(l-r) Shahzad Younas and Ryan Brodie, founders of Muzmatch
Muzmatch, a dating platform for Muslims, has closed a £1.5m seed funding round as it looks to expand across the globe.
The round was supported by notable investors including London-based company builder Hambro Perks, as well as Y Combinator, and FJ Labs.
The funding will be used to consolidate Muzmatch’s position as a leading dating platform for Muslims and to expand internationally.
Launched in 2015 by founders Shahzad Younas and Ryan Brodie, London-based Muzmatch focused on creating an app to solve the many problems faced by young Muslims who are trying to find their lifelong partner.
With innovative features; complete privacy and anonymity, as well as chaperone support, Muzmatch has successfully managed to combine many of the strengths of mainstream dating apps whilst meeting Islamic sensibilities when it comes to finding a partner.
Shahzad Younas, CEO and founder of Muzmatch, said: "With Muzmatch our goal is to be the biggest app for Muslims worldwide looking for a partner. 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.”
He 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.”