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The ACE

The Americas Competitiveness Exchanges (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 2016-2018 RIAC’s Work Plan.

 

The ACE was originally created by the U.S. Department of Commerce, the U.S. Department of State and the Organization of American States (OAS) as RIAC Technical Secretariat.

 

The objective of the ACE 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 around 50 economic and political decision makers from across the Americas and beyond for a five to six-days tour of innovative hubs, leading firms, and educational and research institutions. The ACE is the ideal opportunity for decision makers to explore local and regional economic development models, share experiences and knowledge, build networks between the local and visiting stakeholders, and establish long-term collaborative partnerships to strengthen innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystems of the Americas and beyond.

 

The tours showcase universities, centers of innovation, hubs, and clusters from different industries such as Information Communication Technology, Bioscience, Cleantech, Life Sciences, Advanced Manufacturing, Agribusiness, Financial technology and cybersecurity.

 

The host regions / countries have been:

ACE I

ACE II

April 2014

Georgia, North and South Carolina, USA

August 2014

Mexico City, Aguascalientes and Guadalajara, Mexico

ACE III

ACE IV

April 2015

Minnesota, Wisconsin and Illinois, USA

October 2015

Province of Cordoba, Argentina

ACE V

ACE VI

April 2016

Arizona and California, USA

September 2016

Province of Ontario, Canada

ACE VII

ACE VIII

April 2017

Central Texas, USA

December 2017

Florida, USA

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Testimonies

Interview with Kim Osborne - ACE 7 Texas

Interview with Daniel Villanueva - ACE 7 Texas

Interview with Jay Rogers, CEO, Local Motors - ACE 5 Texas

Interview with Mitch Davies, Canada - ACE 5 Texas

Interview with Emma Hippolyte, St Lucia - ACE 5 Texas

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