Global Access Program (GAP)

The Global Access Program (GAP) is a six-month mandatory field study and the capstone experience for the FEMBA program. It is a real-world consulting experience that challenges future MBAs to prove their ability to execute and bring structure to a company's international market expansion. 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 brings together final-year FEMBA students with executives from companies around the world. The research travel component of GAP starts in August and ends in November, with the average team conducting a minimum of 150 in-person interviews with key stakeholders for a team of six students. Each team must write an investment-quality business plan, backed by 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 21st year. GAP has played a role in giving more than 3,880 UCLA Anderson part-time students a unique, real-world, international learning experience. They have assisted over 750 companies from 25 countries to increase their international success and generated over $975 million in direct investment. In July 2018, UCLA Anderson hosted its annual Global Access Program company launch. The weekend brought together 235 final-year FEMBA students with executives from 40 companies based in countries that included Australia, Brazil, Chile, Finland, India, Israel, Italy, Lithuania, New Zealand 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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