Safer Date

Newcastle-based entrepreneur raised £225,000 in investments with support from Newcastle Angel Hub.

Safer Date was founded by Newcastle-based entrepreneur, Elaine Parker following a harrowing online dating experience that spiralled out of control with a man that had a long history of domestic abuse.  The app was consequently borne out of a desire to prevent anyone falling victim to online predators, who take advantage of the anonymity given to them on dating apps. 

Safer Date was supported by Innovation SuperNetwork and successfully received £225,000 investment following a joint Newcastle Angel Hub and NorthInvest pitch event.   

It is the only online dating platform that carries out a full ID, global enhanced criminal background and insolvency checks on every member before they are allowed to join.  This not only eliminates fake profiles and anonymity but also prevents anyone with a history of serious criminal activity from joining the app, ultimately boosting safety for its users.  

Elaine Parker, founder and CEO said “Safer Date is something that I am so passionate about. My own personal experience opened my eyes to just how unsafe dating apps really are. Previously, I naively thought that they had to vet their users – I was wrong. Most dating apps are full of fake profiles and criminals, including sex offenders.”  

“I knew I would need investment to tackle this huge problem but really didn’t know where to start. The Innovation SuperNetwork helped me to navigate my first raise with crucial advice on creating a pitch deck and investor readiness training. To see success with investment from a female-focussed investment syndicate makes this all the more pertinent and important.” 

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