September 2019

GABA's  Rising Stars 2019 event is right around the corner, on September 5th. We will honor three successful and innovative German-American startups. Hurry up and get your tickets and enjoy an exciting evening of fine wine tasting and high level networking at Allied Arts Guild in Menlo Park!

Also, don't miss GABA’s conference Transatlantic Sync: Germany & the US in the era of technological revolution on October 27-29 featuring John Hennessy, Andy Bechtolsheim, Sebastian Thrun among others. 


Caroline Raynaud, Executive Director

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GABA NorCal 

Main Events

Industrie 4.0 Startup Showcase in Silicon Valley for German Startups
Wednesday, September 4, 2019 5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Galvanize, 44 Tehama (TownHall, 5th floor), San Francisco

Be part of the Year of German-American Friendship ("Deutschlandjahr USA") and join us for a pitch event featuring 8 carefully selected startups based in Germany in the Industrie 4.0 space. The event will bring together the startup community, corporate executives, and investors from the German and Silicon Valley ecosystem. A networking reception follows the presentation. This program is organized by EIT Digital, with the support of the German American Business Association (GABA). Free for GABA members. More information and registration here.

Rising Stars 2019
Thursday, September 5, 2019 5:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Allied Arts Guild, 75 Arbor Road, Menlo Park

For the 5th time we will honor successful and innovative German-American startups during our signature Startup Award event. Our mission is to bring together the German-American startup community, top entrepreneurs, decision makers, investors and startup founders under one roof.

The Future of Food
Thursday, September 12, 2019 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP, San Francisco

Join us for an exciting discussion with experts from Impossible Food, New Age Meats and other companies in the space to learn how they started out, how they produce the food in the lab, market traction, obstacles and future opportunities. Can these foods be produced economically and more sustainably, with the same or better taste and nutritional values and can we feed the world population more effectively and help reduce the environmental impact of animal production?

Bridging the Cultural Divide with Emotional Intelligence and Cross-Cultural Competence
Wednesday, September 18, 2019 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
360 Lab San Francisco, 274 Brannan Street, Suite 500, San Francisco

GABA would like to invite you to discuss the challenges and opportunities of cultural diversity.  Our will discuss how developing one's own self-awareness within a cultural setting allows for a deeper understanding of other cultural preferences and world views.

Friday, September 27, 2019 3:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Innogy, 437 Kipling Street, Suite 200, Palo Alto

GABA and Innogy New Ventures would like to invite you to the sixth edition of Watts&Wine, an event series of inspirational talks and networking all around the energy space and beyond.

Transatlantic Sync Conference
October 27 - 29, 2019 
Computer History Museum, 1401 Shoreline Blvd, Mountain View

GABA is hosting the Transatlantic Sync Conference which 
aims to create a vibrant forum for a German-Silicon Valley dialogue about the impact of digital technologies on business and society, build a strong network for German-American collaboration in digital innovation, business, and policy-making and excite, connect and inspire: participants meet the movers and shakers of the digital future from business, academia, and politics. Speakers include John Hennessy, Andy Bechtolsheim, Sebastian Thrun among others.
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 
Tuesday, September 3, 2019 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
The Liberties, 998 Guerrero Street, San Francisco

North Bay Stammtisch
Thursday, September 12, 2019 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Hopmonk, 224 Vintage Way, Novato

South Bay Stammtisch
Wednesday, September 18 2019 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Esther's German Bakery and Café, 987 N San Antonio Rd, Los Altos

Santa Cruz Stammtisch
Wednesday, September 18 2019 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
The Crepe Place, 1134 Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz

Please register here

Sacramento Stammtisch
Thursday, September 19, 2019 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Der Biergarten, 2332 K. Street, Sacramento

GABA SoCal Events

SoCal Stammtisch LA at Solidarity Patio Bar
Thursday, September 5, 2019, 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Solidarity Bar, 1414 Lincoln Blvd, Santa Monica

Join us for German-American-European networking, inspiring conversations, a guest speaker, refreshing European beer and cocktails - all held at a secret beer garden right in the middle of Santa Monica! $5 happy hour lasts until 7pm. Our guest speaker, Andreas Schwenk, is visiting from Berlin and will join us for a brief talk about his book "Finding a cue through Q". The book is based on his foreign policy research and provides new insight into the thinking of German and U.S. diplomats and reform of the United Nations Security Council. 

