Metro Export Challenge

What is the Atlanta Metro Export Challenge?

The Atlanta Metro Export Challenge is a regional grant program designed to engage and challenge small- and medium-sized companies in metro Atlanta to think about their international expansion and to encourage action. The objectives of the program are:

  • To challenge companies to develop proactive international sales plans for their products and services
  • To drive companies to action on those plans
  • To increase exposure and awareness for the impact of exports of products and services in metro Atlanta

The grant program was developed in 2016 to increase the number of metro Atlanta companies that sell internationally and to increase the value of goods and services exported from metro Atlanta. By providing assistance with the costs of business development and export services, this program helps companies to build a strong foundation for international sales, access relevant research, and identify international partners and opportunities. The grant program is made possible through the sponsorship of the JPMorgan Chase Foundation and additional support from the Metro Atlanta Chamber, UPS, Johnson Controls, and Partnership Gwinnett.

Grant Benefits

Each selected company receives a reimbursement grant of $5,000 that can be used for expenses related to growing their international business. Companies that have used the full grant money within a calendar year are eligible to apply for a final round of competition with the chance to win an additional $5,000, $10,000, or $20,000 (Pitch Day).


2018 Atlanta Metro Export Challenge Rules & Regulations

Eligibility To be considered for grant funding, an authorized representative of the company (Form: ‘Company Self-Representation as an Eligible Small/Medium Business’) must certify that the applicant is eligible to receive an Atlanta MEC grant under all of the following elements of SME eligibility:

  1. Complies with Small Business Administration (SBA) size standards found at 13 C.F.R. Part 121;
  2. Has at least three (3) employees;
  3. Had been in business on, or before, 30 June 2017

Preference will be given to companies located in the metro Atlanta area that have less than $50 million in annual revenue. Additional consideration will be given to companies that are certified as a women business enterprise (WBE), a minority business enterprise (MBE), or a veteran-owned business.

Companies that have participated in previous years are not eligible to reapply.

2018 Atlanta Metro Export Challenge Reception

More than 100 people, including companies, sponsors, and partners, attended the 2018 Atlanta Metro Export Challenge Reception, the official promotion event for the grant program. The event, hosted by former grant winner NanoLumens, featured a panel discussion with Joe’ Lloyd of NanoLumens, Dot Bustelo of Loupe, and Ben Carter of Talero Tequila. Nick Masino of Partnership Gwinnett moderated the conversation.

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