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9th Americas Competitiveness Exchange on Innovation and Entrepreneurship

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Application Deadline: April 20th 2018

A seven-day high-level program for senior global leadership through the cities of Jerusalem, Tel-Aviv, Israel, and Berlin & Dresden, Germany

Sunday, June 24 to Friday, June 29, 2018

The 9th Americas Competitiveness Exchange on Innovation and Entrepreneurship invites key leaders and decision makers from the public, private, and academic sectors to apply for this program. For the 9th ACE, the Governments of Israel and Germany are delighted to open the highest levels of the economic assets that are making these countries great places to invest, do business, research, develop and test new technologies. The six-day program will take place from Sunday, June 24 to Friday, June 29, 2018. The initial part of the program will take place Sunday to Tuesday in Jerusalem and Tel-Aviv (Israel), and Tuesday evening to Friday will be regionally focused on Berlin and include a day trip to Dresden (Saxony).

The Americas Competitiveness Exchange (ACE) is a regional initiative of the Organization of American States (OAS) and the Inter-American Competitiveness Network (RIAC). Ministers and High-Level Authorities of the countries of the Americas approved ACE as one of the main activities of the 2017-2019 RIAC’s Work Plan.
The objective of the Exchange is to showcase successful examples of entrepreneurship, innovation, strategic investments and public-private partnerships from a specific region/country that contribute to the economic development at the local, national,
and regional levels. The event brings 50 decision makers from across the Americas and beyond for a five to six-day tour of innovative hubs, leading firms, and educational and research institutions to explore local and regional economic development
models, share experiences and knowledge, and build networks among the local and visiting stakeholders to enhance innovation and competitiveness of the Americas.


  • This high-level program invites key decision makers who drive inclusive economic development in their countries, institutions, and communities, including: Ministers/Vice Ministers (of Economy, Industry, Trade, SME, Science and Technology); Ambassadors, Mayors,Members of Congress/Legislature/Parliament; Private Sector and Local Government Leaders from cities/regions; Chancellors/Presidents/Vice Presidents of Universities; Presidents of Competitiveness Councils, Senior Leaders of Regional Economic Development, Small Business Development Center Leaders; Senior Public/Private/Academia Sector Individuals; and Top Entrepreneurs and societal influencers, among others.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Be fluent in English. All activities of the 9th ACE will be carried out only in English.
  • Have a valid visa (if necessary) to enter Israel and Germany.
  • Be able to provide visa, passport, photo, and other necessary information to complete travel procedures.
  • Be able to participate for entire the six-day program. Partial participation will not be considered.
  • Competitive and limited partial economic assistance might be available for few qualifying selected candidates from the Americas who request support. Particular consideration will be given to those from small economies in senior positions. Top female entrepreneurs will also be considered.
  • Kindly take note that the Selection Committee value positively applicant’s capacity to cover the cost of their participation.

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