Wavefront, Canada’s Centre of Excellence for Wireless Commercialization and Research, has announced a new partnership with Innovate Calgary that will directly support the growth and commercialization of wireless technology companies in Southern Alberta. As part of this partnership, Wavefront will offer valuable programs and services to Innovate Calgary member companies including:
- Access to sophisticated mobile application testing resources, including more than 1,000 devices in Wavefront’s national network of mobile device libraries, usability studies and Perfecto Public Cloud automated testing solutions.
- Targeted business partnering opportunities with international carriers and MNEs, as well as access to outbound market entry programs into global markets like Europe, the Middle East, Asia and South America.
- Advisory and mentorship programs including the Wavefront Machine-to-Machine (M2M) Accelerator program, with training, tools and resources from Deutsche Telekom, Rogers and Sierra Wireless.
In addition, Wavefront will offer Innovate Calgary’s professional services and consulting programs to its members, with funding support available through the Wavefront Accelerated Program with NRC-IRAP. Wavefront and Innovate Calgary will also partner on joint industry events and training programs covering the latest wireless technologies and business opportunities.
Peter Garrett, President of Innovate Calgary explains, “We are excited to work closely with Wavefront in bringing their valuable programs and services to the companies in our network. This partnership will provide unprecedented access to critical wireless resources and expertise for Alberta-based companies. We look forward to witnessing the growth opportunities that will be realized through our work together.”
Wavefront President and CEO, James Maynard adds, “Wavefront strives to continually expand our reach to grow the national wireless ecosystem and enable commercial outcomes for Canadian companies. Our relationship with Innovate Calgary will directly support our complementary mandates to grow the wireless and emerging technology sectors in this important region.”
Both Innovate Calgary and Wavefront are generating economic impacts for Canada. In 2012, Innovate Calgary clients generated over $296 million in sales creating over 100 new jobs and employing 750 individuals. A recent assessment of Wavefront’s economic impact reveals the creation of nearly 575 jobs across Canada, accelerated time to market by four to six months for wireless companies, and $37 million generated in GDP between 2009-2012.