Unlike Google and Apple, RIM isn't limiting funding to its own mobile-device platform, however. It says the BlackBerry Partners Fund is designed to advance the industry as a whole, by fostering development and driving the entrepreneurial spirit.
In the words of RIM co-Ceo Jim Balsillie, the aim is "to help fuel innovation and activity in the mobile ecosystem.
This includes the advancement of 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.
This article was first published on SmartPhoneToday.com.