Four of 15 companies in World Trade Center San Diego's MetroConnect program, which assists local companies looking to expand internationally, have been selected to compete for an additional $35,000 toward those export efforts.

Companies selected for MetroConnect are provided resources to help increase international sales, including a $10,000 grant.

The companies that will compete for the additional funding are CureMatch, a digital health company which uses analytics to help doctors in selecting the best treatments for cancer patients; FoxFury, which makes waterproof and impact-resistant LED lights for use in firefighting and policing, industries that operate in hazardous areas and filming and photography; Planck Aerosystems, which has software that guides unmanned aircraft to land on moving vehicles; and Tioga Research, a contract research organization that develops products for pharmaceutical and cosmetics companies.

Votes cast by attendees at the MetroConnect Grand Prize PitchFest after the companies' representatives have made their pitches will determine which company is awarded the money.

The event is June 7 at Farmer & The Seahorse at 10996 Toerreyana Road. Matt Cole, president of Cubic Transportation Systems, is slated to address attendees.

Tickets are $30. To learn more or to sign up, visit

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