May 2019

Is your startup bringing to market a disruptive solution that is feasible, viable, and desirable? Then apply for the Rising Stars 2019 startup award today. The Rising Stars celebration will take place on September 5, applications are due by June 30th. Five finalists will pitch live at the Rising Stars event and compete for Startup of the Year, Newcomer and Audience Award. The Rising Stars competition was established in 2017 to support the most promising and innovative startups from the US and Germany. Do you have what it takes to become the next Rising Stars champion? See our past years winners and Jury and check out the award site.

Caroline Raynaud, Executive Director
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GABA NorCal 

Main Events

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!

EuroCruise 2019
Thursday, May 9, 2019 5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
McCovey Cove (Oracle Park), San Francisco

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. More info here.

Digital Health 2019
Thursday, May 16, 2019 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Squire Patton Boggs, 275 Battery Street, Suite 2600

GABA and the LifeScience Group would like to invite you for an evening to talk about emerging trends and opportunities in the digital health market. Join us to listen to a panel of experts presenting case studies and discussing the regulatory and marketing challenges for mHealth apps.

Networking Mixer with German Entrepreneurs
Thursday, May 30, 2019 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Morrison and Foerster, 755 Page Mill Road, Palo Alto

Please join us for an evening of networking with German high-profile startups. GABA members are invited to come and meet startups visiting from Germany during their visit to the Bay Area.
NorCal 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, May 6, 2019 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
The Liberties, 998 Guerrero Street, San Francisco

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

South Bay Stammtisch
Wednesday, May 15, 2019 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Esther's German Bakery and Café, 987 N San Antonio Rd, Los Altos

Santa Cruz Stammtisch
Wednesday, May 15, 2019 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
The Crepe Place, 1134 Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz

Please register here

Sacramento Stammtisch
Thursday, May16, 2019 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Der Biergarten, 2332 K. Street, Sacramento

GABA SoCal Events

SoCal Stammtisch LA at The Viceroy Santa Monica
Thursday, May 2, 2019 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Viceroy Santa Monica, 1819 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica

Join us at the Viceroy Santa Monica for our May business mixer! The Viceroy's Cast Lounge is a classic mid-twentieth century lounge and bar that not only features a classy ambience but also excellent cocktails. Connect, re-connect and enjoy the company of our international guests. We look forward to seeing you there!

SoCal GABA VIP Tables at the 2019 World Trade Week Kick-Off Breakfast
Thursday, May 2, 2019 7:00 AM - 10:30 AM
InterContinental LA Downtown, 900 Wilshire Blvd. Los Angeles

Meet and mingle with 800+ top executives, L.A. consulate corp and representatives of 50+ countries of Southern California's business and international trade community. This year's keynote is Dr. Udo Lange, CEO at FedEx Intl. The program features prestigious awards, a silent auction and a panel, including Christopher Thornberg, Beacon Economics.
SoCal Stammtisch San Diego at Eppic Brewing
Wednesday, May 15, 2019 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Eppig Brewing Point Lama, Waterfront Biergarten, 2817 Dickens St., San Diego

Join GABA for our monthly Stammtisch at Eppig Brewing Point Loma, San Diego! Enjoy brews at the waterfront with a fantastic view of San Diego's Skyline. Make new friends and expand your business contacts! We hope to see you there!

Partner Events

TiEcon 2019
On May 10-11, 2019, TiE Silicon Valley will host its flagship conference, TiEcon , the world's largest conference for entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs. TiEcon programs will educate, inspire, and engage 5,000-plus attendees at the Santa Clara Convention Center. Startups, thought leaders, domain experts, enterprise executives, venture capitalists, angel investors, government agencies, and service firms come together to support a thriving global entrepreneurial ecosystem. On pre-conference day, May 9, TiEcon will once again offer its all-day, comprehensive Startup Bootcamp. Register now and get $50 off using code TiEPartners for TiEcon 2019 !

Startup Conference and International Startup Fair
Monday, June 17, 2019 10am - 5pm
Computer History Museum, 1401 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View

GABA is a supporting organization of the Startup Conference 2019. 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. Stop by the International Startup Fair and discover hot new startups and cool technologies. The fair features over 20 companies showcasing (demoing) their products. GABA members receive a 20% discount for the Startup Conference and demo tables at the fair. Book yours soon, it sells out every year. Please use promotion code "GABA19" to register here.

