Kickoff Receives $1.6 Million Investment

October 27th, 2015

New York, NY – Kickoff, Latin America’s leading dating app, which connects friends of friends looking for a meaningful relationship, has received a $1.6 million investment from Monashees Capital, Brazil’s leading venture capital fund, and angel investors. Kickoff emphasizes quality connections over quantity by making introductions to people in each user’s social network. Kickoff is available on iOS and Android.

Kickoff was launched in São Paulo in December 2014 and has grown via word of mouth across Brazil and Argentina. “Our international team has built Kickoff into the leading dating app in Latin America, where Kickoff’s focus on making introductions to people in your social network is a great fit and differentiator. Friend and family connections are particularly important here. The Monashees investment provides us the resources to grow our team, expand to new cities and develop new features our users are asking for,” says co-founder and COO Alanna Phelan.

“We are excited to partner with Monashess to continue to grow Kickoff,” says Clayton Spencer, CEO of Kickoff. “Monashees’ unmatched experience and resources in Brazil and Latin America are particularly helpful to us. While living in Brazil, I experienced first-hand the value of friend and family connections here. I am excited to have a partner who shares our vision to create quality connections.”

Carlo Dapuzzo, partner at Monashees, said, “We are impressed by Kickoff’s mission to focus on quality relationships, their dedicated team and their rapid growth in Latin America, a region where other dating apps have failed to gain the traction Kickoff has achieved.” Mr. Dapuzzo will be joining the Kickoff board.

About Kickoff

Kickoff is a free dating app for iOS and Android that connects friends of friends looking for a meaningful relationship. The app is live in the Brazil’s eight largest metro regions, including São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Belo Horizonte, Porto Alegre, Florianópolis, Curitiba, Brasília and Goiânia, and in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Clayton Spencer, Jonathan Kieliszak and Alanna Phelan are the founders. Spencer formed the idea for Kickoff while living and working in Brazil. Team members Ricardo Aponte, Guilherme Mogames, Ricardo Glaz and Pedro Guerra are based in São Paulo and New York.

About Monashees

Founded in 2005, Monashees is a venture capital firm that helps great entrepreneurs build great companies. It has invested in category-defining leaders in Brazil, such as 99Taxis, Bidu, ContaAzul, Eduk, Elo7, Enjoei, MindLab, Oppa, Peixe Urbano, RunRun, and VivaReal.