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Go Global San Diego was launched in 2015 by a cross-sector collaborative to maximize the region’s economic prosperity and competitiveness through increased global engagement, especially international exports and foreign direct investment. As a multi-year initiative, it intends to grow jobs, increase connections with foreign markets and position the CaliBaja region as an economic powerhouse on the global scale. More information can be found at www.goglobalsd.org .

The MetroConnect Prize is an important component of the Initiative. It provides small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) with the resources they need to take their business to the rest of the world. SMEs represent the vast majority of businesses in the region and are responsible for much of the innovation and job creation activity that propels our economy. The success of these firms is critical to the region’s future, and increasing their global reach is crucial to that success. Information about the MetroConnect Prize an...
Go Global San Diego was launched in 2015 by a cross-sector collaborative to maximize the region’s economic prosperity and competitiveness through increased global engagement, especially international exports and foreign direct investment. As a multi-year initiative, it intends to grow jobs, increase connections with foreign markets and position the CaliBaja region as an economic powerhouse on the global scale. More information can be found at www.goglobalsd.org .

The MetroConnect Prize is an important component of the Initiative. It provides small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) with the resources they need to take their business to the rest of the world. SMEs represent the vast majority of businesses in the region and are responsible for much of the innovation and job creation activity that propels our economy. The success of these firms is critical to the region’s future, and increasing their global reach is crucial to that success. Information about the MetroConnect Prize and a link to the application can be found at www.metroconnectsd.org.

MetroConnect will provide each selected company $5,000 or $10,000 in matching funds to cover up to 50% of the costs associated with the company’s next step to going global. Thanks to generous support from JP Morgan Chase & Co., the San Diego Regional EDC will award the MetroConnect Prize will to at least 20 companies trying to take their innovative products abroad, secure strategic partnerships and boost international business that ultimately translates to increased economic activity in San Diego. Companies will receive 50% of their award upon selection and the other 50% of their award upon successful completion of a case study highlighting their use of MetroConnect funds.

The application includes a number of questions regarding your company's international business plans. It should take 30 minutes to one hour to complete.

Companies will have until December 15, 2015 to utilize the funds provided by MetroConnect. Firms that spend the funds by October 31, 2015 will be eligible to participate in a demo day and pitch competition in November 2015 where winning companies will receive up to another $10,000 each in matching funds to continue their efforts for increased global engagement.

Visit www.metroconnectsd.org to learn more about the program, including eligibility criteria, FAQs and company expectations.

Please direct any questions to Efrem Bycer at eb@sandiegobusiness.org or 619-615-2968.
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