Planck Aerosystems joins MetroConnect to expand international growth

SAN DIEGO – Planck Aerosystems is pleased to announce it has been selected to take part in MetroConnect 2017, an export assistance program run by the World Trade Center San Diego (WTC) and designed to help San Diego companies accelerate their global growth. The announcement was made today by San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer and WTC San Diego. This program will allow Planck Aerosystems to expand it’s international reach in maritime markets and establish trade partnerships.

“We’re thrilled to be a part of the MetroConnect program,” said Dave Twining, Planck Aero’s co-founder and COO. “Over the past couple years, they’ve established a proven track record of success in helping companies improve and expand export efforts. It is great timing for Planck.”

As the flagship export assistance program of World Trade Center San Diego, MetroConnect seeks to cultivate a pipeline of export-ready firms to elevate San Diego’s global reach. Now in its third year, program participants will receive a $10,000 grant, presented by JPMorgan Chase & Co., and a suite of programmatic support services to assist with international expansion strategies. Program participants will have access to a dedicated staff manager at WTC San Diego, and will receive guidance on export compliance, financing and fundraising, among other international support services.
“We applaud Planck Aerosystems for taking the next step in going global,” said Nikia Clarke, executive director of World Trade Center San Diego. “With SMEs like this at the forefront, San Diego must continue to increase its export capacity and boost the region’s global identity. MetroConnect is equipping these companies with the resources necessary to do just that.”

The MetroConnect program is highly competitive, with just 15 selected based on a variety of criteria, including interest in new markets, interest in targeted metro markets, assessed impact of funds, current international traction and more. Applicants were assessed by a panel of judges, including representatives from Qualcomm Ventures, Biocom, UC San Diego, Rough Draft Brewing, San Diego State University, Tech San Diego, U.S. Department of Commerce, UC San Diego, San Diego Regional EDC and WTC San Diego.

Planck Aerosystems joins a cohort of 14 other companies representing a unique cross-section of San Diego’s industries, from cleantech to maritime to craft brewing and life sciences – each with plans to take San Diego innovation globally.

Participating companies will also be considered for the program’s MetroConnect Grand Prize Pitchfest in May 2018, which will provide an additional $35,000 to help one or two companies further advance their global agendas.

MetroConnect is underwritten by JPMorgan Chase & Co., with additional support provided by Air Canada, CDC Small Business Finance, Japan Airlines, Japan External Trade Organization, Qualcomm, SYSTRAN, Taylor Guitars and others.

About Planck Aerosystems
Planck Aerosystems is the world’s first autonomous drone company to focus on use cases operating from moving vehicles. Planck’s specialized drone systems and intelligent computer vision software provide a safer, faster, and more efficient way to perform real-time situational awareness, inspection, and object detection tasks from moving vehicles, such as work boats and trucks. They work with government agencies and high value industrial maritime operators to deliver unprecedented aerial data collection capabilities.

About World Trade Center San Diego
World Trade Center San Diego operates as an affiliate of San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation. WTC San Diego works to further San Diego’s global competitiveness by building an export pipeline, attracting and retaining foreign investment and increasing San Diego’s global profile abroad. sandiegobusiness.org/wtcsd