Congratulations to our 2016 MetroConnect cohort
Deering Banjo Company
MANTA Instruments Inc.
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 email@example.com 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:
Defined as an SME by SBA size standards found at 13 C.F.R. Part 121:
Has at least three employees
Has been in business for not less than one year on the date on which the application is submitted
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.