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April 2018

Applications are now open for the GABA Rising Stars 2018 Startup award! Eligible startups need to be less than 10 years old, and either a German company with subsidiary in the US or US company founded by a German. The award ceremony will take place at the beautiful Thomas Fogarty Winery in Woodside on August 23, 2018. This presents a great opportunity to network with various high-level members of the international business community and meet the finalists of the startup competition.


Caroline Raynaud, Executive Director

Main Sponsors:
brose         SAPWilmerHale


Main Events

Ethics, Artificial Intelligence and the European General Data Protection Regulation
Monday, April 16, 2018 11:30 PM - 2:00 PM
Docusign Executive Briefing Center, 221 Main St., Suite 1500, San Francisco

GABA would like to invite you to a discussion about cyber security ethics, AI and the European Data Protection.

Targeted Genome Editing has Arrived
Thursday, April 26, 2018 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Squire Patton Boggs, 275 Battery Street, Suite 2600, San Francisco

GABA would like to invite you to explore the CRISPR (Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats) technology and discuss the challenges and possibilities.  Experts will discuss mechanism, application and opportunities, from humans to crops and touch on implications for society.
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 2, 2018 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
The Liberties, 998 Guerrero Street, San Francisco

North Bay Stammtisch
Thursday, April 12, 2018 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Hopmonk, 224 Vintage Way, Novato

South Bay Stammtisch
Wednesday, April 18 2018 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Esther's German Bakery and Café, 987 N San Antonio Rd, Los Altos

Santa Cruz Stammtisch
Wednesday, April 18 2018 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
The Crepe Place, 1134 Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz

Please register here

Sacramento Stammtisch
Thursday, April 19, 2018 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Der Biergarten, 2332 K. Street, Sacramento

GABA SoCal Events

SoCal Stammtisch LA at Culver Hotel
Thursday, April 5, 2018 07:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Culver Hotel, Velvet Lounge, 9400 Culver Boulevard, Culver City

Join us for this month's Stammtisch in the Velvet Lounge of the historic Culver Hotel. Reconnect with old friends and network while enjoying the Culver Hotel's signature cocktails.

SoCal Stammtisch San Diego at The Brew Project
Wednesday, April 18, 2018 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
The Brew Project, 3683 Fifth Ave, San Diego

Join GABA for our monthly Business Mixer. The Brew Project serves hearty portions of New American fare with a south-of-the-border twist alongside a rotating selection of regional micro-brews. Every Wednesday they offer $5 Keep-The-Pint Night with a different San Diego brewery and beer. It starts at 6pm and runs until the glassware sells out. We hope to see you there!

SoCal "Funding for Startups - Angel, Venture, Crowd Funding or ICO?"
Wednesday, April 25, 2018 5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
BCG Digital Ventures, 1240 Rosecrans Ave, Manhattan Beach

Meet Verizon and SAP investors, and the CEO of StartEngine, a security token crowd-funding platform. Tour Boston Consulting Group Digital Ventures' cutting edge facility, and hear firsthand from AutoGravity and its experience raising $80 million.

SoCal OC Stammtisch @ German Spotlight and European Showcase after party at the 2018 Newport Beach Film Festival
Thursday, May 1, 2018, Time TBD
After Party at TIME Nightclub, Newport Beach Film Festival, Triangle Square Cinemas, 1870 Harbor Blvd, Costa Mesa 

Mark your calendar for May 1st! Our OC Stammtisch Business Mixer will meet at the annual German Spotlight feature film of the 2018 Newport Beach Film Festival, followed by the European Showcase after party at TIME Nightclub. Meet and greet with American and European guests and expand your network, while enjoying German culture and entertainment. GABA will offer reduced pricing for all members, so stay tuned for the registration opening after April 1st!

SoCal GABA VIP Table at Works Trade Week Kick-Off Breakfast 2018
Friday, May 4, 2018 7:15 AM - 11:00 AM
InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown, 900 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles

Experience this world-class annual breakfast event at our GABA VIP table at the InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown Hotel. Keynote, Prestigious Awards, Silent Auction, Meet and mingle with 900+ top executives of Southern California's business and international trade community.  Pre-registration required by April 24, 2018.

Partner Events

Pathways to 100% Renewable Energy
Thursday, April 12, 2018 8:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Friday, April 13, 2018 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Krutch Theater, UC Berkeley Clark Kerr Campus

Join us for the premier international conference focused on 100% renewable energy targets and solutions and gathers senior experts from multiple countries and disciplines to address challenges, opportunities and best practices in going from from target to implementation across sectors and jurisdictions. Join leaders from California, Germany and beyond. GABA members receive a 10% discount of regular pricing here.

Silicon Valley Forum: Women in Tech Festival 2018
April 12, 2pm - April 13, 6pm
Computer History Museum, 1401 North Shoreline Boulevard, Mountain View

Two incredible days of support and inspiration-don't miss Silicon Valley Forum's 4th annual Women in Tech Festival! This is your chance to connect with and celebrate women in tech, STEM, and business leadership careers. The Festival kicks off with a pitch day for female-founded companies on Thursday, April 12th; the following day, Friday, April 13th, is an all-day action-packed event, filled with panels, keynotes, workshop sessions, and tons of amazing networking. Get 10% off tickets with code GABA10! Snag yours here.

