The selection process will take place as follows:

Open Call for Applications

Tuesday, December 6, 2017

Deadline to Apply

Friday, February 3, 2017

February 13 – 17, 2017

Acceptance letters will be sent to the First Pool of Accepted Candidates (candidates will have 10 business days to accept their spot)

Acceptance letters will be sent to the Second Pool of Accepted Candidates

February 20 – March 10, 2017

Declination letters will be sent to remaining candidates

February 27 – March 10, 2017

List of participants will be published

March 13, 2017

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

1. Key decision-makers and influencers

2. Ability to create long term economic connections

3. Gender, ethnic, and cultural diversity

4. Geographic and sectoral balance

5. Former ACE hosts and participants

6. Special categories: SBDC Directors, top entrepreneurs, and startups

7. Early application

8. Capacity to cover the cost of their participation


Kindly note that if a candidate is accepted into the program and he/she is unable to attend, the selected candidate cannot independently select an alternative candidate. The nomination is NOT transferable.

Selection Process

& Criteria

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