The X-Port Challenge is an annual event organized by the United Parcel Service of America (UPS). This Shark-Tank pitch-off event is focused on the support and promotion of small businesses and start-ups. The UPS X-PORT Challenge is a promotion to attract small businesses, startups, and entrepreneurs to learn more about UPS’s international capabilities. The program began with a few districts in 2015 and was adopted by most of the 17 US districts in 2016. To participate, businesses can apply to earn an opportunity to pitch their solutions/products and win up to $10,000 in export shipping credits from UPS.
In the UPS X-Port Challenge 2017 that took place on October 26, 2017, several regional businesses competed for the final pitching. Eight of them were selected by the judging panel and admitted to the Pitch-Off.