UPDATED: Mobile App Companies in Ottawa

There is a lot of interest in the mobile app development cluster in Ottawa.  I have been maintaining an  inventory of companies in Ottawa who are/were developing mobile apps or mobile related software.  The current list of companies I found is below:

If anyone has others to add please drop me a note at brian@purpleforge.com, or add to the comment thread for this posting.  I will keep this list up-to-date.

Interested in mobile app companies in Toronto?  Check out this post – https://purplejunction.com/2012/08/31/mobile-app-companies-in-toronto/

Looking for a job at a great mobile app company?  Send your resume to careers@purpleforge.com.

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Smartphones reduce accessibility barriers by 45% (or more)

The economics of mobile smart phones and mobile service are reducing the financial barriers to access the Internet.    People who in the past might not otherwise be able to afford to access the Internet… will be able to.

Some quick numbers:

Mobilicity offers unlimited phone and data for $55/month, and an Android smartphone for $169 (or less).

Total: $829 for 1st year (ignoring taxes)

To get the cheapest Internet cable access package from Rogers costs $28/month. Install for cable is $50.  Phone service comparable to Mobilicity feature set is $60/month.  Install for phone service is $50. Bestbuy’s cheapest listed Netbook is $280 and cordless telephone is $70.

Total: $1,506 for 1st year (ignoring taxes)

The mobile smartphone option reduces the financial barrier to adoption/accessibility by approx 45% per year.

The Top Entrepreneur Organizations in Ottawa

If  you are an entrepreneur in the Ottawa region working on launching or growing your start-up, the following organizations have the most to offer:

  • The Ottawa Network – Networking events – connect with like-minded entrepreneurs and suppliers – membership fee (negligible) and per-event fees (negligible)
  • TiE – Educational and networking events focused on wealth creation – membership fee and per-event fees
  • Lead to Win – Education and support in growing your company (introductions, advice) – all free
  • CLD – Support in growing your company (grants, loans)
  • IRAP – Support in growing your company (grants, advice, introductions)
  • The Code Factory – Incubator space (inexpensive) and networking events/workshops (usually free)

Government Grants, Loans and Financing

Yesterday I attended the TiE event on “Leveraging Government Funding – Sources and Strategies”.  It was a good session.  For any aspiring entrepreneur in Ottawa, I highly recommend joining the TiE organization.

For those entrepreneurs looking for alternative sources of capital for their start-up, a very good site which provides comprehensive information to help you find available programs from Federal and Provincial governments is http://www.canadabusiness.ca/eng/search/sof/.

Mobile App Companies in the Ottawa Region

UPDATED: go here https://purplejunction.com/2012/08/25/updated-mobile-companies-in-ottawa/

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There has been a lot of interest in the mobile app development cluster in Ottawa.  I recently took an  inventory of companies in Ottawa who were developing mobile apps or mobile related software.  The current list of companies I found is below:

If anyone has others to add please drop me a note at brian@purpleforge.com, or add to the comment thread for this posting.  I will keep this list up-to-date.

Looking for a job at a great mobile app company?  Send your resume to careers@purpleforge.com.

Older versions of this post:

https://purplejunction.com/2010/07/17/mobile-app-companies-in-the-ottawa-region/

Go West! To Waterloo…

Waterloo companies are looking for tech workers –

WATERLOO REGION, ON, April 13 /CNW/ – Some of Canada’s hottest tech companies will head to the nation’s capital to look for talent when Communitech, the organization representing 700 tech companies in Waterloo Region, holds a ‘Get a Life in Waterloo Region’ recruitment effort there on April 21. Waterloo Region companies continue to hire at a rapid pace, and the recruitment event will profile some of the outstanding 2,000 current tech job openings available in the Region.

“Waterloo Region continues to be a hot-spot for tech and despite economic challenges in other sectors, there are still many opportunities for skilled tech talent,” said Iain Klugman, CEO of Communitech. “The range of opportunity covers most technology areas from software and hardware to wireless and digital media.”

Klugman said Ottawa is a prime recruiting site because of the established reputation of the Ottawa tech community and the concentration of talented scientists, engineers and computer science professionals. Like Ottawa, Waterloo Region offers the best of both worlds: the opportunity to work for world-class companies in a community that’s a great place to live and raise a family, he added.

Companies participating in the recruiting event include big names like Research In Motion and Christie Digital Systems Canada Inc., as well as exciting up-and-comers such as social media analytics company PostRank. It will also feature some leading medical imaging firms including Agfa HealthCare, which is breaking new ground for its new building and has announced plans to increase its Ontario workforce by 140 new employees.

“PostRank and Agfa HealthCare are representative of the companies in Waterloo Region — innovative, passionate and ahead of the curve, and looking for the best and brightest talent. Availability of knowledge workers continues to be a key factor in the growth and competitiveness of tech firms in Waterloo Region,” Klugman said.

Communitech and a sampling of the Region’s hottest technology companies will be at the Brookstreet Hotel, 525 Legget Drive, Ottawa on Wednesday, April 21 from 5-7:30 p.m. to meet with tech professionals one-on-one. The full roster of companies participating in ‘Get a Life in Waterloo Region’ includes: PostRank; Agfa HealthCare; Christie Digital Systems Canada, Inc.; Research In Motion; Covarity; Sandvine; DALSA; and Nuvation. Visit www.waterlootechjobs.com for further information or to register.