The Irish startup GirlCrew has raised almost $1 million in a seed funding ahead of its US expansion.
The investors include LinkedIn chief executive Jeff Weiner, Reddit’s director of data science Joe Gallagher, Aegis Corporate Strategy managing director Hazel Hutchinson, Wrigley chief marketing officer Orla Mitchell and PCH chief executive Liam Casey, and Enterprise Ireland.
The women-only social network is planning to use the funding to expand in the US.
Ms Newenham, joint executive of GirlCrew said: “We believe real friendships happen in person. However, sometimes you need a nudge and an extra channel in order to meet these new like-minded people.”
The platform is aimed at making real-world friendships, with users being able to sign up for coffee meetings and book clubs. It will also provide the community with various online groups.
Newenham added: “So many people have either moved to a new city, or have found themselves at a different life stage to their friends, because their friends are getting married, settling down etc. As a result, they need new friends, but making friends as an adult can be hard.”
GirlCrew was created after co-founder Ms Carri wanted to go dancing on a Friday night, but none of her girl friends were available. She set up a Tinder account and changed her profile picture to explain she was a female looking for other female friends, and quickly gathered about 100 women on the app.
The app has now successfully signed up more than 100,000 members in cities worldwide, including London, New York, Dublin, San Francisco, Toronto, Melbourne and Edinburgh.
Ms Newenham concluded: “It’s a big step for us, but we’ve had global ambitions from the start.”
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