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BlackBerry Partners Fund Developer Challenge Winners Announced

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The BlackBerry Partners Fund has announced the winners in this year’s BlackBerry Partners Fund Developer Challenge and they are:

North American Winner: Poynt
Latin America Winner: Vlingo Plus – Voice App
Europe / Middle East / Africa Winner: UbiNav EU
Asia Pacific Winner: Love Indonesia

Around 400 apps were evaluated for the challenge and the above apps were selected based on quality, user experience and how effectively they incorporated “Super App” characteristics. Winners each receive a Regional Winner prize package valued at more than $85,000, including an Elite membership in the BlackBerry Alliance Program, an App Promo package, BlackBerrys, prominent placement on BlackBerry App World for three weeks, and more. Hit the jump for the full press release.
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The BlackBerry Partners Fund Announces Regional Finalists

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The BlackBerry Partners Fund has announced the 12 Regional Finalists in this year’s BlackBerry Partners Fund Developer Challenge, where participants have been competing for a total prize package valued at over US$1.5 million. Here is how the finalists broke down in terms of region.

North American Finalists:

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    Poynt
    Vayyoo

Latin America Finalists:

    Navita Sports
    Vlingo Plus – Voice App
    Waze (LATAM)

Europe / Middle East / Africa Finalists

    CamCard(Business Card Reader)
    n-tv mobil
    UbiNav EU

Asia Pacific Finalists:

    Forum for BlackBerry
    Love Indonesia
    Ramadhan Pocket Guide

Click after the jump for the full press release.
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The BlackBerry Partners Fund Announces 28 Regional Semi-Finalists

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The BlackBerry Partners Fund has announced the 28 Regional Semi-Finalists in the second round of judging in the third annual BlackBerry Partners Fund “Super Apps” Developer Challenge. Details of the competition include:

  • Regional Semi-Finalists were the top apps in their respective categories across four global regions
  • Regional Semi-Finalists were selected from nearly 400 apps that were identified as Regional Selections
  • Regional Semi-Finalists each receive a prize package valued at approx. $16,000
  • Participants in this year’s challenge are competing for a total prize package valued at over US$1.5 million

Hit the jump for the list of regional finalists.
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BlackBerry Partners Fund Merges to Focus on Mobile Investments WorldWide

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The BlackBerry Partners Fund has announced that its co-managers have merged to create a globally competitive investment manager focused exclusively on mobile investment opportunities (i.e. JLA Ventures, RBC Venture Partners and BlackBerry Partners Fund will all be managed under a merged entity). The merger provides a platform for the growth and global expansion of the BlackBerry Partners Fund brand.

This should be a great opportunity for companies around the world seeking investment. There are a lot of hot companies in mobile right now, and not all of them are in North America. Latin America, Indonesia, India and China are all booming right now with tech companies and it will be interesting to see the innovation that springs up.

More information available in the press release.

BlackBerry Partners Fund Announces Regional Selections in Super Apps Challenge

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The BlackBerry Partners Fund has announced around 400 apps that have made the cut in the first round of judging in the third annual BlackBerry Partners Fund Developer Challenge. The Regional Selections are competing for a total prize package valued over US$1.5 million, and are spread out across four global regions including North America, Latin America, Europe/Middle East/Africa and Asia Pacific.
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Google Acquires Canadian Smartphone Gaming Company SocialDeck

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SocialDeck is Google’s latest acquisition and it’s very relevant for the BlackBerry world. SocialDeck is a company located in Waterloo, close to a Google regional office but close to RIM’s headquarters. Back in early 2009, SocialDeck received $250k in funding from the BlackBerry Partners Fund, who are probably very happy about their investment.
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