Jigtalk head Stateside for accelerator

Jigtalk head Stateside for accelerator

JigTalk, the dating app that puts personality ahead of looks, has become the first UK start-up to be awarded a $250,000 place on a prestigious US accelerator programme.

Now entering its third programme, The Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center is a San Francisco-based non-profit organization designed to educate, innovate, and connect aspiring and current entrepreneurs.

 

Established in 2014 with support from the Nasdaq Educational Foundation, the Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center serves the greater Bay Area community through differentiated events, meaningful entrepreneurial education, and a strong commitment to mentorship.

 

Hundreds of applicants applied to Milestone Makers, with just 10 selected for each programme

ProlificNorth reports that Alex Durrant, 23, CEO and co-founder of JigTalk, is the first UK-based entrepreneur to be selected for the programme. Since joining up with friend Max Adamski, 23, to develop the application, the pair have acquired investment from New York and London angel investors before releasing the first version of JigTalk in February 2017.

JigTalk was formed after co-founder Max Adamski got frustrated with using dating apps that solely focused on people’s looks, encouraging a ‘swipe left’ culture.

JigTalk consists of 16 jigsaw pieces initially covering each user’s image, popping away, one by one, as more and more messages are exchanged.

Using “gamification” techniques, which encourages users to take part in fun activities rather than being passive consumers, JigTalk brings back the art of conversation to dating.

Durrant said: “Building JigTalk has been a challenging experience, but witnessing the response makes it all worth it. I’m looking to build connections with the other entrepreneurs and mentors in San Francisco and raise the profile of UK tech outside of London!

“As we all know, San Francisco and Silicon Valley are the main tech hubs of the world, so I hope that forming these new bridges will encourage and help other young northern entrepreneurs.”