Muslim dating app eyes growth with £1.5m boost
A dating app for Muslims which has over 350,000 members is looking to expand internationally after closing a seed investment round of £1.5m.
London-based Muzmatch was launched in 2015 by founders Shahzad Younas and Ryan Brodie with the aim of creating an app to solve problems faced by young Muslims trying to find their lifelong partner.
The pair say that navigating the realms of family, culture, tradition and religious considerations are often overlooked on other dating apps.
Muzmatch boasts features which combine many of the strengths of mainstream dating apps while "meeting Islamic sensibilities" when it comes to finding a partner, including privacy and anonymity, as well as chaperone support.
"With Muzmatch our goal is to be the biggest app for Muslims worldwide looking for a partner," said CEO Shahzad Younas. "That is potentially some 400 million people.
"This brings its own challenges as we navigate the diverse Muslim demographic with many differences in culture, language and religious sensibilities. We've already made huge headway, and with this sizable seed round we have the means to focus on building on our game-changing product for what is a very underserved market."
The seed round was supported by notable investors including London-based company builder Hambro Perks, as well as Y Combinator and FJ Labs.
The funds will be used for international expansion.
Younas added: "In addition to the global investors we have secured, we are delighted to have a leading UK investor such as Hambro Perks on board. They loved our vision, our product and the strong foundations we had already built.
"They will be an invaluable asset as we look to scale Muzmatch globally and fulfill our ambition of being one of the standout British Tech success stories."