“Cyber attacks threaten the growth of the global economy and we are all affected by the damage done by hackers,” said Dave Maquera, EdgeWave President and CEO. “EdgeWave is confronting this cyber threat with a global focus. We are successfully expanding into Asia with new large enterprise customer wins, and have partnered with Huawei Technologies, the worldwide Information & Communications Technology leader, to expand into other markets around the globe. EdgeWave’s unique combination of expert US Military cyber security veterans with advanced technology mirrors the San Diego community, and illustrates why San Diego is the right city to lead the way in securing the global economy.”
Funded by JPMorgan Chase & Co., the MetroConnect Prize granted 15 San Diego companies $10,000 each in order to assist with access to foreign markets. The MetroConnect Prize is part of the Go Global San Diego Initiative, which aims to help San Diego maximize its economic competitiveness and prosperity through increased global engagement. MetroConnect is administered by San Diego Regional EDC. In March 2015, Mayor Faulconer, JPMorgan Chase and others gathered more than 300 key business leaders at the Go Global San Diego Summit to discuss San Diego’s ability to grow jobs and opportunity in the region. The MetroConnect Prize was the first action item announced at the Summit, aimed at assisting small and medium-sized enterprises.
Companies in innovative industries throughout San Diego were encouraged to fill out an application. In total, 64 companies applied to receive the prize. Companies were selected based on a variety of criteria, including interest in new markets, interest in targeted metro markets, assessed impact of funds, current international plan and more. A panel of judges, including representatives from Biocom, CONNECT, Qualcomm Ventures, Quantum Designs, San Diego Regional EDC, Software San Diego and Wireless Life Sciences Alliance selected the winners.
“EdgeWave brings together two of the San Diego region’s most important economic drivers – Military and Cyber,” said Mark Cafferty, President and CEO of San Diego Regional EDC. “We applaud EdgeWave for taking the next step in going global, and the MetroConnect Prize is a business accelerator program for companies with their vision. The funding and guidance provided by the prize will help EdgeWave explore new world markets, resulting in economic growth for San Diego.”
Global engagement is essential if San Diego wants to catalyze its economy and workforce. The benefits of companies going global and engaging foreign markets are well-documented. According to the Brookings Institute, companies that are global pay their employees higher wages, are less likely to go out of business and spur more efficient development of technology and R&D.
Announced at the press conference today, MetroConnect Prize winners will also be eligible for the grand prize – an additional $50,000 to help one or two companies advance their global agendas. In late 2015, MetroConnect recipients – including EdgeWave, will be invited to share their stories for the judges and compete for the grand prize.
EdgeWave Delivers the World’s Safest Inboxes™ by eliminating email-borne security risks from targeted, socially engineered attacks. Our multi-layered Email Security Platform provides unparalleled predelivery protection, postdelivery detection and incident response to secure inboxes from today’s proliferating messaging threats like ransomware, spear phishing, business email compromise and more. Headquartered in San Diego, CA, EdgeWave has more than 2,500 customers and over 3.5 million protected users worldwide.