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Navigating the future of the dating venture capital industry with cutting-edge virtual experiences

The dating market is undergoing a dynamic change, fueled by the adoption of cutting-edge technologies and evolving social norms like Gen Z’s usage of Tinder. AI-driven matchmaking, virtual reality experiences, and data analytics shape the dating market, resulting in more personalized, efficient, and diverse connections. As the dating industry adapts to these advancements, new possibilities for innovation and industry disruption arise. Waveup reveals untapped opportunities in burgeoning and fast-growing sectors by harnessing market insights to enable our clients to develop and execute proven growth strategies. Our services are grounded in thorough industry analysis, offering all-encompassing assistance in planning and carrying out growth initiatives – from raising capital to identifying dating M&A opportunities and deep dating market research. No matter if you’re in search of industry knowledge or looking for personalized support, we are at your service to help you confidently navigate the ever-evolving industry and receive your dating financing.

The dating industry is poised for rapid expansion, with an expected growth rate of 7.4% and a projected market value of more than $16B.


By 2027, it is estimated that there will be 440 million people seeking love through online platforms.

Driven by the rise of online dating platforms, their effectiveness, and the AI revolution

Competitive online dating sites and platforms worldwide.


Of online dating platform users have had at least a six-month relationship.


Of people would use an AI dating app to find a potential long-term partner.


VC-baked startups in the dating space have secured $31M in funding in 2021

With major deals covering:

  • Audio-based
  • Video-based
  • Meme-based dating apps

Leading dating venture capital firms

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The challenges of dating startups

In the crowded online dating industry, startups face significant challenges when it comes to standing out and capturing investor interest.

Getting VC attention

With the dynamic fundraising environment, it’s key to understand how to convey a compelling business story attuned to the latest investment norms, single out the most fitting funding options, and craft a tailored dating startup pitch deck that can effectively attract attention of dating investment funds.

Picking the right growth tactic

Even though there is a myriad of proven go-to-market approaches and growth tactics to choose from, businesses regularly face challenges in determining the most appropriate strategy and answering the key questions – when should we start scaling, and what should be the pace?

Securing user retention

In the volatile online dating market, startups must forecast user retention, which is key for investors. To increase the chances of attracting venture capital funding for a dating startup, early-stage companies need to reflect the community or product-led growth strategies in their financial models, boosting their investment appeal.

How we can help

Fundraising advisory

From diligent business analysis to storytelling and financial forecasts, we’re helping founders crystallize and structure key business fundamentals and translate them into compelling investment opportunities.

Due diligence and portfolio support

Evaluating potential investments in the dating industry, conducting thorough due diligence, and supporting portfolio companies on their new fundraising rounds.

Established companies
Growth hacking

Discovering market opportunities in the online dating industry and developing execution strategies to build actionable and scalable blueprints for growth.


Unlocking your next stage of growth

Waveup is a leading global advisory empowering companies to fuel growth, attract investments, and secure strategic partnerships.

We turn data into business insights that drive results, helping companies excel in the competitive B2C and B2B spaces across 50+ verticals, discovering and catalizing opportunities for growth.

Our investment consulting services for dating startups

Market intelligence

Fundraising support

Pitch decks

Financial models

Investor research

Growth consulting

Go-to-market strategies

Marketing/sales materials

Design support

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