Global Access Program Requirements


The Global Access Program (GAP) was designed to combine the unique skills of our technology-oriented, executive-level MBA students with the needs of foreign technology companies seeking answers to critical strategic questions about entering the U.S. market. 

In our experience, successful new-market entry requires a company to be successful enough in its home market to make expansion a realistic next step.


GAP companies should meet the requirements listed below.

Corporate Requirements

Companies that qualify for GAP enrollment are required to meet all of the following corporate requirements:

  • Minimum of US$1,000,000 in turnover/revenue
  • Positive or near-positive cash flow to continue operations beyond December 2020
  • Foreign-based company that wants to explore market entry into the United States
  • Minimum of 10 full-time employees

Investment Requirements

To ensure the success of GAP projects, we require a modest investment of time and money, along with access to relevant data.

  • Two executives must allocate 1 to 2 hours per week for the complete project
  • Two executives must travel to UCLA for events from July 17 to 19, 2020, and on December 5, 2020
  • Grant full access to strategic and historical financial data
  • Host 2 to 3 students at your company headquarters for 3 to 5 days
  • Pay the $18,000 program fee 

Additional Requirements

Meeting the following requirements will give your company an advantage during our selection process.

  • Fluency in English at the senior management level
  • Current paying customer(s) for the products or service that the team will evaluate
  • No fundraising during the length of the project as it becomes the primary focus of the executives

“Participation in the GAP program helped us develop one of our key products and sped up the processes within our own company on how to properly enter the U.S. market. The information we received has already been used to make internal decisions. We could already imagine what the market was like, but we learned so much more from face-to-face contact with the students,”

Linas Launikonis
CCO, Novameta, Lithuania


Assurance of Confidentiality


UCLA Anderson maintains stringent confidentiality standards regarding each Global Access Program project. All students, faculty, staff and company executives must sign a comprehensive program nondisclosure agreement in order to participate. Over the course of 22 years and 820 successful projects, we are not aware of any alleged breach in confidentiality.