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New Member Management And Event Registration Software

New GABA Member Experience Is Coming Soon

GABA is excited to announce the introduction of a new member management and event registration software. In addition to an improved experience in registration, invoices, and profiles, we will also offer brand-new functionality. The most notable new benefit will be…

1st Transatlantic AI Hackathon

Winners of 1st Transatlantic AI Hackathon – Health and Safety Monitoring DeepHack

Wow, what a ride this was! 48 hours of intense work and mentoring led to amazing results, with just a few small breaks for sleep, food, and the occasional Yoga sequence. 14 teams conceived solutions for very important challenges such…

Felix Hilgert

German Partner Felix Hilgert (Re-)Joins Osborne Clarke’s West Coast Team

International legal practice Osborne Clarke is growing its legal team in the Bay Area, with the addition in October of a German-qualified lawyer. Felix Hilgert is currently a Partner in Osborne Clarke’s Cologne office. He is a technology lawyer with…

Venture Capital Funding For AI Start-ups

Venture Capital Funding for AI Startups: Challenges & Opportunities in Germany and the US

Funding is one of the most crucial factors in enabling AI-driven startups to realize their business ideas. In contrast with the U.S. and China, however, the German venture capital market is still developing, making it more difficult for German AI…

Transatlantic AI Hackathon:

Transatlantic AI Hackathon: Register by September 8 and Win a Cash Prize!

Are you ready to win a share of the $10,000 cash prize and receive the OAK-D-IOT spatial depth and AI camera? Check out the requirements for the Health and Safety Monitoring DeepHack on Sep 24-26 and submit your project by…

Are Hybrid Work Models Here To Stay?

Are Hybrid Work Models Here to Stay?

"It's the start of a journey and a real culture shift." In this recent panel discussion, our speakers discussed hybrid work models and what this means for leadership, community building, equity, onboarding, loyalty and so much more. Hybrid Work is just at…

First Transatlantic AI Hackathon Challenge And Prizes Announced

First Transatlantic AI Hackathon Challenge and Prizes Announced

Today, we reveal the challenge and prizes of the first online Transatlantic AI Hackathon – Health and Safety Monitoring DeepHack. The hackathon will take place on September 24-26, 2021...
Create A Post-Pandemic Cultural Life

Create A Post-Pandemic Cultural Life – Applications Open until July 20

The Global Innovation Collaborative (GIC) announced the launch of its Creative Cities Challenge to speed economic recovery in the cultural and creative sectors after the pandemic. The GIC is a partnership between the Cities of Berlin, London, New York City and Paris, along…


Cryptocurrency Regulatory Developments

GABA main supporter WilmerHale offers a Cryptocurrency Regulatory Developments Webinar on Thursday, June 10 at 9am PT.
Accredited Online Master’s Program

Accredited Online Master’s Program: New Registrations Accepted

GABA-member Tomorrow’s Education has opened registration for its Professional Master’s Program in Sustainability, Entrepreneurship and Technology (SET) starting in August. The program is accredited both in Europe and the US and the content has a large overlap with GABA's core…

Covid Testing In A Vaccinated Population

Covid Testing in a Vaccinated Population: Needed or Obsolete?

Due to an increasingly efficient vaccination rollout and natural immunity, COVID-19 cases are declining in many countries. Nevertheless, the world has changed and so have testing, vaccination, hygiene, and travel standards. To exchange ideas about these changes, GABA hosted a…


AI: The Next Digital Revolution – Is Germany Prepared?

Yesterday, GABA hosted a discussion with AI thought-leaders on how Germany can contribute to and benefit from the enormous opportunities stemming from AI. Thomas Neubert, Senior Director at Intel and GABA Chair of the Board, moderated and started the discussion…

AI Campus Berlin

AI Campus Berlin Has Opened its Doors

Providing a place for AI to grow - that is the mission statement of the not-for-profit AI Campus Berlin, a 5’200sqm office and community hub in the heart of Berlin. Initiated by the AI Venture Studio Merantix, the AI Campus…

Eurocham: Meeting Of The Minds

Eurocham: Meeting of the Minds – What’s Next for the Bay Area?

