery of online video courses. YY launched 100.com, a site focusing on English tests for studying abroad, to complement its existing online teaching platform YY Education. Almost all of the major Chinese internet companies have acquired or invested in online education startups, or established joint ventures with traditional private education companies, during this year.

There have been several failed online education projects too. Fortunately we’ve seen Chinese online education startups becoming more mature this year. Here are ten online education startups we think have potential or are worth noting.

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Tracey Xiang

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