New and Renewing Members

Premium Corporate:
Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton
Porsche Digital

El Camino College Small Business Development Center
Landesentwicklungsgesellschaft Thüringen


Individual Members:
Peter Biffar
Petra Chequer
Patrick Consorti
Nazy Curtis
Thomas Feith
Etienne Finet
Jan-Philipp Gehrmann
Darius Grantz
Jens Gronemeyer
Volker Huber
Madison Juschin
Bettina Kanno-Munoz
Harvey Karlovac
Michael Kelly
Edda Mihaescu, Ph. D., P.E.
Stephanie Muehlhausen
Henry Mulak
Les Pedrazzini
Michael Poitner
Katharina Powers
Michael Rolland
Michael Schmid
Christoph Seitz
Jorge Selvas
Lei Tan
Marly Tempel
Ali Uyanik
Brett Voris
Philip Wilson

Interest Groups

GABA's Automotive Interest Group event "The Future of Mobility and Last Mile Transportation" took place at Robert Bosch LLC on April 16th. Our guests enjoyed an evening with a panel of Mobility and Automotive Experts who shared insights and discussed current developments and future trends.
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

Invest in Bavaria
Join us for Maifest 2019, our annual spring event on Sand Hill Road on May 10! This year's keynote and panel discussion will offer insights into the impact of technologies shaping the Future of the Manufacturing Industry, such as Additive Manufacturing, Robotics, AI, Cybersecurity, Cloud & Edge Computing, and Blockchain. Register here.

Taylor Wessing
Taylor Wessing offers a webinar in cooperation with Lexology on "Artificial intelligence is no utopia - how to apply IP and data protection law" on May 21. AI is often seen as the panacea to inefficiency and lack of creativity, but there remain many questions on legal regulations. What happens if AI develops its own content? How does data protection law affect the implementation of machine learning and big data? In the webinar, we will discuss these issues and provide an overview of the most important legal aspects concerning AI. For further details see here and to see the posted recording after the webinar see here.

Metabolic Balance
metabolic balance® is the leading personalized nutrition program originating from Germany. Each nutrition plan is custom tailored from the analysis of a participant's unique blood values, health and life-style profile. Using only real foods, participants optimize their metabolism, vitality and maintain a healthy weight naturally. More info here.

Kilpatrick Townsend
Kilpatrick Townsend is a law firm with 20 offices in the US, Asia and in Stockholm. Founded is San Francisco in 1860, it is best known for its cutting-edge Intellectual Property practice, award-winning M&A practice, but also for Business & Finance, Construction, Employment, Litigation, Privacy and Technology Transactions. The firm has a dedicated Start-Up Program, a German Desk, and represents many of the global technology companies headquartered in the Bay Area.

The Lufthansa Group observed two big anniversaries last month - Fifty years of success was commemorated for the Los Angeles to Frankfurt flight and the first anniversary of our popular San Diego to Frankfurt flight was also celebrated. With our increased capacity, it is easier than ever to travel from the West Coast to Europe and beyond!

Job Board

German Consulate General Los Angeles
The German Consulate General Los Angeles is looking for someone to help full time in passport and visa processing. Please apply here.

GABA Social Media Volunteer position open

Are you interested in gaining some work experience in California and staying connected to the German-American business community? GABA is looking for a volunteer to manage social media posts and promote all of Gaba's events and member news as well as make updates and respond to inquiries as needed. You need to work 3-5 hours per week from home and you should have a good understanding of Facebook and LinkedIn event set up, announcements and promotions, as well as paid advertisement. This is a great opportunity for anyone who would like to expand their work experience in California, stay connected to the local German - American Business community as well as expand your personal business network. Volunteer will receive a small compensation for expenses and free access to all GABA events. Please contact if you are interested or have questions.


GABA's volunteers are the best! We could not do what we do without them. We always have opportunities, so if you have been curious please do not hesitate to reach out. We need help at events but also with organizing our various Stammtisch gatherings, or with administrative tasks. Please contact if you are interested or have questions.

Inside GABA

Michaela Ballek joined GABA as the Business Development Director in March 2019. Michaela moved between Germany and the Bay Area several times and has 15+ years of experience in consulting and program management, primarily in technology, innovation, and sustainability. When she is not interacting with GABA members, she works as an independent consultant in the Bay Area. Previously, Michaela worked as a Practice Manager at McKinsey & Company as well as for small consulting firms. She holds an MBA from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley, as well as a Masters in Statistics from Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich, Germany. Welcome Michaela!

Culture Selection

Goethe Institut "Lest We Forget"
LEST WE FORGET, a Holocaust remembrance project designed by German-Italian artist Luigi Toscano, is on display at San Francisco's Civic Center Plaza from April 17 ? May 19, 2019. 78 large-scale photographs of Holocaust survivors honor individuals living in the United States, Israel, Germany, Ukraine, Russia, Austria, the Netherlands, and the Bay Area with dignified portraits. In conjunction with the photo exhibition, the Goethe-Institut San Francisco and our community partners will present numerous educational programs, film screenings at the San Francisco Public Library, a panel discussion, public tours and other events throughout San Francisco. More info here.
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