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Top Shanghai Tech and Startup 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 an open, international community for independent freelancers to work in engineering teams to further develop their software development abilities. We create opportunities for collaboration with our clients and optimize clients’ projects resources allocation from our pool of freelancers. We also welcome passionate software developers to discuss, meet and hold workshops to raise the bar for software engineering excellence worldwide. We are open to any freelancers who share the same vision as ours. Come join us, let’s share the passion and build a healthy community!


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.

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 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.


InnoSpace is a community for entrepreneurs and startups, providing effective incubation and open innovation services. It encompasses cube for startup incubation, labs for industry acceleration, college for talent development, club for connecting entrepreneurs, investors and industry experts, and funds for angel investment. As one of China’s pioneer ‘NewGenerationIncubator’, InnoSpace has nurtured close to 400 startups.


At weHustle, our mission is to foster the highest quality pool of innovators in China. In order to achieve this, we connect likeminded international professionals who are passionate about innovation. We provide a platform for hustlers, those who aim to accelerate their personal growth and build networks around startups, scaleups and corporates. Essentially, the weHustle platform is designed to be an innovation and community building service that encourages entrepreneurship in China.


We Help Startups, Entrepreneurs & Corporate Innovators Build The Next Big Thing.

Successful innovation is a direct result of agility, speed and collaboration. Through continuous iteration, rigorous customer interaction and by truly opening up — innovation can be brought to market much quicker. We empower innovators to build scalable ventures in collaboration with startups, government, corporates and academia. One of the biggest challenges of startups is to scale rapidly and with excellence. One of the biggest challenges of corporates is to innovate quicker with more impact. XNode exists to bring together the best of both worlds. Empowering innovators to create new innovations at lightning speed.

Free Entrepreneurs

Free Entrepreneurs (FE) is connecting Chinese start-ups ecosystem with global innovation hubs and vice-versa. We are an online-to-offline (O2O) open platform bringing together all players the scene: entrepreneurs, start-ups, makers, inventors, incubators, accelerators, mentors, thinkers, … we are a China-centric organization born in Shanghai building bridges between China, Latin-American and Asia.


Slush entered China in 2015 with its debut event being held in Beijing. In 2016 and 2017, Slush China team brought this world-class event to Shanghai with an average 5000 attendees.
As a part of the Slush global community, Slush China aims to facilitate startups and technology talents to meet with top-tier investors, executives and media. We are also proud to serve as a Eurasian startup platform.

Ranked by Forbes magazine, Slush Shanghai has become the leading international startup and technology event in China.


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