What is the Digital Economy:
Rapid Response + Resiliency (DER3) Program?
In response to the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, Accelerate Okanagan is partnering with Innovate BC to offer, the Digital Economy: Rapid Response + Resiliency (DER3) Program to support small-medium sized businesses. The program connects service providers and subject matter experts with businesses looking to enter or expand in the digital economy.
The program will provide:
Personalized advisory services to assess needs, recommend tools and solutions to help introduce technology appropriate for your needs, and provide guidance on implementation.
Resource materials, best practices, and tools needed to increase business capacity, expand into new markets or opportunities, and respond to physical restrictions associated with COVID-19 workplace requirements.
Connections to vetted digital service providers and subject matter experts that may address specific needs, beyond the items listed above.
What can I expect?
We work with you one step at a time to move you further along the path to digital transformation. After you complete your application form, we will do an initial assessment of what we think you might want to consider. We will connect you with expert advisors who will listen to the needs of your businesses, meet you where you’re at, and seek to understand where you want to go. The program will build meaningful relationships and lay the foundation of a successful hybrid (bricks & mortar, and online).
Who can participate?
This program is open to any kind of business with any level of technology integration that meets these requirements:
Be a small or medium-sized business (less than 500 employees)
Be located in one of these regions in British Columbia: Greater Victoria; Central Island, Northern Island, Sunshine Coast & Gulf Islands; Okanagan Valley; Kootenays; Central Interior B.C.; North Central B.C.
This program is offered in communities across the province. also welcomes applications from small and medium-sized digital service providers and subject matter experts located anywhere in British Columbia.