The Ivy League of Dating: Smart & Sexy? There’s an App for That!

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IvyDate, an exclusive dating community by Harvard MBAs.

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IvyDate is the gathering place for exceptional singles who are as interesting as they are smart. We are already home to more than 14,000 of the world’s most accomplished men and women – doctors, lawyers, artists, entrepreneurs, engineers, academics.

For career-oriented singles, it’s harder than ever to connect with like-minded men and women. Fast paced lifestyles leave little time to find the needle in the haystack – especially when it involves the bar scene and mass-market dating sites.

Lo and behold, two Harvard alums are here to help. Following careers at Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs, Beri Meric and Philipp Triebel spent most of their time at Harvard Business School researching the optimal way for great people to meet each other. Their solution was simple: a dating community that’s as selective as the Ivy League, without being limited to the Ivy League.

In the words of co-founder Meric, “IvyDate is the gathering place for exceptional singles who are as interesting as they are smart. Ahead of our public launch next month, we are already home to more than 14,000 of the world’s most accomplished men and women – doctors, lawyers, artists, entrepreneurs, engineers, academics.”

How does IvyDate maintain its focus on quality? For one, there is a dedicated Admissions Committee that evaluates each member based on a compelling set of interests, achievements, and values. Approved members receive hand-selected matches directly to their inbox every week. There is no vast, superficial database of profiles to browse. IvyDate members can only view and message their own set of tailored matches, leading to more meaningful communication, and quicker transitions to actual dates with pre-selected singles. It’s free for qualifying members to join, receive matches, and respond to messages.

To cement its commitment to quality, IvyDate also connects interested members with 24/7 concierge services, exclusive events at top venues, and on-call relationship experts. IvyDate’s last three events attracted more than a thousand of the most eligible singles in New York City, maxing out the capacity at swank venues like Trump Soho and Hudson Hotel.

Online Dating With a Soul

At the core of IvyDate lies a radical entrepreneurial goal: bringing a deep, soulful edge into an industry that is often deemed mundane and superficial. As if to prove its point, IvyDate recently became the first dating service to launch its own think tank dedicated to love, managed by scholars from Stanford, Harvard, Oxford, and Brown. Called CheckMate, it combines intellectual rigor with wit, offering an original look at love and relationships through art, science and philosophy.

As Meric states, “Our members want to find love, but they also want to find out what love is all about. What we do is connect them with great dates, outstanding experiences, and fantastic content.”

Headquartered in NYC, IvyDate has attracted more than 14,000 outstanding singles in its Beta phase. IvyDate will be live to the public in NYC beginning next month, and will continue in beta for hub cities across the world. For more information, please contact support(at)ivydate(dot)com.

IvyDate Facts

  • Founded by Harvard Business School MBAs, and backed by a renowned group of investors including the former CEO of Match.com EU, and a former Blackstone and Tiger Global investor
  • Membership of accomplished individuals, majority of whom have senior corporate or creative roles and multiple academic degrees
  • 14,000+ registered users (from Beta)
  • 55% women, 45% men
  • 1,100+ guests at first three IvyDate events
  • 7 strong full-time team (2x Founders, 2x Developers, 1x VP Content, 2x Community Managers)
  • $750,000 in angel financing

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Founder Profiles

About Beri Meric
Beri Meric is a founder of IvyDate and a principal of ExistVenture, a venture development firm specializing in the creation of niche networking platforms. Previously, he worked at Morgan Stanley in London as an investment banker focused on mergers and acquisitions and firmwide strategy. Beri has an MBA from the Harvard Business School, and received his AB in Economics and International Relations from Brown University. Originally from Turkey, Beri grew up in the United Kingdom and currently resides in New York City.

About Philipp Triebel
Philipp Triebel is a founder of IvyDate and a principal of ExistVenture, a venture development firm specializing in the creation of niche networking platforms. Previously, Philipp worked in a principal investing group at Goldman Sachs and Apax Partners in London where he specialized in private equity, venture capital and clean technology. Philipp has an MBA from the Harvard Business School, and received his Bachelor in Economics from the London School of Economics and his Masters in Economics from Cambridge. Originally from Germany, Philipp grew up in the United Kingdom and currently resides in New York City.

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