UK dating app JigTalk has formally closed its seed funding round of $1 million led by Apadmi Ventures. The investment round also included significant backing from London, New York and Manchester-based angel investors.
Based in Manchester, JigTalk’s dating app encourages users to focus less on appearance and more on personality. It consists of 16 jigsaw pieces, initially covering each user’s face, popping away one by one as more and more messages are exchanged.
The startup has also announced the appointment of Christopher Edmonds, ex-global MD of technology for JP Morgan and Morgan Stanley, as chairman and investor. Edmonds has worked with high-scale tech companies throughout his career and will join Apadmi Ventures on the board.
Alex Durrant, co-founder of JigTalk, said:
“We’re all extremely hyped about what lies ahead for JigTalk. Chris’ input is priceless and this appointment reflects our growth ambitions.”
Over the course of the last two years, JigTalk has BETA tested the free app in the North of England and built a team ready to launch its application across the UK. It will use the capital raised to launch in London then expand around the UK and internationally in 2019.