TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 5, 2012) -
Attention: Business and Technology Editors
MobileMonday Toronto, Canada's Leading Mobile Industry Networking Association is home to a vibrant Canadian mobile industry ecosystem and host to a myriad of established and emerging mobile tech startups. For the past six years, the not-for-profit Association has hosted monthly industry events on various topics like Canadian Telecom Innovation, Women in Wireless, Developer Programs (from RIM, Nokia and Windows Mobile), Telecom Industry Summits (with Wind Mobile, Mobilicity, Rogers) Analyst Panels (with Frost Sullivan, IDC Canada), Venture Capital Pitch Summits, Mobile Commerce Panels (with Admeris Mobile Inc.), Mobile Media Programs (with CBC and Transcontinental) and even hosted a Mobile Marketing Awards event with noted leaders like Addictive Mobility.
Since inception, the chapter has grown to accommodate between 250-400 professionals from all cross-sections of the mobile industry and tech startup scene. A key challenge of leading a grassroots-inspired community like MobileMonday Toronto is one of awareness. Alexander Bosika, MobileMonday Toronto Co-Founder, discovered that many tech startups faced real challenges connecting with other stakeholders in the startup ecosystem outside of regular industry events. Early MobileMonday Toronto efforts have helped with key promotion and introduction of startups via the chapter twitter feed @momotoronto. A MobileMonday Toronto LinkedIn Group was also created to bring industry stakeholders together. However, there has never been single, simple visual database to track tech startup communities. As a result, the Co-Founder decided to launch tech startup portals to reduce the information gap.
"The startup tech community is never at a standstill," stated Alexander Bosika. "Beyond the meetings, it's been very difficult to discover and connect with early-stage companies for collaboration or business development opportunities. Too often, I've seen Canadian tech startups miss at efforts to connect locally and build mutually beneficial opportunities in the same backyard," Alex added. At a very basic level, our startup communities need a starting point and I believe a very simple portal is a good start. What we need next is a groundswell of community support to crowd source tech startup information for the greater good."
For portal deployments, Alexander Bosika reached out to www.NickVanVlymen.com, a noted front-end developer and creative web designer with brand and web development contributions to MobileMonday Toronto. Nick added, "I've known Alex since the early part of the last decade when I joined his team at a mobile startup. Known for his initiative, drive, and vision, this project was simple to latch onto because of the much needed awareness required for all tech startups - not just mobile companies."
In all, seven Canadian cities like Toronto, Waterloo, Ottawa, Montreal, Edmonton, Calgary and Vancouver now have their own tech startup portal with the following URLs:
Startup tech companies and tech industry connectors are greatly encouraged to share current startup community information through each portal to help Canadian talent gain much needed awareness.
About Alexander Bosika
Alexander S. Bosika is currently consults for select mobile and technology firms in need of strategic and execution-focused advice. He is currently engaged with Admeris Mobile, a leading mobile payments platform service provider with a secure, patent-pending OneTouch solution, which enables higher transactional volume through mobile handsets. In the past, he was Associate VP, Product Management for MyScreen Mobile Inc., a mobile ad platform solutions provider with operations in Toronto and Miami.
He has spent over 15+ years in telecom, wireless, Internet management roles developing and marketing innovative products and services.
He has successfully launched several gaming products for Bell Canada and with Bell partners Microsoft/Intel. In a previous wireless startup, he was responsible for marketing, channel and product development and successfully launched WIND Italy's first i-mode gaming tournament product. He successfully managed license partners and new product launches for CryptoLogic Inc. and was part of a progressive online advertising team, which championed and led early efforts to monetize Internet media properties at one of the leading financial portals, StockHouse.com.
Alex co-founded the Toronto chapter of MobileMonday in November 2005, a global, mobile industry-focused association with the goal of fostering the growth of the wireless industry through the sharing of ideas, best practices and trends. He holds an Honours Arts degree with specialization in Economics and Business at York University and studied at the London School of Economics.
Follow Alexander Bosika on twitter @abosika or visit his technology blog at www.alexanderbosika.com.
About MobileMonday Toronto
MobileMonday Toronto is Canada's leading mobile industry networking association. Co-founded by Alexander S. Bosika and Jim Brown, the non-profit chapter held its first monthly event in June 2006. MobileMonday is the world's largest 'open source network' for mobile professionals with over 100 chapters globally. Visit the global site www.mobilemonday.net for a complete listing of active chapters worldwide.
MobileMonday Toronto's co-founders operate with a broad mandate to actively encourage and support Canadian innovation, business development, industry collaboration, and growth of the mobile sector in Toronto and in regions across Canada. Through its meetings, the chapter actively promotes business networking in a casual, friendly and co-operative environment with like-minded mobile professionals.
Follow MobileMonday Toronto on twitter @momotoronto (hashtag #momoto).