Mayor Kevin Faulconer with representatives of the 15 MetroConnect companies. Courtesy World Trade Center San Diego

Fifteen San Diego startups received $10,000 each on Tuesday to help them export their products and services overseas.

The recipients of the MetroConnect awards were announced by Mayor Kevin Faulconer, JPMorgan Chase and the World Trade Center of San Diego.

“Helping startups and businesses expand into foreign markets is one of the most effective ways to grow our economy and create jobs here at home,” said Faulconer.

The 15 companies are:

  • Coronado Brewing Co.
  • CP Global Manufacturing
  • CureMatch
  • Del Mar Oceanographic
  • Dermala
  • Envision Solar International
  • FoxFury
  • Guru
  • Julian Hard Cider
  • Optimized Fuel Technologies
  • Performa Learning
  • Planck Aerosystems
  • Tioga Research
  • Tunnel Vision
  • Urban Translations

The MetroConnect program equips small- and medium-sized companies with a suite of financial and programmatic resources to support their efforts in bringing their products and services global.

In addition to the $10,000 grants to cover costs associated with international expansion, the companies get help from the World Trade Center, reduced airfare on Japan Airlines and Air Canada flights, and access to special software.

“JPMorgan Chase is pleased to support the next wave of San Diego businesses ready to expand internationally,” said Tim West, head of the bank’s middle market practice in San Diego. “Representing a diversity of industries across the San Diego region, MetroConnect will enable local firms to explore target international markets, attend trade shows and participate in export training workshops.”

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Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.