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Updated at 6:29 p.m. April 1, 2016:

Local companies looking to grow globally may apply for a $10,000 grant, World Trade Center San Diego announced Friday.

Made possible through funding from JPMorgan Chase & Co., the grants can assist with international efforts, export counseling, business-to-business matchmaking and trade show participation, according to the World Trade Center.

Fifteen MetroConnect Prize recipients will not only have access to funds, but also WTC San Diego and its affiliates’ international networks, World Trade Center said.

The MetroConnect Prize is one of the first of its kind in the United States and is part of the Global Cities Initiative, a joint project of JPMorgan and the Brookings Institution, said Nikia Clarke, World Trade Center director.

In 2016 alone, WTC San Diego and its partners have traveled to New Zealand, London, Japan and Sydney, and will head to Paris, Stockholm and Tokyo later this year to further develop business networks.

The application process closes May 2; finalists will notified by May 20.

Application and eligibility requirements can be found online, at

—City News Service

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