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Global Access Program GAP

​Global Access Program offers Finnish companies a tailor-made market-entry plan for the US or other international markets.


The Global Access Program market entry plan is done by experienced business professionals who are completing their MBA degree simultaneously at UCLA Anderson School of Management.

During the intensive six month work period your company gets an individually tailored market entry plan from their assigned MBA team. The team members also act as consultants in this process.

During the program (July to December) the company will work together with the team to execute:

  • Feasibility analysis for business operations
  • Market analysis and a marketing strategy
  • Business plan (including focus points, networking)
  • Method for monitoring and follow-up of aforementioned factors

In order for the program to achieve its goal, companies must have close-knit and open communication with their MBA team. The process will be supervised and coordinated by staff from the Anderson School of Management.

Funding for participation costs

  1. For under 5 years old startup companies Tempo
  2. For over 5 years old SMEs and midcap companies Market Explorer 
  3. Participation costs can be included as part of an ongoing R&D project or Young Innovative Company (NIY) project.


Global Access Program requirements

  • Business operations based on an innovative product concept
  • Independent company or a unit of a larger corporation
  • Enough technological expertise
  • Concept that provides a sustainable competitive edge
  • Paying clientele
  • Sufficient funding and/or positive cash flow for the following 1 to 2 years
  • English website

GAP starts annually in July and ends early December. Your company can apply for the GAP program in October/November and February/March. During the application process representatives from UCLA and Business Finland will interview applicant companies.

Over 250 Finnish companies have participated the Global Access Program since 1999. See all Finnish GAP companies here (pdf).

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