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MetroConnect Program

Congratulations to our 2016 MetroConnect cohort

Aurora Spine

AVACEN Medical


Deering Banjo Company

ElliptiGO, Inc.




MANTA Instruments Inc.

Ocean Aero

Ocean Reef

Rough Draft Brewing Company

Solatube Worldwide Sales




About the MetroConnect Program

Building on the success of the pilot round, the MetroConnect Program is creating additional support services in 2016 to directly help San Diego companies. These services include:

  • A $10,000 grant provided by JPMorgan Chase to assist with international efforts
  • A dedicated trade and investment manager at WTC San Diego to support company participants in deploying overseas strategies during the grant period
  • Access to workshops that address export compliance, financing and fundraising and global marketing
  • Reduced airfare on the Japan Airlines direct flight from San Diego to Tokyo
  • Free access to SYSTRAN software for website translation and customer service needs
  • Consideration to compete for an additional $35,000 during the MetroConnect Grand Prize Pitchfest in November 2016
  • The expanded MetroConnect Program is made possible by JPMorgan Chase, a company committed to helping San Diego reach its full economic potential.

MetroConnect funds can be used for a variety for global services including travel (to and from target markets), participation in trade shows, establishment of a foreign subsidiary, foreign language translation of marketing materials and more. 

Check back on our blog for updates about MetroConnect.

Please refer to our FAQ and contact Drew Garrison at for further questions.

Applications are now closed. Sign up for future MetroConnect notifications here.



In order to be considered for grant funding, companies must meet all of the following conditions:

  1. Defined as an SME by SBA size standards found at 13 C.F.R. Part 121:
  2. Has at least three employees
  3. Has been in business for not less than one year on the date on which the application is submitted
  4. Have a product/service manufactured in San Diego or made outside San Diego where San Diego will derive significant benefits from increased international sales or investment.