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April 2017

Based on the overwhelming success and popularity of GABA Startup award, it is time to designate it its own signature event to honor the most promising German-American startups - the GABA Rising Stars!

The event will be held at the beautiful Thomas Fogarty Winery in Woodside on August 24, 2017 and presents a great opportunity to network with various high-level members of the international business community as well as our startup finalists. 



Caroline Raynaud, Executive Director

Main Supporters:
SAP WilmerHale



Main Events

European Pitch Night
Wednesday, April 5, 2017 06:00 PM - 08:30 PM
620 Davis Street (the BelCham co-working space), San Francisco

Join GABA for a unique EUROPEAN PITCH NIGHT hosted by EuroCham - the Association of American European Chambers of Commerce and Business Associations.  It will be a fantastic opportunity to meet Europe's finest start-ups in the Bay Area.  Five entrepreneurs from across Europe will take the stage for a 5-minute pitch, followed by a 3-minute Q&A round.

Digitalization: Management Challenges and Opportunities
Wednesday, April 12, 2017 06:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Squire Patton Boggs, 620 Hansen Way, Palo Alto

GABA invites you to learn about the changing workforce and how to manage virtually. 

Enterprise Software - On the Brink?
Wednesday, April 26, 2017 6:00 PM - 08:00 PM
SAP, 3410 Hillview Ave, Palo Alto

SaaS, Big Data/IoT, the big paradigms of recent years, seem to have run their course. Time to take stock and look at where we are today, and even more interesting, where we are going in the coming years. Some of the most seasoned observers of our industry will serve on this not-to-be-missed panel. 
NoCal Stammtisch Meetings
Come mingle and network in the casual environment of the GABA supported Stammtisch meetings, no registration needed, feel free to attend. 

San Francisco Stammtisch 
Monday, April 3, 2017 06:30 PM - 09:00 PM
The Liberties, 998 Guerrero Street, San Francisco

Alameda Stammtisch 
Wednesday, April 5, 2017 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Speisekammer, 2424 Lincoln Avenue, Alameda

North Bay Stammtisch
Thursday, April 13, 2017 06:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Hopmonk, 224 Vintage Way, Novato

South Bay Stammtisch
Wednesday, April 19, 2017 07:00 PM - 09:30 PM
Esther's German Bakery and Café, 987 N San Antonio Rd, Los Altos

Santa Cruz Stammtisch
Wednesday, April 19, 2017 06:00 PM - 10:00 PM
The Crepe Place, 1134 Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz

Please register here

Sacramento Stammtisch
Thursday, April 20, 2017 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Der Biergarten, 2332 K. Street, Sacramento


GABA SoCal Events

SoCal Stammtisch LA at Loreley Restaurant & Biergarten
Thursday, April 6, 2017 07:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Loreley Restaurant, 1201 N La Brea Ave, West Hollywood

This month we have a German treat for you.  Join us at the Loreley Restaurant and Biergarten for our April business mixer.  Loreley just opened recently, but has already gained popularity; not least because they carry some of Germany's favorite beers on tab.  Expand your professional network and make new friends. We look forward to seeing you at Loreley Restaurant and Biergarten!!

SoCal Stammtisch OC at Red Bar and Lounge
Thursday, April 13, 2017 06:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Red Bar and Lounge, inside the Irvine Hotel, 17900 Jamboree Road, Irvine

Bring your friends and colleagues to our next OC business mixer at the Red Bar and Lounge.  Enjoy cocktails and appetizers while expanding your professional and social networks.  Come and join us in making Hotel Irvine's slogan " We mean business with a splash of pleasure" a reality.

SoCal Stammtisch San Diego at Fifty Seven Degrees
Wednesday, April 19, 2017 06:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Fifty Seven Degrees, 1735 Hancock Street, San Diego

Join GABA for our monthly Business Mixer at Fifty Seven Degrees in Mission Hills.  Tucked inside a popular wine shop, this airy lounge offers an eclectic selection of global and domestic wines and has 31 local San Diego brews on tap.  Enjoy pours & craft beers with bar bites while expanding your business contacts and making new friends!

World Trade Week Kick-Off Breakfast 2017
Thursday, May 4, 2017 07:15 AM - 10:30 AM
Westin Bonaventure Hotel & Suites, 404 S Figueroa St, Los Angeles

Experience this world-class annual breakfast event at our GABA VIP table at the Westin Bonaventure.  Keynote, Prestigious Awards, Silent Auction, Meet and mingle with 800 top executives of Southern California's business and international trade community.  This year's Master of Ceremonies: David Ono, ABC 7 News.  Pre-registration required by April 25, 2017.

GABA Munich

GABA-Munich: San Francisco Bay Mixer
Thursday, April 20, 2017 07:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Fedora, Ledererstr. 3, Munich

Join the German-American Business Association Munich and get-together with the San Francisco Bay Mixer in these urban, old vaults: Fedora offers good cocktails, live jazz, Italian food and thin-crusted pizza. Bring your friends, family and colleagues, and enjoy a fun-filled evening with us in a relaxed atmosphere.  Come see us at the bar.

GABA-Munich: San Francisco Bay Mixer at the Hippodrom
Sunday, April 23, 2017 06:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Hippodrom tent located at the Fruehlingsfest, Theresienwiese, Munich

Again the Family Krätz, Susanne Barsody and the entire Hippodrom team welcome us to the 7th annual Bavarian-American Friendship Evening. Seating begins at 6pm. Please plan to arrive by no later than 7pm to assure that we keep the reserved tables. 

