Global Access Program (GAP)


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 20th year. GAP has played a role in giving more than 3,550 UCLA Anderson students a unique, real-world, international learning experience; assisted over 730 companies from 23 countries in increasing their international success and generated more than $930 million in direct investment. In July 2017, UCLA Anderson hosted its annual Global Access Program company launch. The weekend brought together 295 final-year FEMBA students with executives from 50 companies based in countries that included Australia, Chile, Finland, Italy, New Zealand, South Korea and Sweden.

Case Studies


Finding a Sustainable Business Model for Screening and Treating Non-Communicable Diseases in South Africa (Human Sciences Research Council, SOUTH AFRICA) 2015

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.

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Identifying Market Entry Points for a Cutting Edge, New Zealand-Based Startup 2013

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.

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Supporting Rapid U.S. and Global Expansion for Estonian-Based MobileNOW! 2013

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!

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Evaluating Expansion of King’s Hawaiian Products into the Brazilian Market 2013

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.

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