A High-level visit of Ministers, Business Leaders, and Economic Experts to Innovation Hubs in the State of Texas, United States
The 7th Americas Competitiveness Exchange on Innovation and Entrepreneurship (ACE)
Sunday, April 2 to Friday, April 7, 2017
A six-day tour through the cities of San Antonio, New Braunfels, Fredericksburg, San Marcos, College Station, and Austin in Central Texas, United States.
Deadline to apply:
Friday, February 3, 2017
Requirements to apply:
a. Fill out this application form in English. The selection committee will only review complete applications.

b. Have a professional and/or academic background that facilitates inter- and intra-country based development, such as foreign direct investment, trade, exports, supply chain linkages, shared technology, etc.

c. Be able to allocate resources, propose and adopt key policies, and/or possess the necessary connections to make identified priorities and actions possible within their country and in collaboration with other countries.

d. Be fluent in English. The activities of the 7th ACE will be carried out in English.

e. Have a valid visa (if necessary) to enter the United States.

f. Be able to provide visa, passport, and other necessary information to complete travel procedures.

g. Be able to participate during the entire program. Partial participation is not allowed.

A maximum of 50 participants will be selected by an evaluation committee based on the following CRITERIA:

• Key decision-makers and influencers
• Ability to create long term economic connections
• Gender, ethnic, and cultural diversity
• Geographic and sectoral balance
• Former ACE hosts and participants
• Special categories: SBDC Directors, top entrepreneurs, and startups
• Early application
• Capacity to cover the cost of their participation

For questions, please write to the OAS ACE program coordinator, Adriana Bonilla at and Leslie Wilson at

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