China is known for following the innovations of other countries. Three or four years ago, it was common to hear startups pitch themselves as the Google, Facebook, Twitter, or [insert name of well-known Western tech company] of China. Times have changed. We hardly ever hear that phrase anymore.
In fact, the Chinese market is less and less interested in what Silicon Valley has to offer. Companies like Ele.me, Bytedance, and RED (aka Xiaohongshu) are building business models unique to China. Nowadays, many other developing markets are looking to China for insights into how to develop their business.
Here at TechNode, we’ve been following China tech since 2007. We stand at the front lines, giving the world the latest news and information about China tech. However, when we report on popular startups, we are occasionally met with confusion from overseas readers, who want to know: What is that company? Where did it come from? To help you answer those questions, we present: China Investment Trends, an investment tracking platform for an international audience.
Since January, we’ve been tracking and analyzing the daily investment deals in the local market. That means you can now—on a daily basis—check all investment made in China: which companies received investment, by which VC firm, the investment stage, the industry sectors, and more. So far, we have compiled 670+ companies that have raised funding in 200+ sectors, 129 Chinese unicorns in the 10 hottest sectors, and 700+ investment deals.
In the future, we’ll be adding more features and launching our members-only database with more tools to help you better understand China’s startup ecosystem.