British Muslim dating app goes global after $1.75M funding round

muzmatch, a dating app for Muslims, is becoming a British tech success story, seeing rapid worldwide growth.

The three-year-old company, based in Aldgate, east London, was set up by Shahzad Younas, 33, an ex-investment banker for Morgan Stanley, and Ryan Brodie, 24, a tech entrepreneur, to help Muslims find their partner more easily.

With a $1.75M seed investment under its belt and backing from Silicon-Valley based Y Combinator (Airbnb/Dropbox/Stripe), and Hambro Perks – the venture firm which backs and builds leading British technology companies with global ambitions – muzmatch has grown quickly; the app now has more than 500,000 members in over 190 countries.

In the last six months, the team itself has rapidly expanded, growing to six engineers and marketing staff based in their London office, as well as a 3 person team in Bangladesh.

muzmatch already dominates English speaking markets, and is now localising the app for their diverse global audience. “By adding 12 languages to our app we hope to truly serve this global audience and further boost the number of international successes through our platform,” said Younas, Founder and CEO of muzmatch.

Demand for the app on a global scale is evident in it’s support for growth from the app’s international user base. muzmatch called upon its global user’s to assist in translating and testing the revamped app, essentially crowdsourcing this task amongst its community.

Ryan Brodie, Founder and CTO said; “Thousands offered to translate and test the new version of muzmatch and their efforts have proven invaluable. Their understanding has resulted in a product that’s as accessible and intuitive in these new languages as the original was in English.”

With the Holy month of Ramadan reaching an end, muzmatch will launch the new app internationally in time for the Muslim festival of Eid al Fitr.