MetroConnect equips growing San Diego companies with resources to increase international sales.

MetroConnect is a program of EDC’s international affiliate, World Trade Center San Diego (WTCSD), and is generously underwritten by



Using a cohort-based model, WTCSD’s MetroConnect accelerator equips sets of 15 San Diego companies with the resources and partners to increase international sales. For specialized assistance, the next cohort of MetroConnect VII companies will each be placed into one of three specialized tracks reflecting San Diego’s economic strengths—life sciences, strategic technology, and consumer goods.

What do participating companies receive?

  • $5,000 export grant and chance to win $25,000 Grand Prize
  • STEP grant expert advising – additional $5,000-10,000 opportunity
  • 15-month SystranPRO machine translation software subscription – $525 value
  • 40+ mentorship hours from top leaders at multinational corporations
  • 7 executive workshops: Market entry, export finance, global marketing, international trade shows, and more (plus two specialized sessions per industry track)
  • One-year San Diego Regional EDC membership – $5,000 value
  • Discounts on international travel with partner airlines, such as Japan Airlines
  • Complimentary consulting and support from vetted service providers:
    • JPMorgan Chase – banking
    • Procopio – legal
    • YCP Solidiance – Asia strategy/consulting

Does my company qualify?

  • Headquartered in San Diego
  • Have been in business for at least one year
  • Export-ready—you are already exporting goods/services or are pursuing international sales as a priority



Special thanks to our MetroConnect sponsors

MetroConnect Companies

Since 2015, MetroConnect has assisted 95 companies in turning $890,000 in export grants into $95 million in new international sales, 543 new international contracts, and 22 new offices around the world. Meet our cohorts, past and present:

Want to learn more about MetroConnect?

Whether you’d like to grow your company’s international sales via the program or want to build your brand by sponsoring MetroConnect, we’re excited to connect. Get in touch to learn how to get involved.

Lucas Coleman
Lucas Coleman

Director, World Trade Center San Diego