Yesterday, the Association of American European Chambers of Commerce and Business Associations (AAECCBA – “Eurocham”) held its first Meeting of the Minds with a dozen of executives in the Bay Area. The roundtable discussion looked at facts and myths of…

Volunteering At GABA

Volunteer Positions at GABA

The impact and outreach of GABA’s programs would not be possible without our talented volunteers. Their dedication enables GABA and the German American business community to be successful. Your expertise matters!
GABA Survey 2021

GABA Survey 2021 – Create a Video and Win a Membership

New this year is a fun video survey which we administer with the support of our member Vidlet. GABA members and followers have the opportunity to tell us their opinion directly via a video recording. There are several benefits of…

Transatlantic AI Hackathon

Transatlantic AI Hackathon – New GABA Initiative

GABA is delighted to announce the Transatlantic AI Hackathon project, with EIT Digital as a co-organizer and partner. Three Transatlantic AI Hackathons will bring together creative minds and thought leaders from the US and Germany. This project will engage in…

German-U.S. Partnership: Harnessing The Future Of AI And Innovation

German-U.S. Partnership: Harnessing the Future of AI and Innovation

This week on Monday, April 19th, GABA had the honor to host a high-profile Fireside Chat to promote U.S.-European cooperation in artificial intelligence. This event was the joint launch of theTransatlantic AI eXchange and the Transatlantic Innovation Week. The Transatlantic…

The University In Your Pocket

The University in Your Pocket

Berlin-based EdTech Startup and new GABA member Tomorrow’s Education is building a University in your Pocket. The mobile-first platform that allows you to learn whenever and wherever you are, was developed by serial entrepreneurs Thomas Funke and Christian Rebernik whose…

Pandemic Management And Preparedness In Germany And In The U.S.

Pandemic Management and Preparedness in Germany and in the U.S. – A Panel Discussion

We were very privileged to co-host four highly distinguished panelists discussing the state and the outlook of pandemic management and preparedness in both countries and beyond. The panel consisted of well-known public health leaders Lothar Wieler, President of the Robert…

GInterview GABA Chair Thomas Neubert

Podcast: GABA Chair Thomas Neubert Is Interviewed by Christian Byza

Christian Byza's interview series tells stories from Germans who have successfully settled in Silicon Valley. GABA's Chair of the Board, Thomas Neubert, has been interviewed most recently and through his personal story, you get a glimpse of how Silicon Valley…

Silicon Valley Pitch Secrets: The 3 Keys To Connecting With Investors

Silicon Valley Pitch Secrets: The 3 Keys to Connecting with Investors

It was as informative as it was fun to listen to Angelika Blendstrup and Bill Reichert discuss the main takeaways from their recent book “Getting to Wow! Silicon Valley Pitch Secrets for Entrepreneurs” – if you can boil down 250+…

Volunteering At GABA

GABA: Join the Team! Have an Impact and Make New Connections

Talented and inspired volunteers drive GABA’s mission to build bridges between the German and Californian business community. Our team of volunteers powers our marketing and social media engines and enables our in-person events to run seamlessly. With increasing experience, volunteers…

Preparing For The Digital Working World

Preparing for the Digital Working World

How will Covid-19 impact the workplace transformation in Germany, the United States, the Netherlands and France? The international legal practice Osborne Clarke Germany will be organizing an international panel discussion on March 22, 2021 at 8:30am (PST) to answer this…

New Executive Director For GABA: Michaela Ballek

New Executive Director for GABA: Michaela Ballek

We are happy to announce Michaela Ballek as GABA's new Executive Director. Michaela has been with GABA for almost two years and helped drive GABA's strategic renewal, managed the creation of the new website and already worked with many company…

A Guide To U.S. Life And Finances: Arrive And Thrive

A Guide to U.S. Life and Finances: Arrive and Thrive

GABA welcomes Bank of the West as a new Premium Corporate member! With its international team, Bank of the West delivers personalized, local service for new and established residents in the US. Recently, they published a comprehensive guide for newcomers,…


IoT+Network – New Network for IoT Launches in Berlin!

