10 new startups graduate Chinaccelerator’s 6th batch
China’s premiere startup accelerator, Chinaccelerator, today announced its sixth batch of graduate startups. This is the second round since the program relocated from Dalian to Shanghai.
Chinaccelerator claims to offer “the Silicon Valley experience in Shanghai” and wants to thrust more startups onto the world stage. Here’s an overview of the 10 graduates:
BootDev leverages Drupal and Amazon Web Services (AWS) to create a backend as a service. Using this, companies building websites only need to focus on front end development. BootDev is code-free and provides database and file storage services. Customers can get a free trial using the AWS free tier, while paid plans cost US$199 (Basic) and US$1,599 (recommended) per month.
Clawz makes designer jewelry for fingernails that can be repeatedly worn and removed. Each piece is 3D-printed with metals like silver, brass, and gold, all created by professional designers. The ordering process is done entirely online. Users just pick a design and submit a photo of their nails next to a coin.
TQSurvey is a research tool for surveying customers on mobile. It claims to offer real-time feedback and real customer information at a tenth of the cost of competitors.
Kliptap is a crowdfunding and video site that expands on the success of the ice bucket challenge. Each campaign gets a centralized channel where the user introduces their initiative and “taps” friends to upload their own videos promoting the cause. The idea is to trigger a chain reaction of video responses to raise money and promote the campaign.
Fancy Cellar is a wine importer and distributor in China. It’s website aims to simplify, accelerate, and guide the wine-buying decision using its “Digital Sommelier solution”. Fancy Cellar has a bilingual website and claims to offer “unrivaled” prices, but it’s up against a host of strong competitors in the saturated Chinese market.
Olifun is a location-based app that finds happy hour specials at nearby bars and restaurants. The app currently has over 300 listings in Shanghai. The photo-heavy app features personalized recommendations from local experts. Olifun is available as a WeChat public account and on the Apple App store. An Android version is on the way.
RaVaBe is a digital publishing tool that simplifies the process of publishing content on multiple media channels. It’s aimed at SMEs that lack dedicated social media managers. Website down as of press time.
Rumarocket is essentially a search engine that summarizes performance data, evaluations, and assessments of an individual so a company can decide whether or not to hire him or her. First, a company identifies the type of talent they want. Rumarocket then automates the process of looking through resumes and assessments to find employees with the right fit. This can be further tailored to a specific company by adding in employees’ performance data.
Wityu is a crowd-curated music site and app where users collaborate to create playlists. Users can vote on and edit songs in the playlists. Essentially, it’s a crowdsourced Pandora. Wityu seems to be off to a good start with a solid website and music ranging from pop tunes to the Sailor Moon soundtrack, but we’ll see how well it fares when it hits the wall of licensing fees and stubborn record companies.
Possibly the most ambitious of this year’s batch, Zhu-Lou wants to create a Student Information System to digitize the Chinese public school system. It claims it can make it easier for administrators to manage schools and allow parents to monitor their children’s performance. Schools and parents gain access to third-party educational services and software. Chinese schools are notoriously tough nuts to crack, however, often shying away from costly new technologies.