April 2019

GABA is excited to introduce Jens Horstmann as our new Chairman. Jens has 30 years of executive, technology and engineering experience in Silicon Valley and global High Tech industries. Jens is the Founding Director at Crestlight Venture Fund, he has served as VP of Entertainment Technology of NCR Corp. and advises other Fortune 500 companies. Jens has been a great supporter of GABA for the past few years and is looking forward to adding his perspective and skill set towards growing GABA. We also would like to thank Daniel Zimmer, who continues to be GABA's Vice Chairman, for his time as GABA's Chairman!  

Caroline Raynaud, Executive Director
We thank our main supporters:


GABA NorCal 

Main Events

European Pitch Night
Wednesday, April 10, 2019 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
DocuSign, 221 Main Street, Suite 1000, San Francisco

This event is a collaboration of the European Chambers and Business Associations in San Francisco. Five entrepreneurs from some of Europe?s most interesting startups will take the stage for a five-minute pitch, followed by a three-minute Q&A round. This event is very popular and always sells out so please be sure to get your tickets today. We have limited seats available and the tickets are first come, first serve. There is not going to be any tickets for sale at the door. Register here.

The Future of Mobility and Last Mile Transportation
Tuesday, April 16, 2019 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Robert Bosch LLC, 384 Santa Trinita Ave, Sunnyvale

GABA and the Automotive Interest Group would like to invite you for an evening to hear from a panel of Mobility and Automotive Experts who will share insights and discuss current developments and future trends.

European Networking
Wednesday, May 1, 2019 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Cooley LLP, 3175 Hanover Street, Palo Alto

Don't miss this chance to mingle with business professionals from diverse European countries! Get your ticket soon since this event may sell out!
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 8, 2019 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
The Liberties, 998 Guerrero Street, San Francisco

North Bay Stammtisch
Thursday, April 11, 2019 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Hopmonk, 224 Vintage Way, Novato

South Bay Stammtisch
Wednesday, April 17, 2019 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Esther's German Bakery and Café, 987 N San Antonio Rd, Los Altos

Santa Cruz Stammtisch
Wednesday, April 17, 2019 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
The Crepe Place, 1134 Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz

Please register here

Sacramento Stammtisch
Thursday, April 18, 2019 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Der Biergarten, 2332 K. Street, Sacramento

GABA SoCal Events

SoCal Stammtisch LA at The Shangri-La
Thursday, April 4, 2019 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Hotel Shangri-La, Onyx Rooftop Lounge, 1301 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica

We welcome you to another fun GABA business mixer at the Shangri-La Hotel! Overlooking the Pacific since 1939, Hotel Shangri-La is a dramatic beacon of Art Deco beauty, Hollywood allure, and Los Angeles history. Meet us inside the Onyx Rooftop Lounge to expand your business contacts and make new friends! We hope to see you there!

SoCal Stammtisch San Diego at Meze Greek Fusion
Wednesday, April 17, 2019 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Meze Greek Fusion, 345 6th Ave, San Diego

Join GABA for our monthly Stammtisch at Mezé Greek Fusion San Diego!
Enjoy the taste of finely crafted Greek cuisine with a southern California twist. Make new friends and expand your business contacts. We hope to see you there!

SoCal Stammtisch OC at the German Spotlight/Newport Beach Film Festival
Tuesday, April 30, 2019 7:00 PM - 11:00 PM
German Spotlight at the 2019 Newport Beach Film Festival, Triangle Square Cinemas, 1870 Harbor Blvd, Costa Mesa

Join GABA for the screening of the Annual German Spotlight Movie at the prestigious Newport Beach Film Festival (NBFF), followed by an exclusive European Showcase After-Party at TIME Nightclub right next to the movie theatre.

Partner Events

German American Chamber of Commerce West (GACC West) Energy Efficiency Awards
Apply now for the ENERGY EFFICIENCY AWARDS and showcase your technology in front of industry specialists and potential customers. The GACC West Energy Efficiency Awards recognize outstanding achievements of German companies in the field of building performance in the US. A prestigious jury of experts from leading companies, associations and research organizations will review applications and select five finalists based on innovative characteristics and achieved energy savings.

GUILD - Founder Meet Funder Program
The GUILD is launching a pilot program that connects female entrepreneurs with investors 1:1 for advice, fundraising questions and the potential to invest. Female founders get warm introductions to angels and VCs to connect for 4 x 30 min video calls for advice and a chance to pitch. Please check out https://www.letsguild.com/investor-entrepreneur for more information, application deadline April 5th.

EuroCruise 2019
11 bilateral European-American business organizations in the Bay Area cordially invite their members & friends to celebrate Europe Day 2019 on May 9. Mix and mingle with the European business community while enjoying beautiful sunset views of the Bay over a glass of champagne and delicious appetizers. DJ Champagne will provide the musical setting for this unforgettable European-American evening. Early-Bird tickets only available until April 15th! More info here.

New and Renewing Members

Premium Corporate:
Euro VAT Refund, Inc.

Mercedes-Benz Research & Development North America, Inc.
Yes Partners


Individual Members:
Stefanie Bastian
Bernie Blume
Heike Blume
Florian Carl
Renate Craft
Celestina Craft
Tricia Dow
Liza Goldstein
Greg Hargrove
Hillary Heer
Rike Hellermann
Mandy Herrmann
Jon Norton
Rosemarie Reisch
Erich Sonnberger
Regine Staufenberg
Fiona Steinert
Gheorghe Toth
Patricia Volger
Ulf Waldmann

Interest Groups

GABA's Women in Business Group "Channeling your Inner Confidence" took place at WilmerHale on March 7th. They hosted a stimulating and inspiring panel discussion with female leaders of various industries who were happy to share their stories as well as pivotal and defining moments in their careers and the wisdom and insights they received from supporters who contributed to paving their path to the top. 
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

We are privileged to announce the upcoming Innovation Hub in the heart of SoMa, SF. Looking for space and to be part of the most vibrant community? Expect a curated, Engineer-Focused Startup-Hub with a variety of perks & niche events. Apply here.

Job Board

German-American School Association of Southern California (GASA)
We are looking for teachers for several Saturday Schools in the Los Angeles area.  The lessons are on Saturdays from 9am to 12pm. Applicants should be able to teach in German and teach them independently and creatively. Requirements: German, experience with teaching children, reliable, possess a work permit to work legally in the US. Please apply here.

Kärcher - Venture Analyst - Sunnyvale
Kärcher is a leading provider of cleaning technology. From high pressure washers, vacuum and steam cleaners for consumer to sweepers, car wash and electronic data transmission based fleet management for professionals, Kärcher offers wide portfolio of innovative solutions. See here for more info.


Culture Selection

Goethe Institut Film: "Forever In India (Hippie Masala)
Friday, April 12, 2019 6:00 PM
Ulrich Grossenbacher and Damaris Lüthi, Switzerland 2006, 93 min. Forever in India explores the interface of tourism and migration in India, a booming destination for many European hippies since the 1960s. The film shows the many facets of migration and portrays the journey of six European hippies who decided to stay in India.
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