Matchbox, an Indian dating app that matches users over common music taste, has been accepted onto Facebook’s FbStart program.
The Mumbai-based startup was founded by Jude Pereira in 2016, and wants to help singles meet someone who shares their taste in music.
Employing a swiping functionality, the app shows you the top ten artists that are common between you and the person you are looking at, and you are connected if you both swipe right.
Founder Jude Pereira explains: “You’re more likely to be at ease knowing that the opposite person is a little similar to you.
“Matchbox was crafted with the sole intention that music is the key that connects us, and binds us together.”
And the dating app has now been accepted onto Facebook’s FbStart program, in the bootstrap track.
According to a note posted by Pereira on his blog, the startup has received “a lot of freebies (worth $40K USD)” to help kickstart the app’s growth.
This includes a host of benefits from Facebook and its partners, such as a $5,000 Amazon Web Services credit, $500 Facebook ad credit, free processing of $50,000 in payments from Stripe and $1,800 of Apteligent credit.
The Matchbox founder said: “As a result, the number of users on the platform has grown tremendously, across several other regions. To be a part of the few apps in India to be accepted, means a lot.”
The app currently has between 1,000 and 5,000 users, mainly from Mumbai and Pune, mostly in the 18-26 age bracket, and since the FbStart announcement its DAU count is at around 300.
FbStart runs two tracks, Bootstrap and Accelerate, both open to applications.
The program was founded back in 2014 as a way to help app developers kickstart growth.
Find out more about the company here and the FbStart program here.