WIA2020 | 30 Tech Entrepreneurs in China
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WIA2020 | 30 Tech Entrepreneurs in China

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WIA2020 | 30 Tech Entrepreneurs in China

Healthcare, Technology, Financials Author: Ruizhi Cheng Apr 22, 2021 03:11 PM (GMT+8)

ContributorsMengyao Zhang, Chendi Qian



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This research includes 150 entrepreneurs who operate the most promising technology-based businesses in China. The candidates have been selected based on five distinct categories, including professional background and business achievements. The report is a helpful resource for institutional investors seeking groundbreaking businesses in China, as well as for international corporations that are looking for partnerships in the local market.


  • 90% of the selected Youth Entrepreneurs 2020 are active in the technology, communication and consumer service sectors – areas that have seen a plethora of disruptive business models appearing over the past few years.
  • 54% of China's overseas returnees name the country's rapid economic growth among the reasons for their decision to go back, which indicates a rather positive outlook of the local labor market.
  • 73% of the selected AI Entrepreneurs are based in Beijing and Shanghai, China’s major technology and education hubs.
  • Twentyone women-founded startups reached the 'unicorn' status in 2019 globally – over five times more than in 2013; in China, the edtech company VIPKID is the largest among such entities.
  • 69% of foreign entrepreneurs in China have experienced administrative licensing problems and over half of them have faced product approval delays.


  • 1 Introduction
  • 2 Highlights
  • 3 30 Young-gen Tech Innovators in China
  • 4 30 Science-Entrepreneurs in China
  • 5 30 AI Entrepreneurs in China
  • 6 30 Female Entrepreneurs in China
  • 7 30 Foreign Entrepreneurs in China
  • 8 Lessons from startup experience in China

In this report

17 charts

depicting current global entrepreneurship trends

150 entrepreneurs

shortlisted as the most prominent representatives of China's tech scene across five categories

About the research

EqualOcean Intelligence is the research and consulting division of EqualOcean. It provides market and investment analysis, as well as advisory services for global enterprises and public decision-makers. Widely recognized across a number of industries thanks to its service capacity and research methodology, EqualOcean Intelligence closely tracks cutting-edge technologies, applying unique frameworks and models to solve longstanding and emerging problems.

EqualOcean Intelligence's scope comprises eight major sectors: technology, consumer, healthcare, automotive, industrials, financials, communication and real estate. With over 100 experienced and qualified analysts at work, EqualOcean Intelligence is one of the few institutions delivering content in both English and Chinese, together with the requisite expertise to interpret both cultures. This rare talent mix is one of the reasons EqualOcean is widely quoted by so many top global publications.

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