A game-changing free service is now available for Cowichan businesses to participate or expand their presence in the digital economy.
In partnership with Island Coastal Economic Trust, the Innovation Island Technology Association has launched the Digital Economy Response Program (DER3) that will start to tackle the economic impact of the COVID-19 crisis.
This complementary rapid recovery initiative will provide one-to-one business and technical expertise and actionable resources to companies that need to consider changes to their business models and/or best-practices on how to better engage with entering or expanding in the digital economy. The program is open to individuals or businesses living or working on Vancouver Island, north of the Malahat, on the Sunshine Coast, or the Gulf Islands.
Who is the DER3 program looking for:
- Small-medium sized business that are considering entering or expanding in the digital economy
- Digital service providers who help people and business enter or expand into the digital economy
- Expert in your Field; Mentor, Business Advisor, Consultant, Investor, Technician, Scientist, Engineer, Artist, Photographer
The program will not only support local businesses but will also create new opportunities for existing tech and digital solutions providers, strengthening and growing the region’s tech economy.
As the region’s technology accelerator, with support from Innovate BC, Innovation Island was approached to assist with the mounting challenges facing small-medium sized businesses to restart the local economy. With decades of experience in the tech sector and a deep understanding of digital ecosystems, this is their call to action!
For more information on the Digital Economy Rapid Response Recovery Program (DER3) visit www.innovationisland.ca/der3
About the Island Coastal Economic Trust (ICET)
Created and capitalized by the Province of BC in 2006, the Island Coastal Economic Trust’s (ICET) mission is to create a more diverse and globally competitive North Island-Sunshine Coast and Central-South Island economy. In partnership with local and regional government, non-profits and indigenous groups, ICET serves nearly half a million residents with a range of economic diversification funding programs and support services.
About Innovation Island Technology Association (IITA)
For the past 20 years, Innovation Island has been instrumental in fostering and encouraging growth in the regional technology sector; serving greater Vancouver Island, the Gulf Islands and the Sunshine Coast. As a non-profit service provider we are partners in the BC Acceleration Network, proudly delivering Innovative BC’s Venture Acceleration Program and other services.