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:
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.
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).
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:
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.
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.VIEW THE ALBUM
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