SoCal How to be a Confident Speaker - Women in Business
Tuesday, September 10, 2019, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Kigala Preschool, 2705 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica

Many of us know they'd be much more successful if they could get up in front of a room to speak, yet when it comes to talking to a roomful of people, whether at a networking meeting, industry function, wedding, or even on a smaller scale like a job interview, they absolutely panic. For these people - and you know if you're one of them - speaking is scary. It means putting yourself in the spotlight. Coach Marion Claire will give tips on how to approach a speaking engagement calmly and confidently.

SoCal Stammtisch OC at A&O Kitchen + Bar
Thursday, September 12, 2019, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Balboa Bay Resort, 1221 West Coast Hwy, Newport Beach

Join us at the beautiful waterfront Balboa Bay Resort for our next GABA Stammtisch Business Mixer. Abbreviated from "Anchors & Oceans, A&O is an inviting gastropub with rustic wood floors, reclaimed barn sliding walls, live edge wood communal dining tables, and an iron-clad bar tap overlooking the Newport Beach harbor. Meet new people, network and have fun with us!

SoCal Stammtisch San Diego at Kaiserhof
Wednesday, September 18, 2019, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Kaiserhof, 2253 Sunset Cliff Blvd, San Diego

Join GABA for our monthly Business Mixer at the German-American restaurant Kaiserhof in Ocean Beach, San Diego. Come kick-off the Octoberfest season with us and enjoy authentic German food and beer. There will be happy hour specials until 7pm. Guest speaker Sonja Stolzenberg, Realtor with Keller Williams SD Signature, will share info about the current real estate market, and if it is a good time to buy or sell. Expand your business contacts and make new friends! We hope to see you there!

Partner Events

Goethe Institut "German for Hire Webinar"
Calling all German interns and exchange students in the Bay Area! For our program German for Hire, the Goethe-Institut San Francisco is looking for ‚German ambassadors‘ to visit local schools to talk about all aspects of life in Germany and thereby foster the dialogue between the two countries. Join us for an informational meeting on Wednesday, September 18, from 6-8 pm at the Goethe-Institut in San Francisco. More information here.

Carreer Day at the Goethe-Institut San Francisco
This year´s Career Booster "Studying and Working in Germany" for high school and college students from the Bay Area will take place on Friday, October 18, 2019. We still have space available for interested companies (German or with ties to Germany) to join the event with an information booth and/or a 30-minute workshop. The goal of the Career Day is to inform the students about various opportunities to study, intern, and work in Germany – and how learning German can help them boost their future careers. At last year’s Career Day, we welcomed about 300 visitors. Please contact


New and Renewing Members

Hengeler Mueller
Taylor Wessing (US) Inc.
Interdisciplinary Dental Education Academy - IDEA

Royse Law Firm
Peritus Translations, Inc.
Silke Nock Mindfulness Coach

Individual Members:
Cyrille Brando
Andrea Breidenbach
Florian Brody
Birgit Eschmann
Brigitte Hajos
Greg Hargrove
Arch Hoffman
Frank Keller
Niels Nielsen
Noimie Njangiru
Faruk Okutucu
Seth Page
Anna Pototschnig
Michele Taipale
Marcel Verheijen
Alexandra von der Groeben
Chris Wagner

Interest Groups

GABA's Human Resources Industry Group held the event "How Automation will enhance your company's Human Capital - and enrich it!" at Robert Bosch, LLC in Sunnyvale on July 30th. The panel discussed the Future of Work, Future of Recruiting, and Future Skills - a conversation that is guided by the strong belief that humans and machines will extraordinarily cooperate and collaborate.
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

Leading independant German lawfirm LUTHER has been nominated by JUVE for 2019 German Lawfirm of the Year, German M&A Firm of the Year and German Litigation/Arbitration Firm of the Year. This shows the impressive, strong commitment of LUTHER to its clients´ needs and the high quality LUTHER is consistently providing to its international and German industry and midsize clients in all transaction- and business-related aspects. More information here.

Schug Winery Harvest Party in Sonoma
Join the Schug family in celebrating the 2019 harvest and hundred-year-old German roots with their biggest event of the year! Admission includes drink tickets for Schug wine and Federweisser, German food, live polka music, dancing, and stunning views of Carneros from the Schug Estate. More info and tickets at or call 707-939-9363!

Inside GABA

GABA's volunteers are the best! We could not do what we do without you! 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.

Culture Selection

Goethe Institut Los Angeles B2B Courses
Starting in September, the Goethe-Institut Los Angeles will offer B2B courses in addition to their general language program. The B2B portfolio includes language courses as well as intercultural trainings and workshops catered to the needs of companies who either work in international teams or are active in the German market. All offers are customized for your company. More info here.
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