Gareth Downey, Director of UniCupid, spoke to us about making college dating easier through their verified user system. With a geolocation API that connects users at the same college or university, finding your next beau or belle is a breeze with UniCupid, according to Downey. Bubble's no-code platform and cost effectiveness made using the platform to create UniCupid a no-brainer.
Tell us about your app and what it does.
UniCupid is a niche University Dating App designed to make dating easy for university and college students. It is estimated that approximately 10% of online dating profiles are fake. Our app solves this problem as all users are verified as real students through verification via their University Email addresses. Through our App, users can find students on their own campus through Geolocation API to match with, chat and date. This idea came about during the Pandemic. Social distancing restrictions and lockdowns have had huge implications on the social lives of students across the globe as well as adversely affecting their mental health. University Students now find themselves on Zoom classes and don't get a chance to meet other students.
How does your app work?
A new User signs up through their own Social Accounts and once registered their accounts are then verified through their University Email address. Users then fill out their Bio including their University and Course and can then search for other Users on their campus and once matched can chat. The App is free to use however users can opt for a premium membership on a subscription basis with in-app purchases for additional perks.
Tell us a little about your background and how you discovered no-code tools like Bubble.
I am an entrepreneur from Ireland and founder of one of the biggest Students Events Companies within the UK and Ireland. We operate events in over 20 cities nationwide so I have vast experience in identifying trends in the student market. Our events this year are limited due to social distancing restrictions, so we have seen first-hand how the pandemic is affecting students. After a successful trial of our app on a small number of University Students, we received feedback of strong demand for our Niche Dating App Service. In the coming weeks we are launching this app to our wider student network.
After long and protracted discussions with multiple App Developers and our own research, we found Bubble to be the best option to develop our app as a web application before converting it to a native application.
Why did you build your app on Bubble?
We built our app on Bubble due to the no-code suitability, ease of use as well as being the most cost effective way for launching our startup. We were looking for a platform with robust back-end capabilities to build the apps we had envisioned.
What have been your milestones or successes so far?
We have successfully tested our app with a small segment of the student population in Northern Ireland and in the coming weeks we will launch into over 20 cities across Northern Ireland, The Republic Of Ireland, Scotland and England.
What are your future plans for your app?
There are over 3.5 million University Students in the UK and Ireland. We aim to expand our reach to the entire student population. Our mission is to make UniCupid the market leader in University Dating Apps. We aim to solve the huge issue of fake profiles through our verification technology and aim to connect millions of students to make dating at University simple.
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