Become a Startup Scout

Join the exciting world of VC startup scouting in Shanghai. Discover new startups, strengthen your network, and have a direct impact in shaping the city's economic landscape. The future is in your hands.


Shanghai is a major hub for startups and venture capital firms. The city has a vibrant ecosystem that provides ample opportunities for entrepreneurs and investors. Shanghai is home to one of Asia's most vibrant startup scenes, with sectors such as technology, healthcare, and financial services being particularly prominent.

One of the city's biggest success stories is Ant Group, a fintech company that was spun off from Alibaba. Ant Group raised $34.5 billion in the world's largest IPO in 2020, reflecting the tremendous growth and potential of Shanghai's startup scene. The Sequoia Capital China, a venture capital firm also based in Shanghai, is among the investors of Ant Group.

Another notable success story is Pinduoduo, an agritech startup also based in Shanghai. Founded by Colin Huang in 2015, Pinduoduo has grown rapidly and is now one of the largest agriculture-focused technology companies in the world. Huang's approach shows the innovation inherent in Shanghai's startup scene, as Pinduoduo's model combines e-commerce with social buying features.

Shanghai's government has also been proactive in supporting the startup and VC ecosystem. The city has recently launched initiatives aimed at attracting foreign venture capital firms and facilitating the exchange of information and resources between domestic and international investors. Aside from that, the local government also launched the Shanghai Star Market, an innovation-oriented board, to provide domestic tech companies with a new fundraising channel.

With a large pool of talent, a strategic geographic location, and strong government support, Shanghai is on its way to becoming one of the top startup ecosystems in the world. Its successful startups and venture capitalists reflect the city's potential to incubate innovation and create world-leading companies.

As a Scout, You Can...


Kickstart Your Venture Capital Career

Showing your skills in picking successful startups and advising founders is the surest way to build your reputation and secure a venture capital role.

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Help Your Ecosystem Thrive

Your community, region, or group thrives when its founders are given the chance to succeed before going back and reinvesting in their comunities.

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Earn a Share in Startups Without Investing in Them

Earn a share in startups you scout without the funds to invest directly just like a VC partner.

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Monetise Your Content & Community

As a podcaster, community manager, or event organiser you have a front-row seat to interesting startups which you can monetise by helping them fundraise.

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Create a Fairer Society

By identifying under-represented founders you're level the playing field for anyone to success based on merit independent from their social or ethnic background.

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Help Friends Get Funded

Help your friends who are neck-deep in their startups get the funding they need to succeed.

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Grow Your Personal Brand

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Join as a Scout at Your University

Available Programs

Startup Investor?

Are you an investor looking to capitalize on Shanghai's innovation? Sign up to receive dealflow opportunities from individual startups and innovators in the area. Invest in the future of Shanghai!

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Do you interview founders &ย startups? Take your conversation insights to the next level by scouting your favourite podcast guests.

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Co-Working Space Organiser

Do you help run a co-working space as an organiser or a greeter? Do you come across interesting entrepreneurs and startups?

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Event Organiser

Do you organise an event, conference, or trade show? Help your founder attendees get discovered.

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Are you active in the entrepreneurship club at your college? Doing an MBA? Or are you a PHDย student at a technical university? Help your fellow students get funded.

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