SWIPE, MATCH, EAT: A BETTER ONLINE DATING APP
If you’ve used a mobile app such as Tinder or Bumble to find a match, you may wish you didn’t have to set up the date yourself. Well, Abhimanyu Goel, a junior at Cornell University, is part of a student team that has developed an app called Weet — derived from “We eat” — that not only matches you with a prospective mate, but also sets up the first date at a local restaurant.
The app would alleviate anxiety and risk, while also delivering new customers to its dining partners.
“Imagine not having to take the first step, not having to take that first chance, getting the date set up for you,” Goyal told the Cornell Chronicle. “We do it all for you, and I think that’s our biggest differentiator.”
Weet recently won the $3,000 first prize in the fifth annual Cornell Hospitality Pitch Deck Competition. Presented by Goyal, Weet was also developed by Cornell’s Aris Argawala and Babson College’s Jacob Schlenner.
Targeting 25- to 35-year-old singles, Weet would allow users to approve three potential matches at a time. If the user and a match are available on a particular evening, the app would make reservations at one of its dining partners — and collect 30 percent of the restaurant ticket.
“In just a few hours,” Goyal said, “we’ve converted an online match into a real-world date.”
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