Startup World Cup 2018: Western Region Finals
Thursday, April 12, 9:00am - 5:00pm
Plug and Play Tech Center, 440 North Wolfe Road, Sunnyvale

Startup World Cup is a global event where startups from around the world will be coming to San Francisco to battle for a US $1,000,000 grand prize in investment. Startup World Cup is partnering with some of world's largest conferences and tech events to host 30 regional startup competitions in 30 different countries. The goal of Startup World Cup is to create innovation and entrepreneurship opportunities for startup ecosystems all over the world.  More info and registration here.

Startup Conference and International Startup Fair
Thursday, May 17, 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Fox Theater, 2215 Broadway Ave, Redwood City

GABA is a supporting organization of the Startup Conference 2018. With close to 2,000 entrepreneurs, the Startup Conference is one of the larger conferences in Silicon Valley for starting your startup, learning how to pitch VCs, find co-founders, launch your product to the press, reach early adopters and influencers. Past conference speakers include Guy Kawasaki, Drew Houston, Ben Parr and many more entrepreneurs and VCs. The fair features over 45 companies showcasing their products, and is free and open to the public. GABA members receive a 20% discount for the Startup Conference and demo tables at the fair with promotion code "GABA18" to register here

New and Renewing Members

Premium Corporate:
Deutsche Bank Labs
Euro VAT Refund, Inc.
Prosystem GmbH

Mercedes-Benz Research & Development North America

Individual Members:
Rene Biller
Andre Brose
Victor Florian
Brigitte Hajos
Hillary Heer
Natascha Helbig
Matthias Hesse
Martina Jecker
Markus Lintermanns
Stephanie Muehlhausen
Rosemarie Reisch
Gerhard Scherer
Martin Schoeppler
Silvia Schuessler
Nicolai Schwarz-Gondek
Fiona Steinert
Evelyn Tan
Henning Waatsack
Roman Weishaupl
Philip Wilson

Interest Groups

GABA's Women in Business IG hosted "Resilience - A Woman's Secret Power" on March 6th at Women's Startup Lab in Woodside.  The evening started with networking followed by panel discussion dedicated to resilience.

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

Hill88 Innovation News: The Robots are Coming
Hill88 is happy to join as a new GABA corporate member and will contribute on a regular basis with an update on innovation trends in the Silicon Valley. One area to watch is robotics. German startup Franka Emika has recently arrived here to bring its "co-bot" robot arm to North America. Local startups range from greppy, which aims to clean your bath room, to Aeolus, which brings Rosie the Robot from "The Jetsons" to reality. Check out our blog or subscribe to the Hill88 newsletter for more trend information.

Silicon Valley Mind Coach LLC 
Silicon Valley Mind Coach invites GABA members to schedule a FREE 20 minute hypnosis session all through the month of April.  SVMC empowers corporate leaders and their teams to increase job performance, make better decisions, and elevate team morale using cutting-edge self-hypnosis and NLP techniques resulting in transformational change in 6 individual, remote sessions delivered over the course of 2 weeks with a dedicated Mind Coach. Prerequisite: Visit and watch the 20 minute webinar that runs every full hour - then call us at 408-213-9567 to schedule your FREE introductory session.

Invest In Bavaria: Maifest 2018 "Future of Mobility: Autonomous, Connected, Supercharged"
Quadrus Conference Center, 2400 Sand Hill Road, Menlo Park 
Wednesday May 9, 2018 5:30 PM ? 9:00 PM

Invest in Bavaria's mobility-themed event brings together industry-leading Bavarian and German corporates and innovative growth-stage tech companies from Silicon Valley and beyond. It includes keynote presentations and a panel discussion as well as a Bavarian Happy Hour with Bavarian beer, wine, food and traditional dancers! Register here and please contact if you are interested in attending the conference for mobility experts, entrepreneurs and strategic investors earlier in the day!

Ludwig's German Table - April 1st Easter Brunch
Ludwigs will be open for Easter Brunch April 1st from 10am to 2pm. The following weeks we are open every Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 11pm and have Coffee and Cake in the afternoon. See our website for the menu and more info.

German Language School of Marin: Schlemmerreise 2018
Join us every month for Schlemmerreise 2018 to experience the cuisine of various German-speaking regions. Mak's Deli will be hosting dinners one Sunday a month from 5pm or 6:30pm.  Pre-registration is required. Register here. Mak's Deli is located at 101 E Cotati Ave in Cotati.

Osborne Clarke LLP
Despite the increasing economic importance of AR, developers and users of AR applications encounter unsolved legal issues in a number of areas of German law. Read more about Augmented Reality in German law | A 360 degree overview here from Osborne Clarke, International Legal Practice.

Inside GABA

Meet our New Marketing Manager, Claudia Tedesco. Claudia joined GABA in March 2018. She will focus on Marketing and Communication strategy, increasing GABA's outreach and awareness as well as manage the membership database and assist in preparation, marketing and follow up of events.


Job Board

Yes Partners
Musician/Singer for German/Austrian BayArea-Oktoberfestband
We are expanding our current German/Austrian/Bavarian Octoberfest-Band for the 2018 season, (based on the Peninsula - Menlo Park/San Jose area). If you are a musician and singer and like this type of music and singalong, including Volksmusik & Volkstuemlich and "Octoberfest-stuff", please drop me a line: Many songs are in German, but some also in English.

Culture Selection

Goethe Institut SF Film "Sophie Scholl - The Final Days"
Friday, April 20, 2018, 6:00pm
530 Bush Street, Suite 204, San Francisco

2018 marks the 75th Anniversary of the execution of 21-year-old German student Sophie Scholl. To commemorate the life of this young activist, the Goethe-Institut San Francisco shows Marc Rothemund's Sophie Scholl - The Final Days.  More info here.
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