Accessing $150-million fund for Mobile Software, Infrastructure: Teleforum on Thursday, November 5th at 11:00 a.m. EST. Pre Register Now, as space is limited
October 9, 2009

Accessing $150-million fund for Mobile Software, Infrastructure


A one hour Teleforum sponsored by CATAAlliance and the Networked Vehicle Association

will take place on Thursday, November 5th at 11:00 a.m. EST. Register now as space is limited.




In a time when money is in short supply, especially for technology-based firms, being able to tap into special funds is more important than ever. The $150-million Blackberry Partners Fund, co-managed by RBC Venture Partners and JLA Ventures, is focused on investing in mobile applications and services in the growing Smartphone ecosystem.


Join us for this informative one-hour Teleforum and find out from experts how to tap into this pool of capital. The BlackBerry Partners Fund will focus on evaluating companies in all regions of the world and investing in the long term success of those that demonstrate market leadership and unique differentiation. Whether it's access to corporate data or the latest craze in mobile entertainment, The Blackberry Partners Fund seeks companies that are forerunners in driving adoption and further enriching the mobile experience.


Who should attend?


Anyone involved in obtaining partnership capital, acquiring cash or increasing business growth within a technology firm focused on applications and services including mobile commerce (payments, advertising, retailing and banking), vertical and horizontal enterprise applications, communications, social networking, location-based applications and services (navigation and mapping), media and entertainment, and lifestyle and personal productivity applications. The Fund will consider all stages of development.


About the Blackberry Partners Fund


Agnostic to both stage and balance sheet, the BlackBerry Partners Fund will not restrict the development of mobile applications and services to any single mobile platform or any specific industry segment. The Fund is designed to advance the industry by fostering development and driving the entrepreneurial spirit to create the most innovative mobile offerings for customers. The Fund’s founders believe that the mobile world has evolved well beyond phone calls and simple messaging to require more empowering and liberating solutions that connect people to everything that matters most to them, wherever and whenever they want.


Who will be on the call?


Pierre Donaldson is Director, JLA Ventures. Pierre joined JLA Ventures in 2005 and brings an extensive experience in the software and high technology industries. Prior to joining JLA Ventures, Pierre played a leadership role in a number of companies in North America and in Europe: Bioscrypt Inc., Descartes Systems Group, Treasury Services Co. (acquired in 1997 by Oracle Corporation), Virtual Prototypes Inc., Dun & Bradstreet Software Corporation. Mr. Donaldson received his Bachelor of Commerce from Hautes Etudes Commerciales at University of Montreal. He is a director of Nstein Technologies, Espial, Tungle, Digby and Worldmate.


Andrew Arnott  is Vice President, Commercial Financial Services - Knowledge Based Industries (KBI) for RBC in Ottawa. In this capacity, Mr. Arnott is responsible for leading the specialized Commercial Financial Services team for Ottawa and Eastern Ontario information technology and life science markets. Mr. Arnott has spent 10 of his 20 years with RBC in the KBI field in Ottawa. Mr. Arnott has a unique interest in the technology market and is an active member of the community through various Board and community Associations including CATA. Mr. Arnott is working with his fellow Board members to ensure that the Ottawa region maintains its leading technology status


About Research In Motion

Research In Motion is a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of innovative wireless solutions for the worldwide mobile communications market. See:


About RBC

Royal Bank of Canada (RY on TSX and NYSE) and its subsidiaries operate under the master brand name of RBC. We are Canada’s largest bank as measured by assets and market capitalization and one of North America’s leading diversified financial services companies. We provide personal and commercial banking, wealth management services, insurance, corporate and investment banking, and transaction processing services on a global basis. We employ approximately 70,000 full- and part-time employees who serve more than 15 million personal, business, public sector and institutional clients through offices in Canada, the U.S. and 36 other countries. For more information, please visit


++ Action Item: How do I sign up?


In order to Pre Register please complete the online registration form at

Your local call in number and access code will be sent to you via email. Note that the Call-in Registration fee is $25 for CATA members and $45 (plus gst) for Non Members. Fees are reinvested in our research and business development programs. We will also advise you of new venture fund opportunities, soon to be released.

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