App Developer Boon: Vancouver’s Wavefront Gives Toronto’s MaRS Mobile Handset Library

Vancouver-based Wavefront is providing Toronto-based MaRS Commons with a mobile handset library consisting of the most popular handsets available. Now, wireless application developers in Toronto no longer need to buy the multitude of handsets required to test their applications, saving time and money. Wavefront’s first handset library was made available in Vancouver.

”Wavefront provided us access to their huge library of handsets and mobile expertise right when we needed it most,” said Jeff Stautz, Director of Mobile at Vancouver-based HootSuite, a Canadian startup that is now worth as much as $500 million. “We were able to build, test, and deploy across a variety of devices much more efficiently by using their resources. Wavefront has also been instrumental in connecting us with carriers and industry leaders, giving us high-profile meetings that have led to lucrative business opportunities,” said Stautz.

“Growing a strong Canadian wireless industry requires collaboration among organizations who support innovators and entrepreneurs which is why Wavefront is proud to be partnering with MaRS given the critical role they play in the Toronto area,” said Hélène Joncas, Wavefront’s Vice-President, Eastern Region. “Wavefront’s focus on initiatives that accelerate the growth of companies in the wireless sector complements theirs.”  

“With mobile technologies hitting the market at an unprecedented rate, entrepreneurs in the ICE sector need every possible advantage in order to stay competitive,” says Krista Jones, Practice Lead in MaRS Information Technology, Communications and Entertainment (ICE) practice. “While the startups in the MaRS Commons already have access to a great combination of mentorship and education, the Wavefront partnership will give them that extra edge required to build successful global businesses.”