Safer Date, an online dating startup which claims to have no fake profiles or catfishes, has been selected in a new accelerator programme. Ignite North East, which is running the programme, will be providing £10,000 to all selected businesses.
Businesses chosen for the programme will also receive mentoring from tech entrepreneurs, and be invited to workshops with business experts. There will also be opportunities for the startups to access over £250,000 in credits from Amazon Web Services, Hubspot, and Stripe.
The pre-accelerator initiative is funded by the North of Tyne Combined Authority, a partnership between the regions of Newcastle, North Tyneside, and Northumberland in the United Kingdom.
The objective is to encourage growth among the North East’s digital businesses.
“The number of applications for the programme has grown by nearly 50% – a great indicator that more and more North East residents are thinking about starting a business”, shared Jo York, CEO of Ignite Accelerator.
“Ignite focuses on founders and on giving them the support they need to create scalable businesses – I can’t tell you how excited I am to start working with these amazing people”, York continued.
Safer Date makes users undergo a rigorous registration process in order to eliminate catfishes and fake profiles. Premium members of the app receive a global criminal background check, which they can proudly display once completed.
Safer Date is currently only available in the UK, serving the straight and LGBT community in the country.