Dartmouth students interested in finding a perfect romantic match with an impeccable resume just got another option for online date networking — Harvard-alum brainchild IvyDate recently joined the ranks of university-based dating sites like CollegiateSpark.
The new online dating service offers individuals both inside and outside of prestigious academic institutions the chance to meet other singles of such caliber, according to Beri Meric, a founder and CEO of IvyDate.
IvyDate was founded in February by Meric and Philipp Treibel, both alumni of Harvard Business School, who hope to “reconnect like-minded individuals,” according to Treibel. Treibel estimated that since its launch, IvyDate has garnered several thousand members who represent a range of singles from across the globe. However, the high concentration of graduates remains in New York, Boston and Los Angeles, Karim said.
“We developed this online dating platform to connect men and women with talent and determination who might not want to sacrifice the time for careers on more cumbersome dating sites,” Meric said.
In addition to the eight Ivy League universities, five other comparable schools — Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Stanford University, Oxford University, Cambridge University and the London School of Economics — are part of the site’s membership base. These schools were chosen for their “renowned world recognition,” Meric said.
Although graduates of these schools exemplify the qualities of drive, love of learning and talent that IvyDate purports to promote, individuals who did not attend these schools but who also value those qualities are welcome to apply for membership, according to Meric.
With IvyDate’s matching algorithm, graduates of these universities receive a recommended mix of interested singles from both inside and outside the eligible schools’ graduation pool, while non-graduates of the universities are matched with only graduates of those schools.
“We’re giving Ivy League people a chance to be contacted by those who value the qualities that they have,” Treibel said. “The qualities that we promote are by no means exclusive to the thirteen schools, but the education and professional achievement of those singles provide viable indications that they have those qualities.”
Graduates of the universities may exemplify the ideal of “ivy caliber” but are by no means alone in their achievements, the founders said.
“We don’t want to exclude, and we are very much open to anybody who shows those qualities,” Alykhan Karim, director of business development, said.
Prospective members can sign up and receive matches for free, but must pay for a subscription if they want to contact matches, according to Meric. Subscriptions will range from $20 to $50 a month, but the prices may be lowered for current students.
“IvyDate is a very meaningful business that allows us to connect people, especially when finding love is not an easy thing when you’re busy with studies and careers,” Meric said. “This is a service that makes it easier for incredible people to connect with each other, and we hope to expand on that in the future.”