Why Nanjing?

Nanjing City

  • Nanjing’s population ~8.5 million people and GDP of US$180 bn (RMB1.2 trillion)

  • Nanjing is the capital city of Jiangsu province

  • An international city with approximately 30,000 expats

  • 50% of Nanjing's GDP is from the service sector

  • Ranked #1 by pwc for intellectual capital and innovation in PWC's Chinese Cities of Opportunities 2018 report

  • Nanjing’s software industry is the third largest software industry in China, third only to mega-cities Shenzhen and Beijing

Jiangsu Province

  • Jiangsu province is the second largest economy in China, GDP of US$1.4 tn (RMB9 tn)

  • Located on the Yangtze River Delta which holds 80 million people (roughly 11% of China’s population), generating nearly 20% of China’s total economic output and an annual GDP of US$1.5 tn (equivilent of Russia)

Talent Pool and R&D

  • Nanjing is home to 53 universities and colleges

  • The highest density of university students in China (approx. 830,000)

  • 808 engineering technology research centers

  • 160 maker spaces

  • 150+ incubators

  • Very supportive local government policies for foreign startups, entrepreneurs and businesses

Major Innovative Industries

  • Advanced manufacturing (new smart electronic​​s, smart cars, biomedical and new materials)

  • Modern service industries (software, fintech, education, culture & tourism, health, logistics and high-end commerce)

  • Future industries (AI, future network, additive and new materials, life and health, new finance and new retail)

Major Companies in Nanjing

  • Ford

  • Made-In-China

  • Suning

  • PwC

  • IBM

  • Microsoft

  • HSBC

  • EY

  • KPMG

  • Deloitte

  • ICBC

  • BSH

  • Citrix

  • Samsung

  • Siemens

  • Jiangsu Broadcasting Corp

  • Oracle

  • Huawei

  • ZTE

  • JD

  • Alibaba


  • 4th largest subway system in China with new lines opening every year

  • Asia is very accessible, residents can fly anywhere in Asia within a couple of hours from Nanjing Lukou International Airport

  • Eastern China’s transportation hub linking north, east and central China making travel throughout China quick and easy

  • Shanghai and Beijing are only 1 hour and 3 hours away respectively on a bullet train

Cost of Living

  • Nanjing's cost of living is significantly lower than that of the like of Shanghai, Shenzhen, Beijing

History, Scenery & Life

  • Historically Nanjing is very important as it is the old capital of China

  • An abundance of parks and mountains

  • UNESCO sights

  • A great supply of local and international restaurants, bars, cafes and nightclubs

Startup Nanjing

A not-for-profit grassroots community organisation that aims to nurture the international startup ecosystem in Nanjing.


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