ATLANTA (Sept. 20, 2016) –
The 2016 Atlanta Metro Export Challenge
, a JPMorgan Chase-powered grant program created to help businesses begin or expand their exporting programs, today announced its top three winners. Narrowed down from five finalists, the three winners received a combined $35,000 in additional grants to grow their export strategies.
Leading global supplier of aftermarket aviation parts Aventure Aviation took the first place prize of $20,000, which will go toward expanding the brand into new markets such as China and Ireland. Pure Air Filtration won $10,000 as the second place winner and intends to use the funds to grow its filtration technology manufacturing and services in Europe. United Sciences, a 3D scanning technology and services company, received $5,000 as the third place winner, which will further assist the company in engaging with its overseas customers.
An initial pool of 35 grant recipients, who each received $5,000, was ultimately narrowed down to five finalists after a judging round in a “Shark Tank”-style pitch competition. The public was then invited to participate in the process during an online voting phase from Aug. 22 through Sept. 14. The top three winners were selected through a combination of the judges’ decisions and the public voting, then were announced at a luncheon at the Four Seasons Hotel in midtown Atlanta.