How China's AI startups are adapting to changed climate

China's AI startups face a tougher funding environment and stiff competition from the data-rich BATs. So how are they coping? FinanceAsia's conference tour yields a few clues.

Smaller companies looking to profit from artificial intelligence AI face an uphill struggle in China due to competition from the established big internet names and a more miserly funding environment, delegates at different conferences heard earlier this month in Hong Kong.

But there are coping strategies open to AI startups that could yet, in time, help them hit the big time, industry insiders said.

In a survey at the Asian Financial Forum AFF in Hong Kong, 31% of participants said bigger established players  the likes of Baidu, Alibaba, and Tencent BAT  were the number one threat to AI...

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