In a market where 93% of dating app matches lead nowhere beyond the online sphere, we see a space for a restructuring of the dating app experience. Traditional dating apps such as Tinder and Bumble leave daters with an abyss of endless texting and few dates. Our team decided to change things up.

Here’s how Wandure works.

Once users find a match, the app plans and books a surprise date based on their shared interests, budget, and availability. Upon matching, users provide their payment details so that the app can take care of booking the activity. This way users don’t need to worry about transitioning from chatting to securing a date and they avoid the awkward “who pays” on the first date - the Wandure app takes care of it all.

Twenty-four hours before the planned date, the in-app chat is unlocked (so that users can chat) and the date spot is revealed. With Wandure, there’s no endless swiping, no tedious texting, or conversations that remain in the virtual world – just dates.

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In a market where 93% of dating app matches lead nowhere beyond the online sphere, we see a space for a restructuring of the dating app experience. Traditional dating apps such as Tinder and Bumble leave daters with an abyss of endless texting and few dates. Our team decided to change things up.

Here’s how Wandure works.

Once users find a match, the app plans and books a surprise date based on their shared interests, budget, and availability. Upon matching, users provide their payment details so that the app can take care of booking the activity. This way users don’t need to worry about transitioning from chatting to securing a date and they avoid the awkward “who pays” on the first date - the Wandure app takes care of it all.

Twenty-four hours before the planned date, the in-app chat is unlocked (so that users can chat) and the date spot is revealed. With Wandure, there’s no endless swiping, no tedious texting, or conversations that remain in the virtual world – just dates.

Wandure was built as a solution to the frustration and overwhelm experienced by the founders when using traditional dating apps - our hearts hurt from ghosting. Wandure recognizes that you can chat with someone all you want, but you don’t really know someone until you meet them. Replacing conversations that don’t go anywhere with dates, and removing the awkward decisions of where to go on a first date and who pays for that date, Wandure engages users in authentic and meaningful dating.

Wandure launched in Montreal and Ottawa, Canada on both the App Store and Google Play in December 2019. Since then we’ve accumulated 1100 matches and over 200 dates.
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Advisors

Zainab Muse
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Employees

Ismail Benmbarek
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Ismail Benmbarek CEO Chemical engineer and exercise science enthusiast. I enjoy bringing good-looking, well-crafted products to market
Ramon Tabilin
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Ramon Tabilin Developer Software dev changing the world one line at a time, tech enthusiast looking forward to the tech of tomorrow

Recommendations

Catherine Geci

As a company that participated in the University of Ottawa's Startup Garage program in 2018, Wandure distinguished itself through an unparalleled enthusiasm for its vision and the strength of its highly-skilled team. Always open to learning, Wandure demonstrated its commitment to growing a profitable venture back then, and continues to pursue this goal with verve. I greatly respect this team, and wish for Wandure to achieve new and bright heights.

Art Brion

Wandure has a good team and they have a good, exciting product. They know what they're doing and they're definitely a company to watch out for!

Hojjat Salemi

I know the founding team of Wandure for almost two years. I have met them in several occasions and very impressed by their detail understanding of markets and technology. They are very good at finding a market need and ways to serve that segment. They are educated, intelligent, dedicated and have amazing energy. I am very confident that they will make Wandure a very successful company.

Agil Agil CEO at Compliance AI

I have known the Wandure team through MakerLaunch – a startup growth program at the University of Ottawa. The Wandure team were selected to be part of MakerLaunch’s inaugural cohort. My observation and experience with this talented team is consistent with that of the other recommenders. The team is passionate about their project, rolled up their sleeves to get the job done, ready to listen and learn, and adjusted as needed. They embody the qualities of successful entrepreneurs, and have no doubt they will reach great heights in whatever they set their minds to. All the best team Wandure.

Midia Shikh Hassan Entrepreneurship program coordinator at University of Ottawa

Wandure was part of the MakerLaunch accelerator program at the university of Ottawa, that I currently manage. The team is a highly motivated and they are always looking to find new opportunities to grow and expand. I am personally impressed by their decision making process and data collection. They were able to refine their service offering to their customers after collecting sufficient data to help them make a data-driven decision.
The team also grew their user base by more than 54% during the program. They worked to find new avenues to promote the business and the services to their targeted customers.
As someone who worked with them closely for 9 months, I believe Wandure is ready to be challenged further in programs like Techstars. I look forward to seeing what they will accomplish in the future.

Mark Klibanov Cofounder at Rey.ai


The Wandure team has incredible drive and passion. Their desire to contribute something meaningful is apparent, and as they engage in this pivot from travel to dating I have every confidence that their commitment to growth and excitement about cultivating new approaches will serve them well. Their user-base spoke and they listened, by engaging in this pivot. This demonstrated willingness to listen to feedback and integrate it into their journey is a testament to their leadership. In my experience with the team, I came to see their personable and bright energy, and incredibly capable minds. As someone with experience in the world of start-ups, I can tell this team is a gem.

Zainab Muse Advisor at Wandure

I met the team behind Wandure about two years ago, when my company, Wingd was hired to offer growth strategy in their early days as a soon-to-launch travel app. Having followed their journey over time, now as an advisor, the founders, Ismail & Ali, have a steadfast vision for success that is admirable. Their mission to contribute something unique in the world has propelled them to increasing growth as founders and innovators.

With the app's new focus on dating, I believe that it offers a never before seen perspective in the dating world today, where real-life connections are emphasized rather than only virtual inter-relations. Even with big players in the same industry, Wandure is poised to succeed chiefly due to the mindset of the team behind the company and their unwavering mission to launch an app to success.

I'm happy to continue to play a role in offering growth, business and overall entrepreneurial guidance as they propel to new heights with the launch of their dating app.