The Innovation Central Society – Hubspace has been granted $254,000 from InnovateBC (IBC) and Western Economic Diversification (WD) to help mainstreet businesses enter or expand into the digital economy. The program is called Digital Economy: Rapid Response + Resiliency (DER3) and will connect small and medium businesses with advisors, experts, service providers and other resources to help them adapt to a pandemic stricken world.
DER3 is a no-cost, no-obligation program that will connect main street businesses, non-profits, and entrepreneurs to the expertise and resources they need to make and execute a personalized plan to adapt to the unprecedented challenges our economy faces.
“COVID19 has sped up digital adoption by upwards of five years, and we’re here to help northern businesses catch up,” said Chris King, ICS – Hubspace’s Program Manager. “The opportunity we have here is astronomical, not only can we bounce back from this, we can create whole new industries and jobs for the north”
On July 28 Melanie Joly, Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages, announced that Innovate BC would receive $2,950,000 in federal support, through WD, to help the BC Accelerator Network (BCAN) address the impacts of COVID19. As the north’s only BCAN Partner we are very excited to be included in this new program.
If you’re a business that needs help, a service provider that gets things done, or an expert who just wants to help where they can please sign up today at www.hubspace.ca/der. This program will run from now until March 31, 2021 and is open to all small and medium-sized businesses in the north.
Innovation Central Society – Hubspace is B.C.’s most northern accelerator and serves an area of 650,000 square kilometres, from 100 Mile House to Lower Post, Valemount to Prince Rupert. Its mission is to help northern innovators along their journey to find new opportunities and grow our economy.