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Curated list of Shanghai-based programs for entrepreneurs

Shanghai, as a major global business hub with a thriving startup scene, is home to many great entrepreneurial programs. In this article, we will curate some of the best communities for the creative and adventurous minds.

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Overseas and local entrepreneurs often ask our mentors at Le Wagon Shanghai what are the existing programs to turn their idea into a startup, or to improve their odds of success in mainland China 🇨🇳.

Luckily, Shanghai, as a rising global business hub with thriving startup scene, is home to many great entrepreneurial communities. In this article, we curate some of the best Shanghai-based programs for the creative and adventurous minds like you.

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The List in a Snapshot

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1. ChinAccelerator

"We help leading global internet startups to enter China and help local Chinese startups expand to global markets."

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Highlights:

3+3 Months Program for Startups

Target Group:


  1. Leading global internet startups seeking to enter China


  2. Local Chinese startups aiming to expand to global markets

Application Process & Program Details:

2. XNode

"We help startups & entrepreneurs create the future."

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Highlights:

Scaleup Acceleration Program

Target Group:


  1. Companies that have traction in their home market. This can mean different things, but it's typically a strong demonstration of product-market fit and/or some institutional funding for their expansion into new markets.


  2. Companies that are serious about launching their product or service into the Chinese market.


  3. The program is NOT looking for businesses that are only looking to source/manufacture in China. To be clear, not averse to having companies that need to source/manufacture in China as part of their model, but the program is built around helping set up business operations here for the long term so there should be a China angle to the business.


  4. Applicants need to be able to commit to being in Shanghai for a 3-month program.

Application Process & Program Details:

3. Startup Leadership Program

"A community of entrepreneurs and innovators committed to changing the world."

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Highlights:

Target Group:

People who either founded or run a startup, or are innovators or idea generators who would like to turn an idea into a company, or are VC who want to be closer to entrepreneurs.

Application Process & Program Details:

https://startupleadership.com/pages/admission

4. iGenesiis

"The community way to ignite your startup in 15 weeks."

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Highlights:

Target Group:


  1. People with innovative ideas who want to ignite their business leveraging the power of innopreneur community.


  2. People at the beginning, before the accelerator and incubator stages, of their startup.

Application Process & Program Details:

http://www.igenesiis.com/admissions.html

5. Concept Lab

"An education-based, revenue-driven training program supporting sustainable and diverse businesses."

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Highlights:

Target Group:

Entrepreneurs, founders of small Shanghai-based businesses

Application Process & Program Details:

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6. Jade Value incubator

"JadeValue provides promising Fintech startups with the Capital, Network and Advisory they need to reach the next level."

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Highlights:

Target Group:

Fintech startup in the above mentioned five areas.

Application Process:

http://www.jadevaluefintech.com/apply

7. FinTech connector

"The first exclusive online membership community that connects local fintech entrepreneurs and start-ups (Innovators) with global professionals, thought leaders, and investors (Enablers)."

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Highlights:

Target Group:

Enablers


  1. Experienced professionals in finance, business development, consulting, or technology


  2. Have extensive professional networks


  3. Experienced investors or have access to investor networks

Innovators


  1. Are entrepreneurs with a vetted fintech business or innovation idea, an Investor Pitch Deck AND Explainer Video, or a Proof of Concept / Minimum Viable Product


  2. Are MIT/GetSmarter alumni with a viable Capstone Project and an established team of innovators


  3. Own a Pre-Series A fintech startup

Application Process & Program Details:

https://www.fintechconnector.com

8. Bayer Grants4Apps Incubator

"Grants4Apps is Bayer’s accelerator program, organized around the concept of Digital Health."

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Highlights:

Target Group:

Seed round funding digital health startups with a powerful vision and great teams that already have a prototype that they’ve tested with potential customers, but are still pre-revenue.

There should be significant scaling opportunities and a focus on digital health, either via a business model, an app or a device.

Application Process & Program Details:

https://www.grants4apps.com/shanghai/

9. Le Wagon

"Le Wagons brings technical skills to entrepreneurs and creative people."

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Highlights:

Target Group:

Application Process & Program Details:

https://www.lewagon.com/shanghai
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