Mumbai-based online dating app Tuneup has recently been selected for Facebook’s developer-focused programme “FbStart” which caters to the early-stage, mobile-focused startups.
As part of the programme, the startup will be provided with services & credits worth $40,000. The services include mentorship from Facebook’s engineering teams and services from its partners like Amazon Web Services, Dropbox, Adobe, and MailChimp. Besides partners, it will give free access to more than 25 services including open source tools like React Native, FB Login and Account Kit and App Analytics.
Tuneup, is a dating app which helps connect people through music, created by Joelle Fernandes and Jude Pereira. As Jude explains, “The app shows you how similar your music library is with somebody near you, along with the artists that are in common. If you match with somebody, starting off a conversation based on similar music is the perfect ice-breaker!”
Earlier in 2015, Jude also built Discover – an app for instant music recommendations. The idea for Tuneup was drawn from there. “It started off as a weekend project, and it still is,” added Jude.
The founders currently claim to have a daily active user count of 300. The prime users of Tuneup are aged between 18 and 26, and are currently spread out across Mumbai and Pune. The app is currently available on the Google Play Store, and the iTunes App Store.
Facebook launched FbStart in 2014 with an aim to help early-stage mobile startups build and grow their apps. It provides an exclusive community, worldwide events, and mentorship from Facebook to the startups along with $80K in free tools and services.
FbStart includes three tracks, viz., Pre-launch (up to $15K benefits), Bootstrap (up to $30K benefits), and Accelerate (up to $80K benefits). The programme provides free access to more than 25 services including open source tools like React Native, FB Login and Account Kit and App Analytics.
India is the largest market for FbStart outside the US. According to the product partnerships team at Facebook, over 75% of top-grossing apps in India get integrated with Facebook.
Other startups accepted to FBStart programme this year include Video Vibe, FoodCloud, Healofy, AsepsisLife, Partiko, Flicksup, CoutLoot, XPrep, Fixu and more.