500 Startups Investments in Greater China

500 Startups Investments in Greater China

Founded in 2010 by Christine Tsai and Dave McClure, 500 Startups is one of the largest venture capital seed fund and seed accelerator firms in the world, with investments made in more than 1,300 tech startups worldwide.

500 Startups initiated its focus on investing in Greater China (Mainland China, Hong Kong & Taiwan) in early 2013 with the appointment of Rui Ma as a venture partner to expand 500 Startups portfolio in the region. Below is a list of notable tech startups in Greater China that has attracted investments from 500 Startups since its inception.

Note: List is not exhaustive.


World’s largest travel research and online booking platform for travellers intending to plan a trip to China. Provides travellers with insider access, expert knowledge and exclusive deals on tours and events in China at local prices. Local versions of the website are available in Australia, Brunei, Canada, Indonesia, Ireland, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, UK and the US
Website: http://www.jetbay.com/

Cross-platform mobile messaging platform that provides customer service, support and sales console on to of existing mobile messaging apps. It currently runs on popular Chinese mobile messaging app, WeChat
Website: https://www.grata.co

Employee loyalty solutions company that enhance sthe livelihood of frontline workers while enabling employers to generate cost savings
Website: http://www.microbenefits.com/

Internet managed services and cloud computing service provider to help businesses build, optimize, manage, and migrate their Internet infrastructure
Website: http://www.chinanetcloud.com/

Web-based logistics platform providing cross border logistics services for merchants to ship their products to their international customers. Currently, shipment is limited between China and US
Website: http://boxc.com/

Platform for budding authors to self-publish foreign language versions of their works in order to reach a global audience
Website: http://www.fiberead.com/

Cryptocurrency technology company that aims to use technology to make financial transactions simpler for users
Website: https://melotic.com/

Hong Kong

Open and collaborative platform for users to share and spread visual entertainment quickly and easily
Website: http://9gag.com/

Animoca Brands
Developer and publisher of original mobile games and games based on globally popular brands such as Ultraman, Doraemon and Garfield. In 2015, Animoca Brands went public and is currently listed on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX)
Website: http://www.animocabrands.com

Social travel mobile app that allows travelers to discover and share their travel finds and experiences
Website: http://spottly.com

DNA biotechnology startup that specialises in Pharmacogenomics. In March 2016, Prenetics has managed to raise US$10 million in its Series A round
Website: http://www.prenetics.com

A one-stop shipping order solution for e-commerce sellers allowing sellers to easily ship their products to their clients
Website: https://www.goeasyship.com

Online fashion brand selling quality fabric garments at everyday disruptive prices by eliminating the middlemen
Website: http://www.grana.com

Klarity Analytics
Social media intelligence and big data analytics platform that provides in-depth insight and visualisation on social media behaviours of Asian and Western users
Website: http://www.klarity-analytics.com

Recruitment automation candidate software that allows for the sourcing and screening of potential candidates automatically. It currently supports employers in more than 10 countries worldwide
Website: http://www.talkpush.com

A DIY e-commerce platform that allows e-commerce merchants to launch their own online shop within minutes
Website: https://shoplineapp.com/en

An online food recipe website that aims to make cooking traditional and modern Asian dishes fun and enjoyable for the younger generation through videos and easy to follow recipes
Website: http://www.daydaycook.com


Forum-based platform that provides a wide range of discussion topics with like-minded individuals to participate in and become everyday pals. Local versions are available in Germany, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Philippines, Russia Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam
Website: https://palplus.me/

The News Lens
Independent Taipei-based news site that focuses on engaging readers through news, social and political issues. Local versions are available in ASEAN, Hong Kong and Taiwan. An international version of the news site is also available
Website: http://www.thenewslens.com

Big data and predictive analytics company for Internet of Things (IoT). The company focuses on helping high-tech companies analyse their office and home IoT appliances
Website: http://www.mobagel.com/tw/

A mobile application that turns any mobile phone into a surveillance camera. Features include live video monitoring,2-way talk and cloud recording services
Website: https://www.my-alfred.com/

Bounty Hunter
Leading creative competition platform that crowdsource ideas and artwork for brands
Website: https://bhuntr.com/

Mobile platform that transforms users’ app prototypes on paper into click-through prototypes within minutes
Website: https://popapp.in/

Photo editing mobile application with more than 1500 stickers, 80 backgrounds and 60 templates to choose from. It also has a community of creators where users can express themselves and interact with others using pictures
Website: https://popapp.in/

Roam & Wander
Software and product creation studio that brings entrepreneurship ideas to life. Some of its product creation include Didi, an interactive teddy bear, and BarkHappy, a mobile app that connects with other dogs nearby for instant play dates
Website: http://www.roamandwander.com/

Marketplace for developers to seek for 1:1 help from other developer experts. Service is on-demand and instant help can be provided easily via code/screen sharing, video or text
Website: https://www.codementor.io/