Meet a new friend. Have a free lunch

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Meet interesting people over a free lunch

We arrange platonic, face-to-face meetings between interesting people over a free lunch. An “interesting” person is someone you are likely to get along with personally, but who differs from you in some way. We are not a dating service but we hope you fall in love, platonically.

Face-to-face, not face-to-screen

In less than 5 minutes, you tell us who you are, when you’re free, and what you like to eat.


Every week, we'll send you an email suggesting a person to meet, along with a venue, time and a conversation starter. The more lunches you attend, the better your matches will get.

The possiblities are endless

When you meet interesting people, interesting things happen. We've arranged over 10,000 connections to date, and the outcome has been incredible. The vast majority of users rate their interactions a 4 out of 5 or better, people have made lasting friends, met mentors, and even started businesses with the people they met on Connect.

Social mission, not social media

An average person spends almost 2 hours a day on social media, but almost half of us eat lunch alone. Technology has been used to isolate and divide us, but it doesn’t have to. Connect intentionally has no ads, no chat, no swiping, no profile pictures. You won’t know if your match wears a hijab, the color of their skin, their level of education, or their age until you meet them in-person, one-on-one, face-to-face.