The Global Access Program (GAP) serves as a change-agent for students and corporations alike, as well as foreign nations through enhanced economic development. GAP is a six-month mandatory field study and the capstone experience for the FEMBA program. It is a boot camp experience that challenges future MBAs to prove their ability to execute and bring structure to an unstructured problem. All GAP projects carry a technology focus. Non-technology companies and not-for-profit organizations qualify based on how they plan to leverage technology for strategic communication or to implement their programs. UCLA Anderson hosts an annual GAP company launch each July that is designed to bring students together with company executives for consecutive days to establish objectives and study topics, as well as to socialize with their teammates and GAP project leads. The research component of GAP starts in August and ends in late October, with the average team conducting a minimum of 150 first-person interviews with key stakeholders. Each team must write an investment-quality business plan, backed with a tremendous amount of primary and secondary research, to present to industry experts and investors at the end of the program in December.
The Global Access Program was founded in 1998 and is now in its 19th year. GAP has played a role in giving more than 3,200 UCLA Anderson students a unique, real-world, international learning experience; assisted over 690 companies from 23 countries in increasing their international success; and generated more than $650 million in direct investment. In July 2016, UCLA Anderson hosted its annual GAP company launch. The weekend brought together 267 final-year FEMBA students with executives from 45 companie based in countries that included Australia, Finland, Italy, New Zealand, South Africa and Sweden.
The Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) is a not-for-profit research organization that conducts large-scale social projects that contribute to the developmental goals of South Africa and the African continent.Learn More
The Global Access Program has traditionally focused on supporting small-to-medium sized technology firms. Each year, a few pre-revenue companies are accepted into the experience in an effort to accelerate their growth.Learn More
In GAP’s second year of working with companies from Estonia, the team of FEMBA students, Naydia Chantarasompoth, Jennifer Chou, Connie Chu, Dinesh Shadrach and Ji Hoon Yoon, made a real and immediate impact on their client MobileNOW!Learn More
For over 60 years, King’s Hawaiian has successfully introduced Hawaiian bread to the United States. The company was evaluating international expansion and its goal for the GAP team was to develop key components of a plan to enter the Brazilian market with their line of Hawaiian products.Learn More