Global Access Program

Access U.S. Markets, Accelerate Global Expansion

Each year, the Global Access Program (GAP) sends teams of talented professionals around the world to work with select technology companies. These final-year, Fully Employed MBA students invest thousands of hours in research with one goal in mind: to find new growth opportunities in the United States market to take a company to its next level of development. With a focus on new-market entry, GAP helps cross-border companies with their U.S. launch.

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“The ability to get a cross section of feedback within the market we are hoping to enter was the biggest benefit of participating in GAP. The program provides a point of reference to the U.S. market that is really important. We are already looking for a reason to come back to GAP again next year.”

Nathan Rothschild
Co-Founder, Genius Tech Group, Melbourne, Australia

A Program With Real Benefits

GAP pairs companies with dynamic teams who work to create an investment-quality, new-market entry plan with full financial projections.
Partner with Diverse Professionals
On average, GAP students are 31 years old, fully employed, multi-talented and have an average of seven years of professional experience.
Develop the Research Plan and Project Scope
Two company executives will meet with students at UCLA Anderson for two days to evaluate and define the depth of the project.
Conduct and Analyze the Research
Each GAP team will conduct 125+ personal interviews with customers, experts, distributors/resellers and consultants. 
Embark on Your New Entry Plan
Executives return to UCLA to receive a comprehensive business plan and observe the teams’ findings as they are presented to a panel of three expert judges.

Meet the Advisors

Over the course of the six-month program, each GAP team is advised by our world-class faculty members and technology experts.

“We assigned the students a native plant extract that boasted a high level of scientific evidence, but with low market awareness in the U.S. The team narrowed the opportunity to a sports recovery food in a novel format and formulated a concise market entry strategy for the product. GAP's consult empowered PFR to raise funds to launch a new product in the U.S.”

Brendan Vercoe
Commercial Development Manager, Plant and Food Research (PFR), Aukland, New Zealand

Global Network

Join over 900 companies from around the world that comprise the UCLA Anderson GAP network.