Expanding your startup to China or starting a business in China is not a piece of cake, especially if you’re an expat not speaking Chinese, or have zero experience in China. Local startup accelerators are there to help you out, but it’s not only a certain amount of funding and a free office space that you want from them in exchange for a stake in your startup. So, how do you know which one is the best for your startup, and do they really provide extra value, like valuable business connections and mentorings?

TechNode interviewed five Korean startups that have gone through 3 months long accelerator programs in China. This is what they say about the accelerator programs.

If you’re outside of China, then you first might want to decide the city that you want to settle down, then find a startup accelerator there. Chuangyebang and Feimalv are both based in Beijing and Shanghai, and other accelerators like Innospace, Chinaccelerator, XNODE, Suhehui, iStart are only based in Shanghai. In Shenzhen, HAX is notably the destination for hardware startup, providing 111 days acceleration process. Some accelerators like NodeSpace targets emerging second-tier cities like Hangzhou and Chengdu.

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Eva Yoo

Eva Yoo is Shanghai-based tech writer. Reach her at evayoo@technode.com