Metro Chicago Exports 2017 Pitch Competitions – Apply Now!

Metro Chicago Exports is now accepting applications for our 2017 export pitch competitions.

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

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

There is one application for both events, and applicants may indicate a preference for the July or October event. Each pitch competition is a single-day event, where 10 finalists will be pre-selected from the pool of online applicants to give a short pitch to a panel of judges for export assistance. Online applications will be accepted through June 16, 2017.


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

Click here to start your application.