Metro Chicago Exports 2017 Pitch Competitions!

The 2017 Metro Chicago XPORT Challenge will be co-hosted on July 25th, 2017 at Chase Tower, Chicago. Small and medium sized businesses will have the opportunity to win $5,000, $2,500 and $1,000 with matching UPS export shipping credits.

Guest Registration is open! 


Meet our Finalists:

BareItAll Pet Foods (Chicago)

Bowman Analytics (Schaumburg)

Century Metal Spinning (Bensenville)

Chicago Comb Co. (Chicago)

Inclusion Solutions (Evanston)

MedGyn Products, Inc. (Addison)

OmniCare Group, Inc. (Lombard) 

Parknav (Chicago)

Power of 3 (Duggan Sisters®) (Chicago)

Sennco Solutions, Inc. (Plainfield)


Welcome our Judges: 

Omar Duque, President & CEO, Illinois Hispanic Chamber of Commerce 

Janice Lopez, Managing Director- Entrepreneurial Services, Women’s Business Development Center

Rich Moore, Director, UPS-Illinois District

Jimmy Odom, Director of Inclusive Entrepreneurship, World Business Chicago

Peter Riehle, President & CEO, Wittenstein, Inc.



A second competition will be held on October 4th, 2017. Prizes to be determined.

Last year Metro Chicago Exports and UPS presented the inaugural Metro Chicago XPORT Challenge on October 20, 2016 at Chase Tower in Chicago. 10 finalists pitched their plans for going global to compete for a grand prize of $10,000 in cash from Metro Chicago Exports and $10,000 UPS shipping credits.

  • First place: Pinch Provisions
  • Second place: Mantis
  • Third place: TGIN


2016 XPORT Challenge finalists included:

2016 Metro Chicago XPORT Challenge