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: