Happn, the successful app by Antony Cohen (EPITA class of 2012)

Many EPITA students and alumni launch their own businesses. EPITA presents the career path of Antony Cohen (EPITA class of 2012), founder of the successful application.

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Antony Cohen and his brother Fabien wanted to create an application that brings a real plus to daily life: that of finding a person you meet by chance, in the street or in a public area, and to make contact with them. Happn was created in January 2014, in Paris, and now boasts more than six million users worldwide. It all really started with an encounter. Two (other) Cohen brothers, through their past business ventures, had experience in the field of location-based mobile applications, the core concept behind Happn. When looking for funding to develop their idea, they met Didier Rappaport, co-founder of Dailymotion, in May 2013. They presented to him the ancestor of the application which is today present in around fifteen countries. The meeting was a success and the three men decided to join forces.

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Six million users worldwide

Together, they went back to basics and observed that “everyone has already wanted to find someone that they had met”and Happn was officially launched in February 2014. Today, it’s a success story: the application is all the rage in France, in Brazil and in the UK. It is positioned as a competitor of the global leader, Tinder, but offers a different concept: whether the Happn app is open or closed, it continues to save people that users meet, in real time, enabling them to find men and women that they cannot forget. Based on a freemium model, namely that the app is free of charge but that one of its functions, which is not required for it to work, is charged, the company now has between 45 and 50 employees. Just eighteen months after its creation.