MetroConnect, World Trade Center San Diego's export assistance program, works with an annual cohort of local companies across a variety of sectors. Those businesses selected are equipped with a suite of financial and programmatic resources to support their plans to expand internationally.
Here are some of their stories:
Scroll over the full list of MetroConnect companies below to learn more:
Aurora Spine is a publicly traded medical device company specializing in minimally-invasive, regenerative surgical technologies. Through the development of innovative, customized implants, Aurora hopes to become the leader in advanced spinal technologies.
AVACEN Medical is the creator of the AVACEN 100. The AVACEN 100, the world’s first noninvasive, over the counter medical device allowing consumers and patients to increase whole-body circulation from a single convenient treatment location.
Calbiotech is a world leader in immunoassay development and manufacturing. With over 30 years of experience, the team conducts business with major reference labs, pharmaceutical companies, universities and research centers around the globe.
Deering Banjo Company is a family-run business and the world’s largest manufacturer of artisan banjos. Started in 1975 by Greg and Janet Deering, the company is well known for its expertly crafted GoodTime™ product line.
In 2010, ElliptiGO introduced the world’s first elliptical bicycle to minimize the risks associated with running. Since then, ElliptiGO has become the leader in high-performance elliptical bicycles for professional athletes, NCAA teams and recreational runners alike.
GroundMetrics Inc. is a world leader in electromagnetic sensing, providing oil and gas operators with an unprecedented look at the subsurface. The company’s customized analysis and reporting leads to increased production, improved efficiency and a reduction in wasteful spending.
Hyperikon sells energy-efficient home improvement solutions, such as LED lighting, in the e-commerce space. The company has grown to become one of the leading U.S.-based LED providers serving the commercial, industrial and residential sectors.
INOVA Drone develops professional grade, small unmanned aerial system solutions for mission critical applications, with an emphasis on public safety, defense and critical infrastructure inspection.
MANTA helps its customers develop the best nano-enabled products faster and more profitably, by providing state-of-the-art scientific instruments characterization. MANTA’s ViewSizer 3000 measures nanoparticle concentration, size distribution and kinetic processes with a single test.
Ocean Aero is the creator of the “Submaran,” an unmanned surface/sub-surface hybrid vessel. Powered by wind and solar energy and capable of months at sea, this robotic marine vessel hosts an array of ocean observational and data recording sensors, making it ideal for a multitude of applications.
Ocean Reef invents, designs and produces equipment for diving. Separately, the company’s Nemo’s Garden project is an initiative to create an alternative system of agriculture dedicated to areas where plant growth is difficult.
Rough Draft Brewing Company is a family-owned microbrewery devoted to creating high quality craft beers that are well balanced and approachable. Rough Draft beers are available in grocery and liquor stores, restaurants and bars and in the company’s local tasting room.
Solatube Worldwide Sales is an independent LLC and global distributor of Solatube International. Solatube tubular daylighting devices are high-performance, green building components that bring daylight into interior spaces where traditional skylights and windows can’t reach.
VaultRMS is the creator of Vault Exposure Tracker, a software platform focused on firefighter exposure data. By tracking exposures, the company helps emergency responders get the benefits they need, while building up a data set that will contribute to the advancement of relevant cancer research.
Whova offers an all-in-one event management solutions for event organizers. By integrating utilities such as online registration, name card printing, onsite check-in and a mobile event app, Whova is revolutionizing event organization and engagement for all parties involved.
AirStrip produces Sense4Baby, a wireless heart rate monitor system for babies and their mothers. The platform was featured in the Apple Watch product launch and enables doctors to remotely monitor patients.
Applied Membranes is a manufacturer and distributor of water filtration systems and components that revolve around reverse osmosis technology.
Aventyn is a digital health company specializing in cloud connected clinical information. Its technology provides solutions through medical imaging, analytics and genome reporting for health providers and the pharmaceutical industry.
Bounce Composites creates high-quality and durable composite goods for the automotive, wind energy, aerospace and sporting goods industries. Its signature Stand Up paddleboards (Bounce SUP) allow for serious performance and usage while maintaining minimal environmental footprint.
Cypher Genomics works to provide automated genome interpretation at scale for clinical labs, pharmaceutical companies and population genomics efforts. Acquired by Human Longevity in November 2015.
EdgeWave provides internet security, email security, next generation firewall and network solutions to more than 6,000 companies worldwide. The company partners with tech leaders such as Huawei Technologies to protect the global economy from hackers.
Entra Health offers an FDA Class II software platform, serving as a one-stop shop for remote patient monitoring, telemedicine and mobile health devices. Acquired by CRF Health in July 2016.
IriSys is a service provider for biotech and pharmaceutical companies wishing to develop products that meet US regulatory requirements. With a focus on Asia, IriSys acts as a bridge between foreign pharmaceutical firms and the U.S. market.
Portfolium bridges the workforce skills gap by empowering and connecting students with potential job opportunities. Portfolium’s platform provides students and other job seekers the chance to showcase the projects and creations on which they've worked to future employers.
ROBO 3D began with the vision of creating a more affordable 3D printer. The company’s product offerings include printer bundles, a specialized drone kit and a slew of custom filaments.
Total Communicator Solution develops fully integrated mobile marketing communication platforms. Its signature product, SparkCompass, utilizes state-of-the-art beacon technology, enabling the delivery of customized and relevant data for real-time consumer engagement.
VAVi Sport & Social has become one of the premier sport league and social event organizers in the nation. Featuring large events such as the Del Mar Mud Run, the Ridiculous Obstacle Course and their flagship event, the WIPEOUT Run, VAVi is replicating their success in Australia and beyond.
Verve Mobile provides a dynamic location-based mobile marketing platform to help advertisers connect with consumers on their devices in real-time.
VisionTree has utilized cloud-based systems to become a leader in data collection, workflow integration and cross-platform applications. This has led to improvements in the quality and efficiency of communication, decision making and planning processes within the healthcare system.
Wearable Sensing is creating wearable, wireless and dry sensor EEG brain activity monitoring systems. These systems enable research grade EEG recording in real-world environments, with applications in everything from pro-surfing to robotics to the study of PTSD.