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Atlanta Metro Export Challenge

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About the Metro Export Challenge

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

The program works to challenge companies to develop proactive international sales plans for their products and services, drive companies to implement plans, and increase exposure and awareness for the impact of exports of services and products in metro Atlanta.

Each grant recipient receives a reimbursement grant of $5,000 that can be used for expenses related to growing international sales. Grant recipients also benefit from a series of workshops and meetings that assist in the development of global sales plans.

Congratulations to the 2020 Metro Export Challenge Cohort

Company County Industry
360 Network Solutions, LLC Cobb Transportation/IoT
Axion BioSystems City of Atlanta Bioscience and Healthcare
CloudFish Fulton IT and Internet Services
First Performance City of Atlanta Technology
Futurus City of Atlanta Technology
Poly Tech Industries, Inc. Jasper Manufacturing/Agriculture
Quantum Aviation Solutions Gwinnett Technology/Aviation
Revenue Analytics Cobb Technology
Sigma Thermal Cobb Manufacturing
Stallings Industries Pickens Manufacturing
Tripwire Interactive Fulton Sports and Entertainment
Zyroboktics DeKalb Education

MEC Applications

Applications are currently closed. 

Grant Eligibility

To be considered for grant funding, an authorized representative of the company must certify that the applying company is eligible to receive an Atlanta MEC grant under all of the following elements of SME eligibility:

Small Business Administration Standards

Eligibility

Small Business Administration Standards

Eligibility

Complies with Small Business Administration (SBA) size standards found at 13 C.F.R. Part 121

Number of Employees

Eligibility

Number of Employees

Eligibility

Has at least three employees

Business

Eligibility

Business

Eligibility

Has been in business on or before June 20, 2018.

Location

Eligibility

Location

Eligibility

Is located in the Atlanta Metropolitan Statistical

View Metro Area

Business and Headquarters

Eligibility

Business and Headquarters

Eligibility

Is registered as a business in the State of Georgia and headquartered in metro Atlanta

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.

Metro Export Challenge Pitch Day 2019 Winners

Congratulations to the three Metro Export Challenge Pitch Day winners!

1. Compass Technology Group ($20,000)

2. Vital4 ($10,000)

3. Skillshot Media ($5,000)

Huge thank you to the sponsors, partners and finalists for supporting the Atlanta Metro Export Challenge. Over the last three years, the annual Atlanta Metro Export Challenge has supported over 90 metro Atlanta companies with grants to grow their international sales.

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