While there are over 272M migrants worldwide, there is a lack of platforms to connect diasporans with people from the same cultural backgrounds. By combining experience, technology and build easy-to-use software, the Zurich-based startup dua AG fills this gap by offering a Diaspora Intelligent platform to facilitate networking, matchmaking, and communication among community members worldwide as well as enable them to conduct transactions. The app is available in three languages.
Since the go-live of the App, Dua has seen an upward growth with more than 348’322 app downloads and 151’042 active users. More than 305 million events have occurred, 122’509 messages are sent daily (as of January 2021) and more than one million matches have been made. Overall the company boasts of its 11.5 percent month on month growth in users and over 23 percent growth in user activity.
To further accelerate growth and further empower communities through its a state-of-the-art community platform, dua AG has banked a total of € 1’150’000 in its seed round last year. With the majority of participants being Angel investors, the company saw the participation of both national and international investors. The funds will glow into further product development to ensure product-market-fit and in marketing activities to grow the number of users. As part of its future plans, dua AG plans to launch a premium subscription and the Series A financing round this year.
Experienced team with a serial entrepreneur on board
dua AG was founded by Valon Asani and Larklind Cerkezi both with more than 15 years of experience in the field of IT, software and digital marketing. Cerkezi is also a serial entrepreneur who founded among others ipaster, an online platform that allows anyone to book professional cleaning staff. After ipaster was acquired, Cerkezi remained engaged in the startup scene and he has co-founded two further startups - digicube AG and dua AG. Currently, he lives in Switzerland while his Co-Founder Asani travels back and forth. Together they also have a subsidiary in Prishtina, Kosovo where the software development team is located. Behind dua AG is a team of 26 members with a broad range of experience from IT and software and product leadership to marketing and business development.