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Toronto, Ontario, Canada, 2009/01/10 - OmniDate announced that it has been selected as a Finalist of the Red Herring 100 Global Award, which recognizes most promising startups that will lead the next wave of disruption and innovation.
OmniDate has developed a plug & play application that transforms any dating site into a virtual dating experience. “Our goal is to help singles find real-life relationships through virtual dating technology,” said Igor Kotlyar, Ph.D., president and founder of OmniDate, "and we are thrilled to be acknowledged by Red Herring as a world-class innovative company."
The use of virtual dating is a growing trend in the online dating space, according to reports by NBC, E! and the venerable Scientific American. Research findings also suggest that daters respond favorably to virtual dating; for example, a recent Harvard University study has found that virtual dating leads to more successful relationships.
"We are seeing many amazing advancements in virtual technology," says Dr. Kotlyar. "In the near future, we expect virtual dating to be commonplace. Consumers will demand it and most dating sites will have it."
"Virtual dating allows singles to have their first dates online, instead of at Starbucks," says Mark Brooks, a highly respected dating industry consultant and editor of Online Personals Watch, "Virtual dating environments are the way of the future and OmniDate is leading the way in the dating space."
In determining its list of finalists, the Red Herring editorial team applied a rigorous selection process to whittle down a pool of hundreds of eligible, promising companies. Evaluations were made on both quantitative and qualitative criteria, such as financial performance, innovation, management, global strategy, and ecosystem integration. The finalists, elite executives and venture capital leaders will celebrate the Top 100 Privately Held Companies from around the world in San Diego from January 14-16, 2009.
OmniDate’s plug and play technology (omnidate.com) transforms any traditional dating site into a 3D Virtual Dating experience. OmniDate’s virtual dating application helps singles get to know each other in a fun and safe online environment before meeting in person. Singles interact through life-like 3D avatars, listen to music, play conversation provoking games, etc. OmniDate's technology is operating on dating sites in the US, the UK, and Canada.
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