Invitation to join the DER3 Program – For Local/Regional Digital Service Providers

My name is Jennifer and I am the GM of Innovation Island and Project Manager of the DER3 Program. I am reaching out to share some information about a local initiative called the Digital Economy Response Program (DER3)​. This program helps small-medium businesses enter or expand into the digital economy. We launched this program in partnership with the ICET, WD and Innovate BC to be able to support SMBs to #getdigital. I have included a brief description of the program and answers to some of the common questions we have been receiving below.


After launching in April, we now have almost 400 applicants in the program, and are actively working to assess the needs of all small-medium businesses (SMBs) who have reached out for help, as well as making recommendations to these companies of local Digital Service Providers (DSPs) like yourself, who offer the services and skills they require.


Our team is committed to providing as many “best fit” recommendations to the SMBs we are working with as possible, and we would love to be able to send you some prospective customers in the near future. Recent feedback from one of our Digital Marketing companies “I’m in the process of signing two new clients, with much gratitude to Innovation Island and the Digital Economy Restart Program. And I’ve gained another new client separate from the program, with at least one other in the wings. And I’ve hired a part-time assistant!”.


However, we can only recommend/refer DSPs who have registered for our program, so we encourage you to consider signing up as a DSP.  While we can’t and don’t promise future connections or work, this is a great sales funnel and potential opportunity to be introduced to SMBs in the region in need of the skills and services you offer.


Please keep in mind that there is no expectation or obligation to offer services for free or reduced rates through the program. We do have a few DSPs who have made the decision to create special offers for SMBs from DER3, but most will maintain their current pricing structure, and this decision is completely up to you based upon what is best for your business.


If you have any questions about the program, please feel free to reach out to the DER3 Team directly, or simply click here to access the DSP application and begin your registration. After you have completed your application, you will be invited to schedule an initial interview so that we can add you to our database of DSPs to whom we can make referrals.






About DER3


What is the Program (DER3)?

In partnership with ICET, WD and Innovate BC the Digital Economy Response Program (DER3) provides one-to-one business & 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.


Why are you emailing me?

We need tech companies, business owners, individuals, entrepreneurs or solo-prenuers who can help small-medium sized businesses either ENTER or EXPAND into the digital economy, a.k.a Digital Service Providers (DSP). We are also looking for Subject Matter Experts (SMEs), who have Been There, Done That and want to give back to the community.


Who is Innovation Island?

We are a non-profit government service provider that delivers programs & services for tech companies (tech, science & manufacturing). We are a BC Acceleration network partner reporting to Innovate BC and our flagship program is the Venture Acceleration Program. We service 15+ communities on Vancouver Island, including the Gulf Islands and Sunshine Coast.


As the regional voice for technology entrepreneurship, Innovation Island has helped our client base achieve some impressive numbers; since FY-2014, 190+ new tech-based jobs have been created, over $25 million of new revenue has been generated and this has attracted over $20 million of early-stage technology investments.  For the past 20 years, Innovation Island has been instrumental in fostering and encouraging growth in the regional technology sector.


So why sign up?

There are small-medium sized businesses in our region who need help and don’t know where to turn. We want to connect those businesses to you, building service options that go beyond what we are able to provide directly within the program. Essentially, we want to foster new relationships that will help all of us thrive, now and into the future, whatever that may look like.


Next Steps

Once you have signed up you will be connected with one of our fabulous Program Managers to discuss next steps.


Please send questions or comment to or 250 753 8324 and one of us will get back to you ASAP. Feel free to also share this email with your friends, coworkers etc.


Jennifer Hufnagel | General Manager


+1 (250) 667 2323

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About Innovation Island: For the past 20 years we’ve been honoured to foster and develop 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 the Venture Acceleration Program and other services.