happn lève 8 M$ avec Alven Capital et DN Capital


happn, the hyperlocalised dating app, today announced its first major funding boost following investments from venture capital firmsAlven Capital in France and…

happn, the hyperlocalised dating app, today announced its first major funding boost following investments from venture capital firmsAlven Capital in France and European venture and growth fund DN Capital, totalling $8 million. The new capital, as well as the expertise of the investors, will be key in helping happn expand internationally and become a significant player in the growing billion dollar mobile dating market.

The app, which recently reached one million users worldwide after only ten months of connecting singletons, works on proximity and enables users to view the profiles of other members that have been within 250 meters of them in real-time. Users can then signal their interest using hearts – or ‘charms’ for the very keen – and begin conversations if the interest is mutual.

Commenting on the milestone, Didier Rappaport, Founder and CEO of happn said:
We cross paths with so many people every day, but it can be difficult to seize the moment and make the most of opportunities to meet people offline. So we designed happn with the real world in mind to give our users a chance at love at second sight and keep the digital to a minimal. We’re absolutely delighted with the support we’ve received so far and are looking forward to expanding into new markets in 2015.

Jeremy Uzan, Partner at Alven Capital said:
happn’s proposition really shakes up the traditions of online dating, having already seduced more than a million users. We are delighted to be supporting this growth, made possible by its ambitious and dedicated team.

Nenad Marovac, Founder and Managing Partner at DN Capital added:
We are very excited about our latest investment in happn. The Company provides a unique value proposition to its users, offering them the opportunity to meet people whose path they have crossed in a friendly and playful manner. The initial traction shows that the users really like this. The Company is innovating and differentiating itself in a very attractive space and we believe DN Capital and our network, including some of the co-investors we brought in such as Fabrice Grinda and Paul Gardi, can support the Company to expand to the US and can help provide the resources to build the next big player in the multi-billion dollar mobile dating market.”

happn is currently available in France, the UK, Germany, Spain, the US and Australia. It counts one million users in total including over 100,000 users in London alone – it’s largest city member base.

About happn:
Launched in Paris early 2014, happn is the first 100% mobile dating app that uses hyperlocation in real-time. happn is present in France, the UK, Germany, Spain, the US and Australia.

The app counts 1 million members today.

happn can be downloaded for free on the App Store and on the Play Store www.happn.fr

Happn, l’application française de rencontre 100% mobile, lève 8 millions de dollars avec Alven Capital et DN Capital et accélère son développement international

Forte d’un million de membres après quelques mois d’existence, happn, l’application de rencontre hyperlocalisée et en temps réel, a conclu une levée de fonds de 8 M$. Ce tour de financement est mené par le fonds français Alven Capital et par le fonds anglo-saxon DN Capital. Des business angels de renom, dont Fabrice Grinda, participent également à ce tour d’investissement.

Expansion internationale

Ce financement de Série A va servir à poursuivre le développement international de l’entreprise. L’application, lancée en France à l’origine, est déjà présente en Angleterre, en Allemagne, en Espagne, aux Etats-Unis, et se lance actuellement en Australie.

Développement des équipes

Cette levée de fonds permettra également de renforcer les équipes pour cette start-up qui compte aujourd’hui plus de 25 personnes.

Didier Rappaport – Co-Fondateur et CEO de happn

« Cette levée de fonds est une excellente nouvelle pour le développement de happn et sa croissance sur la scène internationale. Cela nous permet d’aller rapidement à la rencontre de nouveaux publics et de répondre à un engouement incontestable pour le service que nous proposons, inspiré d’une idée simple : offrir aux gens la possibilité de retrouver les personnes qu’ils ont croisées. »

Jeremy Uzan – Partner chez Alven Capital

« La promesse de happn bouscule les traditions de la rencontre en ligne et a déjà séduit plus d’un million d’utilisateurs. Nous sommes ravis d’accompagner cette croissance, qui doit sa rapidité à une équipe ambitieuse, entièrement dédiée à son service. »

Nenad Marovac – Fondateur et Managing Partner chez DN Capital

« Nous sommes très heureux d’apporter à happn les moyens de poursuivre leur expansion à l’échelle mondiale. Leur vision apporte une réelle innovation, et nous sommes confiants que happn va devenir un acteur incontournable sur le marché de la rencontre. »

A propos de happn

Lancée à Paris debut 2014, happn est la première application de rencontre 100% mobile, géolocalisée et en temps réel. Happn est présente en France, en Angleterre, en Allemagne, en Espagne, aux Etats-Unis et en Australie.

Elle compte aujourd’hui 1 million de membres.

happn est téléchargeable gratuitement sur l’App Store et le Play Store



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