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Shanghai Tech and Business Communities That Help You Grow

We hear a lot about how vital community is. It has became a buzzword. Various debates have arisen around the topic, since numerous small businesses overuse this term to draw attention and generate hype about their products and services. In this article I am not going to dive deep into the essence of the meaning of word community, but rather would like to share some organizations/companies that managed to gather, maintain and keep growing decent crowds successfully in Shanghai. Every community has its own value, purpose, and tactics for engaging people. However, the advantage of involvement in community is common- it has a way of connecting likeminded people. Find your preference, join the one you that fits your interests best, and grow together.

Startup Grind

Startup Grind is a global startup community designed to educate, inspire, and connect entrepreneurs. It is powered by Google for Entrepreneurs. We host monthly events in 400 cities and 120 countries featuring successful local founders, innovators, educators and investors who share personal stories and lessons learned on the road to building great companies.


For over six years, AngelHack and their nonprofit arm, Code For A Cause, has encouraged their diverse community of 150,000+ developers, designers, and entrepreneurs to become holistic and well-rounded hackers through programs that solve issues ranging from social impact to enterprise. Through these initiatives, AngelHack, a female-owned, female-majority company, aims to promote an inclusive environment and the creation of seamless technology both inside and out of the Silicon Valley bubble.

Techstars / Startup Weekend

In just 54 hours, you will experience the highs, lows, fun, and pressure that make up life at a startup. As you learn how to create a real company, you'll meet the very best mentors, investors, cofounders, and sponsors who are ready to help you get started. Your community is here to help you — find an event today!

Startup Leadership Program (SLP)

The Startup Leadership Program is a highly selective, world-class training program for outstanding founders, leaders, and innovators who want to become top startup CEOs. SLP Fellows have founded nearly 1600 successful startups & raised more than $500M in funding.


Chinaccelerator, a leading startup accelerator in China, is a mentorship-driven program helping internet startups from around the world cross borders – from the world into China and from China to the world. It is operated by the venture fund SOSV with $300M AUM operating six global accelerators. Chinaccelerator offers three months of rigorous guidance, training and resources from mentors, partners and investors. The robust and supportive alumni network continues into the startups’ post-Chinaccelerator lifespan.

Le Wagon

Le Wagon is a coding school founded in 2013. Le Wagon's mission is to bring technical skills to creative people. Our 9-week coding bootcamp gives you the ability to build a prototype of any idea you might have. No technical background needed, just your motivation.


Coderbunker is a community for developers to further develop their software development skills and create opportunities for collaboration with our customers.


Bi-monthly themed event for designers, creatives and product enthusiasts. For each meetup, we invite 2-3 industry leaders to share their insights and best practices on a specific UI/UX topic followed by Q&A. After the talks, we host an onstage job opening session aiming to help your team find ideal designers.


We are Shanghai Creative Collective (SCC), a non-profit organization, founded in 2013 by a group of creative professionals. SCC's mission is to unite all creatives under one flag and to elevate Shanghai’s creative industry to a creative HUB on a global scale. Currently we have 3000+ members from all creative industries across LinkedIn, Facebook & WeChat.

We organize bi-monthly events called “MADNESS” for creative mingling around a theme. These events consist of 4 to 5 TED talks by powerful speakers. Followed by a networking event where we exchange creative ideas and use our network as a leverage to create crossovers between creative industries.

Ladies Who Tech (LWT)

Ladies Who Tech (LWT) was started by women who are in the STEM industries and believe in challenging the status quo by encouraging more women to assist and discover their potential in STEM. We want to raise awareness of the lack of women in the STEM industries and help companies to have more diversity.

She Loves Tech

She Loves Tech is a global initiative showcasing the convergence of the latest trends in technology, entrepreneurship, innovation, and the opportunities it creates for women. Our goal is to provide a platform for international and Chinese tech companies, investors, entrepreneurs, startups, and consumers together, to promote technology for women and women in technology.

International Professional Women's Society (IPWS)

Our community of professional women is strong, diverse and respected. Our roots are firmly set in Shanghai; however we have members, supporters and partners from the world over, including an active chapter in India. With a global vision that now extends beyond China, we believe our community has transcended from “expatriate” to “international”. While our core mission and values remain the same, our new name and logo will change to reflect our evolution to the present day.

WeWork (naked Hub)

WeWork is a global network of workspaces where companies and people grow together. We transform buildings into dynamic environments for creativity, focus, and connection. More than just the best place to work, though, this is a movement toward humanizing work. We believe that CEOs can help each other, offices can use the comforts of home, and we can all look forward to Monday if we find real meaning in what we do.

WeWork Labs

WeWork Labs provides the community, education, connections, and mentorship to help anyone take the startup path and grow with us. We partner with local incubators and accelerators to provide holistic, long-term support for startups throughout their journey. Above all, we believe in humanizing the startup process, encouraging inclusivity and diversity, and connecting people to one another.

WeWork Labs is for-pay and will partner with you for as long as you need. We do not take equity in member companies, and pricing is dependent on your country, city, and location. WeWork Labs fits a wide variety of early stages, including pre-accelerator and post-accelerator. We’re your long-term partner and friend.

Impact Hub

We are the world’s largest network focused on building entrepreneurial communities for impact at scale — home to the innovators, the dreamers and the entrepreneurs who are creating tangible solutions to the world’s most pressing issues.

French Tech

In recent years, the French startup ecosystem has enjoyed incredible momentum, driven by a new generation of entrepreneurs, investors, engineers, designers and many other talented individuals. France has been called a new “Startup Republic”, dotted with thriving hubs and talent that are vehicles for a robust entrepreneurial mindset. This domestic momentum has a name – “French Tech” – and French startups are rallying around this emblematic moniker showing that the ecosystem is developing rapidly.

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