Dating app for CU students requires potential mates to pass quiz

"Qualify" created by CU student

BOULDER, Colo. -- When it comes to smartphone dating, apps like Tinder seem to be the most popular with young people. They’re quick, casual, and mostly superficial.

But Sean Chenoweth, a University of Colorado student, said many people in his age group want something a little deeper. The realization came after several bad Tinder dates.

“It was just that awkward twenty minutes where she probably wanted to leap out of the bathroom window. Why? Because we had nothing in common,” said Chenoweth.

The challenge, Chenoweth said, is that people his age still want something relatively easy and fun. So he came up with a new dating app, “Qualify.”

The app is sort of a dating game: The user creates a short quiz for other users to take -- a total of three questions that would give you some insight into a potential mate’s personality. If two users pass each other’s quiz, they can set up a date.

“You both have to qualify for each other,” Chenoweth told Denver7. “We’re trying to eliminate that bad date.”

Chenoweth’s own quiz included questions about his favorite book series, “The Lord of the Rings.” So at the very least, he and a date could talk about Gandalf. 

“Qualify” was developed with the help of CU’s catalyze business accelerator program. It’s available for download on the iTunes store. Currently, only CU students with a CU email address can sign up, but the creators hope to eventually expand it to other colleges. 

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