If you’re launching a dating site or app, and you’re not a millionaire, you’re gonna need funding if you want to compete with the big dogs. The good news is there are dozens of venture capital firms that are very interested in investing in dating sites and apps.
Below are 10 dating sites in whose financial footsteps you might want to follow — as they’ve received the most funding from some of the top venture capitalists in the world.
1. Baihe: $252.6 Million
Since 2005, Chinese dating site Baihe has received a total of $252.6 million in funding, according to Crunchbase.com. Investors include Mayfield Fund, GSR Ventures, New Enterprise Associates, Zero2IPO Capital, Dahu Aquaculture, and Shengda Mining Company.
2. Blued: $131.6 Million
Founded in 2012, Blued, a gay dating app that’s similar to Grindr, has been given more than $131 million from venture capital firms. CDH Investments, UG Capital, Ventech China, Vision Knight Capital, DCM Ventures, Shunwei Capital, Zhonglu Capital, and Crystal Stream Capital are among those who’ve taken stock in Blued.
3. Tantan: $107 Million
4. Zoosk: $61.1 Million
One of the most popular dating sites in the world, Zoosk, probably wouldn’t have gotten as far if it wasn’t for investments from ATA Ventures, Amidzad Partners, Canaan Partners, Bessemer Venture Partners, Crosslink Capital, and BDCA Venture, Inc. From 2008 to 2012, the site received over $60 million, according to Crunchbase’s numbers.
5. Paktor: $52 Million
Vertex Ventures kicked things off for Paktor (a singles social network based in Singapore) in 2014 with a $2 million investment. Now, Paktor has a total of $52 million in funding from MNC Media Investment, YJ Capital, K2 Global, PT Media Nusantara Citra Tbk., Convergence Ventures, Majuven, Convergent Ventures, Golden Equator Capital, Vertex Asia Fund, and Global Grand Leisure.
6. Happn: $22 Million
Happn is a super unique dating app because it matches you with people who you’ve crossed paths with in real life. So it’s no wonder that it makes our top-10 list at $22 million.
Investing companies include DN Capital, FJ Labs, Alven Capital, Tectonic Capital, Idinvest Partners, Flight Ventures, and Raine Ventures. Happn has even received funding from individuals such as Eytan Elbaz, Fabrice Grinda, Daniel Curran, Gil Penchina, and David Wolfson.
7. Hinge: $20.6 Million
Known as “the anti-Tinder,” Hinge is a dating app with a swipe matching system, but it’s meant for serious relationships. Fortify Ventures was the first venture capitalist to take a chance on Hinge — for a cool $100,000. As of December 2014, Hinge had almost $21 million in funding from Great Oaks Venture Capital, 500 Startups, Social Capital, Eniac Ventures, Red Swan Ventures, Middleland Capital, Graph Ventures, Militello Capital, Founders Fund, Lowercase Capital, CAA Ventures, Lumia Capital, Shasta Ventures, Slow Ventures, and Brainchild Holdings, not to mention several individual investors.
8. Coffee Meets Bagel: $16.7 Million
Coffee Meets Bagel is a female-friendly dating app that focus on quality, not quantity. The app’s funding started off at $600,000 from three companies and one individual — Lightbank, WI Harper Group, CRCM Ventures, and Peng T. Ong. Now it’s grown to more than $16 million, and Azure Capital Partners, Quest Venture Partners, Atami Capital, and Sandy Cass are among the investors.
9. Once: $9.1 Million
Crunchbase said the seed round occured in July 2015, and the next round of funding occured in June 2016.
10. Trulymadly.com: $5.7 Million
Trulymadly.com, which was founded in India in 2013, is another anomaly on our list — because it’s only had one round of funding totaling $5.7 million. Helion Venture Partners and Kae Capital were the firms to back the dating site.
These Companies Believe in the Future of Online Dating
There you have it — 10 dating sites and apps whose futures were changed because of the venture capitalist firms that believed in them. And there are hundreds of other platforms that we haven’t named here that have happy stories to share as well. Close behind them are EastMeetEast at $4.7 million, Datebox at $3.1 million, MeetMindful at $2.8 million, The League at $2.3 million, and HER at $2 million invested.
We also know we’ve thrown a lot of numbers and names at you, so check out these articles by TechCrunch and CB Insights to help you narrow down the best venture capitalists for you (if you’re looking). You’ve got this!