According to research by the Information and Communications Technology Council the ‘app economy’ in Canada generates $775 million per year in revenue, and employs 51,700 Canadians. Montreal’s AppMakr has found success in this space with its Do-It-Yourself Mobile App building platform that assists to build native iOS, Android and HTML5 mobile applications.
AppMakr announced today that it’s acquired rival Appifier for an undisclosed amount. The companies will continue operating as a separate and competitive brand within the AppMakr umbrella. Appifier was started in 2011 by Mike Gozzo and Steve Panetta and received backing from BDC Capital and The Nat’ional Research Council of Canada. This acquisition by AppMakr brings its customer base to over a million small businesses and community groups in 100+ countries and 15 different languages.
”As Canadian entrepreneurs ourselves, we’re excited to integrate this proudly Canadian App Builder into our global network as the world’s largest publisher of DIY Mobile Apps,” said Jay Shapiro, co-founder and CEO of AppMakr.
“This particular acquisition is close to both my co-founder David Hoare and myself as we are both Canadian and want to ensure that we keep focused on growing this mobile platform for Canadian businesses offering it in both English and French,” said Jay Shapiro.