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The Call for Applications for the next Americas Competitiveness Exchange on Innovation and Entrepreneurship is Open (2016-12-21)

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

The Call for Applications for the  next Americas Competitiveness Exchange on Innovation and Entrepreneurship is Open
The Seventh Americas Competitiveness Exchange on Innovation and Entrepreneurship (ACE), invites key leaders and decision makers from the Americas from the public, private and academic sectors to apply to this program. The six-day tour will take place from Sunday, April 2 to Friday, April 7, 2017 through the cities of San Antonio, New Braunfels, Fredericksburg, San Marcos, College Station and Austin in Central Texas, United States.

The ACE in Texas will provide a unique opportunity to experience first-hand advanced technology centers, tour innovation hubs, understand public-private partnerships, and see the impact of strategic investments in Central Texas. Featured sites on the tour will target the following clusters: advanced manufacturing, bioscience, cyber security, life sciences, rural healthcare, disaster recovery and resiliency, IT, and agriculture. Some of the 30+ sites of the tour will include:
  • The University of Texas at San Antonio;
  • Central Texas Technology Center in New Braunfels;
  • Texas Tech University in Fredericksburg;
  • Amazon fulfillment Center in San Marcos;
  • Texas A&M Engineering and its “Disaster City” in College Station, and Redbird Flight Simulators and Virtual Tour in the Google Self-Driving car in Austin 

By the end of the 7th ACE, participants will see how Texas is establishing global commercial relationships; leveraging its local assets; strengthening its local innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystems; coordinating a regional business plan to stimulate capital investment and job creation; developing tools to achieve environmentally sound economic development; providing appropriate infrastructure for innovative businesses to startup and expand, and connecting Universities, Industry and Government to solve complex challenges no one sector or player could address on their own.

Leaders of the Americas interested in participating in this activity must complete and submit the application form no later than Friday, February 3, 2017. Partial financial assistance may be available for qualifying selected candidates from the Americas who request support, particularly those from smaller economies. Early applicants will receive priority consideration. To read more about the program and hosts sites, as well as the selection process and criteria, logistics and estimated budget, please visit http://www.riacevents.org/ace/texas.

The 7th ACE is convened by the Organization of American States and the Inter-American Competitiveness Network (RIAC); the Government of the United States, through its U.S. Department of Commerce (the International Trade Administration (ITA) and the Economic Development Administration (EDA)); the U.S. Department of State-Permanent Mission of the United States to the OAS; and the Government of Mexico, as Chair Pro Tempore of the RIAC 2016-2018.

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 the ACE as one of the main activities of the 2016- 2018 RIAC’s Work Plan.

+ info:
Promotional Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NISUsSI_Yaw&t=2s #ACXchange

Contact:
Adriana Bonilla
Program Coordinator, Americas Competitiveness Exchange Organization of American States
RIAC Technical Secretariat
abonilla@oas.org

Leslie Wilson
Mexico Desk Officer
International Trade Administration
U.S. Department of Commerce
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