The thick stack of bound papers lying on the desk at the Trade Commission of Denmark in Atlanta is a recipe of practices almost seven years in the making, and the Danish trade commission’s Beijing office wants to use these proven guidelines to get its programs cooking.

The packet sits within the reach of Rebecca Aqin Wang, a recent hire in the Beijing branch of the trade commission, who’s on a weeklong sojourn to learn how she can adapt the practices of the successful Atlanta accelerator program to the Chinese operation.

In nearly seven years, the Atlanta accelerator has helped about 40 Danish companies establish operations in the United States.

By learning from the Atlanta group’s growing pains, Ms. Wang’s superiors at the Beijing accelerator hope their program will develop more quickly.

“Since 2001, they’ve done a lot of changes, and they’ve already made (the Atlanta branch) a perfect place,” Ms. Wang told GlobalAtlanta. “By coming here, I can avoid errors.”

Jan Sauer, the Danish trade commissioner in Atlanta since 2005, said his operation isn’t quite flawless, but by steadily compiling best practices and maintaining a clear vision, the Atlanta program has become the model for Danish accelerators in major U.S. cities and in countries like India and China.

Accelerators in Chicago and Los Angeles–areas more geographically famous than Atlanta–haven’t enjoyed the same level of success as the Georgia capital for a variety of reasons.

“The reason why we’re successful has a lot to do with Atlanta, Georgia and the South being a great place to do business,” Mr. Sauer said.

Part of that positive business climate, Mr. Sauer said, involves the support of economic development agencies like the Georgia Department of Economic Development and the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce. He also noted the proximity of Christopher Smith, Denmark’s honorary consul for Georgia, who is an attorney in Macon, about 80 miles southeast of Atlanta.

Although Ms. Wang is unclear as to whether she will have similar support back in Beijing, she said the practices she learned from Mr. Sauer–both through the heavy stack of written materials and firsthand experience–will pay dividends for the Beijing office.

“(Mr. Sauer) has a knowledge he can share with me,” Ms. Wang said, citing the contrast between her relative inexperience and the numerous projects Mr. Sauer has managed over more than two years as trade commissioner.

Ms. Wang has taken every observation and admonition seriously, to the point where she says she’ll reevaluate the décor of the office and how the trade commission does cross-cultural training for companies unclear about Chinese business practices.

Ms. Wang graduated as the top student in a class of 140 in the international MBA program at Tsinghua University in Beijing, and Mr. Sauer said the hiring of such high-caliber talent shows that China is a high priority, along with Brazil, Russia and India, the other emerging economies of the so-called BRIC countries.

“These are a strategic priority for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. It’s also a priority to get the accelerator programs to work around the world,” Mr. Sauer said.

He said the accelerator concept has been used in Danish offices worldwide, in places like New Delhi and Tokyo.

In addition to touring the accelerator and learning about its day-to-day operations, Ms. Wang met a variety of Atlanta businesspeople, including representatives from companies within the accelerator.

As managing editor of Global Atlanta, Trevor has spent 15+ years reporting on Atlanta’s ties with the world. An avid traveler, he has undertaken trips to 30+ countries to uncover stories on the perils...