Global Access Program GAP

Market entry plan from experienced professionals for the US or other international markets.
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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.

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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.

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Funding for Global Access Program

  1. Primarily Tempo funding (startup and SME companies) as de minimis subsidies. Including own salaries, personnel side costs, outsourced services and general expenses
  2. Funding for young innovative companies. This financing option is intended for companies that have been granted Tekes' funding for young innovative companies. Expenses related to participation to Market Access Programs will be incorporated into the projects' costs.

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

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