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The Americas Competitiveness Exchange

The Americas Competitiveness Exchange (ACE) is the premier economic development, innovation, and entrepreneurial network of the Americas and is one of the leading High–Level events of the Organization of American States (OAS). The ACE program is one of the core initiatives of the Inter-American Competitiveness Network (RIAC), for which the OAS serves as the Technical Secretariat. The ACE brings together up to 50 senior-level government, business, policy, and economic decision-makers from across the Americas and beyond to experience first-hand the diverse range of projects, strategic investments, public-private partnerships, and best practices from a particular region’s economic, innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem. These top global leaders are selected to participate in the week-long program to engage with innovation hubs, advanced technology centers, leading firms, educational and research institutions; explore local, regional, urban, and rural economic development models; share experiences and knowledge; build networks to enhance competitiveness in the Americas; promote sustainable and inclusive economic development; and increase trade and investment opportunities.

These top global leaders are selected to participate in the week-long program to visit and engage with innovation hubs, advanced technology centers, leading firms, educational and research institutions; explore local, regional, urban, and rural economic development models; share experiences and knowledge; build networks to enhance competitiveness in the Americas; promote sustainable and inclusive economic development; and increase trade and investment opportunities.

During the ACE, participants will travel on a custom charter bus through over 30 innovation hubs, research centers, top companies, and leading academic institutions. Each ACE visit offers a unique opportunity to explore local and regional economic development models, share experiences and knowledge, and build networks among the local and visiting stakeholders.

The immersive program includes hands-on demonstrations of next-generation technology, presentations and interactive discussions, behind the scenes tours, and VIP networking events to create multidirectional collaboration channels designed for participants to explore mutually beneficial partnerships, investment opportunities, and the exchange of best practices on innovation and entrepreneurship between the hosts and fellow ACE leaders.

The ACE has been held twelve times throughout different regions since 2014, including seven in the United States, one in Canada, three in Latin America (Mexico, Argentina, and Chile), and one Special Edition hosted jointly by Germany and Israel.

The ACE is Leading Change!

500+ global and regional high-level delegates have benefited from the ACE program since its inception in 2014. The program has generated more than 2,000 collaboration opportunities and strategic alliances. Global impact projects that have emerged as a result of the ACE program include the following:

  • The creation of new advanced textile jobs in North Carolina, United States, by drawing attention to the Conover Global Textile Research Center creating new investment opportunities;
  • The development of a strategic plan for the Logistics Sector of the State of Hidalgo, Mexico, through a collaboration with the Georgia Institute of Technology;
  • The creation of new jobs in Wisconsin, United States, through the establishment of new trade networks with Argentina and Mexico;
  • The consolidation of a $10M research and development program to support innovation ventures between Brazil and Israel;
  • The installation of The Ithaka Center of Entrepreneurship and Innovation in the Catholic University of Uruguay (UCU);
  • A compatible cluster map of the United States, Canada, and Mexico, to better inform policymakers;
  • The implementation of a “Seed Capital for Biotechnological Entrepreneurs” project by the National Agency for Research and Innovation of Uruguay, based on U.S. models and Economic Development Administration programs;
  • The Launch of Haiti’s first Incubator Center for Technological Innovation (ALPHA Haiti) modeled after U.S. and Mexico incubators and supported by ACE leaders;
  • The establishment of a Memorandum of Understanding between Argentina and Germany for joint funding of research and development projects for Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs);
  • The establishment of 12 entrepreneurship clubs in Haiti’s high schools inspired by the Flagler County School District model from Florida, United States.

ACE Editions

ACE 1

Georgia, North and South Carolina, Unided States

ACE 2

Mexico City, Aguascalientes and Guadalajara, Mexico

ACE 3

Minnesota, Wisconsin and Illinois, Unided States

ACE 4

Province of Cordoba, Argentina

ACE 5

Arizona and California, Unided States

ACE 6

Province of Ontario, Canada

ACE 7

Central Texas, Unided States

ACE 8

Florida, Unided States

ACE 9

Germany - Israel

ACE 10

California, Unided States

ACE 11

Puerto Rico, Unided States

ACE 12

Santiago de Chile, Chile