IoT+ Network is Berlin's new B2B platform for game changers and innovators in the business of the Internet of Things, officially launched with a kick-off event on November 11, 2020.  The aim is to fulfill projects and bundle competencies for IoT execution from the…

The Importance Of ESG: The View From Europe

The Importance of ESG: The View from Europe

The issues surrounding environmental, social and governance (ESG) have been part of mainstream business in Germany and elsewhere in Europe for quite some time now, so it is an area in which Osborne Clarke has a lot of knowledge and…

Brose North America Recognized For Two National Workplace Awards

Brose North America Recognized for Two National Workplace Awards

Brose North America, family-owned automotive supplier and industry-leader in mechatronics, announced workplace excellence accolades awarded by two industry-leading organizations, Best and Brightest Companies to Work For and the Top Workplaces USA. For the Best and Brightest award, three Brose locations…

Kolja Reiss NRW.Global Business

Expanded Mission of NRW.Global Business (North America) LLC

NRW.Global Business (North America) LLC is kicking off 2021 with a breath of fresh air. The trade and investment agency of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW), Germany’s economic powerhouse region, started this year with an expanded mission and brand-new corporate identity. After…

VC Workshop Series

2021 VC Event Series Kick-Off: Automotive CVC Panel

The panel discussion "Strategic vs. Financially Driven Corporate Venture Capital - What's the "Right" Approach?" kicked-off our VC series with eight more events to follow in 2021. In a very open discussion, our panelists revealed how they balance the strategic…

21 Questions And Answers For HR Managers In 2021

21 Questions and Answers for HR Managers in 2021

COVID-19 tests are available in pharmacies. Can I test my employees, and if they refuse to take a test, deny them access to the workplace? If so, what about their remuneration if they cannot work remotely?” Answers to this question…

VC Series Crowdfunding

New 2021 GABA Event Series: Venture Capital

In 2021, GABA will offer a new event series to support entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial exchange in the US and Germany. Through this series, we will support and build a community of entrepreneurs, investors, and startups across Germany and the US.…

Tracey Grose GABA Vice-Chair

New GABA Vice-Chair: Tracey Grose

We are happy to announce Tracey Grose as the newest member and Vice-Chair of the GABA Board. For over a decade, she has served as an IG Chair in Cleantech. Inspired by the recent strategic developments at GABA Tracey looks…

Thomas Neubert GABA Chairman

New GABA Chairman: Thomas Neubert

We are happy to announce Thomas Neubert as the Chairman of the Board. Thomas is the Senior Director for Innovation & Strategic Business Development at Intel's Incubation group around Datacenters and Artifical Intelligence. Enthusiastic and motivated to define the next…

Berlin Business Office, USA

New GABA Member: Berlin Business Office, USA

Berlin Business Office, USA, fosters business relationships between the United States and Berlin. Even in challenging times of the ongoing global health crisis, the New York office is working at full capacity and sets important pillars for building future bridges.…

GABA Holiday Card 2020

Thank You to GABA’s Community

As we approach the end of 2020, I want to thank each of our supporters for your dedication and hard work during a difficult year. The GABA community thrives because of the commitment of our members, sponsors, IG Chairs, executive…

Taylor Wessing News

“Next Normal Legal” ‒ The Legal Situation in Germany after Covid-19

Taylor Wessing announces a comprehensive new White Paper - quoting the foreword of the in-depth analysis: The expressions “after the fall of the Berlin Wall . . .”, “post-9/11 . . .”, “before the financial crisis . . .” are…

Merger Of Cerity Partners And Worldview Wealth Advisors

Merger of Cerity Partners and Worldview Wealth Advisors

GABA member Worldview Wealth Advisors is now officially combined with Cerity Partners, a leading national independent advisory firm. Going forward, the entire Worldview team will now serve as the San Francisco office of Cerity Partners, and all former Worldview clients…

Global Business Outlook 2021

Global Business Outlook 2021 – Enormous Challenges Before a Global Recovery

Despite the virtual format, GABA's annual Global Business Outlook drew a large audience. At the end of this unprecedented year, four experts presented their views on the economical development, immigration, the particular role of California, Germany, Europe and China, and…


Sign-up for Covid-19 Exposure Notifications in CA

As of today, California's exposure notification system (CA Notify) is available on most phones. It's working principle and privacy features are already familiar to everyone who has attended GABA's contact tracing panel discussion in June. In this time of alarming…

