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Ottawa biz to launch student-only dating website at start of school year

A new school season is just around the corner and, naturally, so is the awkward tension between single post-secondary students.

The men behind Nosco Media Inc. -- Carleton University graduate Christopher Gimmer and Marc Chouinard -- are hoping to make it easier for things to click between students this year by launching a new dating website.

ClassmateCatch.com will cater exclusively to post-secondary students who are seeking a like-minded match at their school or another institution.

Students from the University of Ottawa, Carleton University, Algonquin College, and Queen’s University will be the first allowed to sign up to the free website. Members require a university or college email address to register.

The idea for this website came from the difficulty Gimmer had in finding a girlfriend when he was a student at Carleton, he said.

“I was in the commerce program and it was fairly more dominated by males and also when you do the same classes in your program, you’re always with the same students,” said Gimmer, 26.

“It was very hard to meet other students from other faculties and other departments.”

Gimmer said what makes Classmatecatch.com different from other dating sites is that profiles are viewable only to members and that non-students are cut off from the site.

The primary focus of the site is for dating, but he said people can also make new friends on it, too.

"You can search for students who go to Carleton and you can online chat with people right then and there and potentially meet up with someone right on campus that day," said Gimmer. "You would never get that on a general dating website."

Registration for the site opens Sept. 1. Gimmer hopes to eventually open up the site to other schools in Canada.

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