GABA-Munich: Year of the Rooster Innovation Festival
Thursday, April 27, 2017 08:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Munich Backstage, Reitknechtstr. 6, Munich

The German-American Business Association Munich invites you to come join the Innovation Festival on Digital Transformation.  More info here.

Partner Events

Invest in Bavaria: m[A.I.]_fest - a Spring A.I. Event
Wednesday May 10, 2017 05:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Quadrus Conference Center, 2400 Sand Hill Road, Menlo Park

Our artificial intelligence (A.I.) & machine learning-themed event brings together industry-leading Bavarian and German corporates and A.I. startups in Silicon Valley. Entrepreneurs and investors active in the A.I. space are also welcome to attend.  The evening includes a panel discussion and Q&A session with experts from research, industry and finance. The Bavarian Happy Hour that follows will feature southern German cuisine and traditional Bavarian beer.  Register here.  For more info, or if you'd like to attend the conference and matchmaking portion of the event earlier in day (, please contact [email protected]

3DHEALS Healthcare 3D Printing Global Conference
Thursday, April 20, 2017 08:00 AM - 6:00 PM
UCSF Mission Bay Campus,1675 Owens St., Suite 251 San Francisco

#3DHEALS2017 is the first collaborative conference in U.S. aiming to create a truly collaborative global community focusing on healthcare applications using 3D printing and 3D printing related technologies.  Discount for GABA members with code: 3DHEALS2017GABA


New and Renewing Members

Premium Corporate:
Deutsche Telekom
Gordon Biersch Brewing Company
Innogy New Ventures LLC
Osborne Clark

Mercedes-Benz Research & Development North America

Chiral Software, Inc.
Philipp Weitz Photography
Susanne Bohl - Realtor

Individual Members:
Lex Anselm
HD Boesch
Anthony Bozanic
Amber Hansen
Uschi Joshua
Johannes Lintzen
John Mack
Kurt Neumann
Sascha Noll
Walter O'Haire
Gerhard Scherer
Alexander Schlee
Alexander Ungewickell

Interest Groups

Welcome to Silicon Valley: How Corporates Are Plugging In

Thursday, March 2,  GABA's Media and Entertainment IG Group hosted a panel discussion featuring journalists and media experts from Germany and the US to discuss the state of news media at the Midpen Media Center in Palo Alto.  An article about this event and a video of the event is posted here.


GABA's Interest Groups (IG's) provide resources and networking opportunities specific to each interest:

Automotive IG
Clean Technology IG
Cyber Security IG
Entrepreneurs & Venture Capital IG
Human Resources IG
Industry 4.0
Innovation IG
International IG
Life Sciences / Healthcare IG
Media & Entertainment IG
Newcomers IG
Software IG
Wireless / Mobile IG
Women in Business 
Young Professionals IG

Member News

Hopper Creek Winery
Hopper Creek Winery, is a proud sponsor of the GABA GALA and offering GABA members 10% discount on purchases.  Further information on our family owned winery along with selection of wines is at

The Westin SF Airport/ALOFT SF Airport
Spring Sale:  Save 15% off the DAILY rate when you book between April 5, 2017 and April 8, 2017 and stay between April 5, 2017 and May 20, 2017. Use rate plan DAILYDI.  

Osborne Clark
Felix Hilgert is a senior commercial lawyer at Osborne Clarke Germany currently working at the firm's Silicon Valley office. Felix specializes in IT and e-commerce law, with a special focus on the needs of technology companies and the interactive entertainment industry. He is qualified in German law and looking forward to helping U.S. companies expand their European business.

 Airberlin is repositioning itself as a network carrier with a focus on its hubs at Berlin and Dusseldorf.  For more information see an article in eturbonews here.

GASPA Summer Camp
The German-American School of Palo Alto is pleased to once again offer it ever popular 4-week, full immersion Summer camp program in Menlo Park for students ages 3-14. Be immersed in German this summer with "Sommer, Sonne, Deutsch!" Full program details can be found on our website:

Euro VAT Refund
Many US companies are leaving Value Added TAX (VAT) behind on business expenses in Germany. Many are unaware about their VAT refund possibilities on events, hotels, transportation, and other costs. Please contact Euro VAT Refund, Inc.  before April 15, 2017 to meet the filing deadline for EU invoices issued in 2016.

Business Coaching of Northern California
Business Coaching of Northern California announces its Training Programs 2017:  Do you want to improve morale or productivity, enhance efficiency or profit, develop leadership? Join 5,000 satisfied clients served by 200 coaches.  Visit our  website or video to learn more.
GERMANSCHOOLcampus in Newport Beach offers German classes to age groups 7-18 on Monday A1, DSD-II/B2/C1 and AP, Thursday A2, B1. DaF to the  Common European Framework of Reference for Language (CEFRL).  Language certificates can open doors to International Corporations or studies abroad.  We invite to cultural events during the school year.

Job Board

Consulate General San Francisco - Part-time Employee for Juristic and Consular Affairs 
The Consulate General of San Francsico is looking for a part-time employee (20 hours/week).  For more information see here.

Consulate General San Francisco - Full-time Employee for Press and Cultural Affairs 
The Consulate General of San Francsico is looking for a full-time employee (40 hours/week).  For more information see here.

Culture Selection

Newport Beach Film Festival: German Film "Nowhere"
Tuesday, April 25, 2017
Come enjoy the German film, "Nowhere" during the Newport Beach Film Festival, April 25. Tickets can be purchased at  More detailed information will be available at the time of the ticket sale.
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