The 2013 UCLA Anderson Global Access Program had a strong finish, with 50 companies from seven countries attending the students’ final presentations on Saturday, Dec. 7. In total, 110 executives from Finland, Italy, Brazil, Australia, New Zealand, Estonia and the United States watched GAP teams present their findings before a panel of three expert judges. GAP teams of five Fully-Employed MBA students conducted six-month field studies to identify strengths, analyze weaknesses and pinpoint opportunities to develop an investment-quality business plan for the companies. On average, teams conducted more than 150 primary research interviews to develop their final plans and presentations.
GAP primarily focuses on helping innovative technology oriented foreign companies that recognize the opportunity for potential growth enter the U.S. market. A total of 268 students prepared for their final presentations with two formal dry-runs to their faculty advisor, a paired team and to the GAP administration.
Students used the skills and knowledge developed in the classroom to solve a real-world challenge for each company. Teams traveled extensively to conduct research. “Many FEMBA students tell us that GAP
is the reason they came to UCLA Anderson for their MBA,” says Paul Brandano ('06), executive director for marketing for the field study programs.
GAP has worked with a total of 539 companies from 19 countries and tracked more than $200 million in investment in companies that have been through the GAP experience.
For more on GAP and opportunities to join the roster of clients, head to their homepage.