New GABA Website

New GABA Website Benefits All Members

From today on, the German American business community will experience a new face of GABA - our all-new website. The most important information about events and memberships is just one click away, and our new Company Directory has ample space to…

Company Membership Special December 2020

December Company Membership Special: New Benefits – Old Price

On the new GABA website, you see a host of new and improved benefits for GABA company members, such as: Access to a large network of leaders, professionals, potential partners and customers Brand exposure with a new company directory, member…

Luther Risk Check

New: Luther.Risk Check

The new interactive risk assessment tool from Luther Rechtsanwälte will give you a customized result on your organization's Covid-19 related risk exposure in Germany...
The E-Commerce Boom Amidst A Pandemic: Legal Impacts And Trends Event

The E-Commerce Boom Amidst a Pandemic: Legal Impacts and Trends

This very informative event covered many valuable aspects of the expansion process, including the differences in consumer attitude between the US and Germany, and how to use it to your advantage. Speakers from Osborne Clarke, Venable and T3 Micro gave…


Aging with Technology

Together with InnoHealth USA, an initiative of “Research in Germany” led by the Fraunhofer Gesellschaft, GABA presented an expert discussion about aging and its implications, with an emphasis on technology-based solutions. Kris Rebillot, Director of Communications at Buck Institute for…

Climate Urgency: The Stakes Are Rising And Viable Solutions Are Growing

Climate Urgency: The Stakes Are Rising and Viable Solutions Are Growing

GABA had the honor to host top experts from California and Germany, two leading regions in addressing climate change. The panel agreed: there is no time to lose. We have to act and we have to act fast. The Panel…

Ask The Expert: Wealth Planning For Global Families In The U.S.

Ask the Expert: Wealth Planning for Global Families in the U.S.

Experts Andrew Fisher and Libby Dawson from Worldview Wealth Advisors (a new Premium Corporate GABA member) filled the hour with a huge amount of highly valuable information. They covered the most important aspects of financial planning for international families in…

SAP Virtual Speaker Series: Good Design Needs A Crisis

SAP Virtual Speaker Series: Good Design Needs a Crisis

In a joint event with GABA, our own Director of the Board and Head of Hanahaus and Ecosystem at SAP Bay Area, Daniel Zimmer, interviewed two of GABA’s Advisory Board members, Hartmut Esslinger, Founder of Frog Design, and Patricia Roller,…

Virtual Meeting

A Message from Our Executive Director

The last 10 weeks have been difficult and stressful for many members of our community, fighting racial injustice and a global pandemic at the same time. As an organization with a mission to make connections between global communities, GABA shares…

The New Funding Reality

The New Funding Reality

GABA presented an expert panel with venture capitalists and angel investors discussing the rapid changes the pandemic has brought to the investment landscape. Thank you to our panelists Marco Marinucci, Partner at Hella Ventures, Andrew Ogawa, Managing Partner at Quest…

Fireside Chat On The Future Of Mobility

Fireside Chat on the Future of Mobility

Mario Herger and Sven Beiker presented insightful perspectives on the speed in which electric, shared, autonomous, and flying cars will arrive and how they will change our lives. They had differing views in some timeline details, but they agreed that…

GABA Gala 2020 - Florian Leibert

GABA Gala 2020 with Florian Leibert and Vince Ebert

Last Friday, the German American business community celebrated Florian Leibert, Co-Founder and Chief Cloud Officer of Mesosphere, with the Excellence Award and enjoyed a performance of the witty science comedian Vince Ebert. With a beautiful view right at the Golden…

Transatlantic Sync Conference

Transatlantic Sync Conference: Shaping a Digital Future

Three days filled with inspirational discussions and presentations came to a close yesterday. 400 attendees from all over the world listened, contributed and mingled in ample networking breaks and evening events. GABA’s Young Professionals group, headed by Stanford Ph.D. candidates…

Rising Stars Award 2019

Congratulations to Franka Emika, our Rising Stars Award Winner!

GABA, together with the Representative of German Business (GACC West), presented the 5th annual Rising Stars Award event. Congratulations to Franka Emika, this year’s Startup of the Year! Their business idea left a great impression and they also received the…

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