‘We’re Putting The Fun Back Into Your Love Life’

Fed up of never find­ing a date? Meet Chrissy Rigby and Danni Men­zies – founders of Pitchit, where a date is al­ways in the bag…

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‘We were chat­ting with friends about how frus­trat­ing dat­ing apps are these days. It got to the point where we were delet­ing them off our phones in the day then re-down­load­ing them later when we were bored. We wanted to cre­ate some­thing that takes the an­noy­ing part out of Tin­der – the part where you’re chat­ting to some­one but it never leads to an ac­tual date. We’d been think­ing about Pitchit for a while, but only re­ally started work­ing on it when, co­in­ci­den­tally and hi­lar­i­ously, Chrissy broke her leg catch­ing the bou­quet at a wed­ding. She ended up be­ing un­able to walk for 14 weeks. We spent that time plan­ning and map­ping out our app.

‘The idea is to come up with a date. It can be any­thing – your dream evening, a fun ac­tiv­ity or just din­ner. Next you pitch the date on the app and wait for peo­ple to ac­cept. You have to nar­row them down to three peo­ple and then you have 24 hours to chat and choose who you want to take. We’ve seen all kinds of ideas, from a walk around Rich­mond Park

with wine to axe-throw­ing (just imag­ine it’s your ex!). We’ve got quite a few dates we’re go­ing to be giv­ing away too, like pad­dle­board yoga and elec­tro­cu­tion lessons (that’s where you’re strapped into a wet­suit and given elec­tric shocks while you’re work­ing out).

‘We’ve both had our share of hor­rific dates, which is one of the rea­sons we made the app. Chrissy once ar­rived to find the guy drunk and slur­ring his words. She left but later found out he’d wo­ken up at a bus stop the next morn­ing. Then there’s the clas­sic “I’ve for­got­ten my wal­let” line. In fact there’s a fea­ture on the app where you can split the bill be­fore­hand (like Uber) so it takes the pres­sure off.

‘The great thing about Pitchit is that even if you’re hav­ing a rub­bish time, you’re still do­ing some­thing you en­joy. Who would we like to see on the app? Danni’s look­ing out for Daniel Rad­cliffe whereas Chrissy is ex­pect­ing Brad Pitt – she reck­ons he’ll pitch some­thing with his kids. No mat­ter what the date, some­one will be up for it.’

Pitchit is avail­able to down­load now, IOS only

Danni (left) and Chrissy found dat­ing ‘frus­trat­ing’

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